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route 66

Along the Remains of Route 66, Road Trip Trash Has Become Treasure

Welcome to the "throw zone."
November 15, 2019
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construction

Picturing Manhattan's Shortest Buildings From the Ground Floor

A photographer set out to document single-story buildings—the anti-skyscrapers.
November 11, 2019
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storms

Some Ships Keep Sailing Even After They're Wrecked

A century-old iron scow is inching closer to the brink of Niagara Falls.
November 8, 2019
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megafauna

The Founding Fathers' Favorite Mastodon Is Coming Home for a Visit

Here's how you ship the skeleton of long-dead megafauna across the Atlantic.
November 6, 2019
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real estate

For Sale: A Quaint Building Straight Out of a Norman Rockwell Painting

A Victorian storefront made famous in a 1967 painting is on the market—winter wonderland not included.
November 4, 2019
Gastro Obscura
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funeral food

Eat Your Sorrow With These Victorian Funeral Biscuits

Ingredients often included molasses, caraway seeds, ginger, and grief.
October 30, 2019
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legendary afterlives

The Spirited Afterlife of Detroit’s Little Red Demon

The Nain Rouge has been stirring up trouble—and maybe generating some goodwill—for more than 300 years.
October 28, 2019
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freemasons

The Grandeur of Old Masonic Temples Also Makes Them Vulnerable to Fires

They're hard to reuse, and can be quick to burn.
October 22, 2019
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zoos

The 19th-Century French Frenzy for Species Swapping, in a Single Chart

Quaggas, ibises, and tapirs, oh my!
October 17, 2019
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dissection

A Dead, Decomposing Whale Once Toured the United Kingdom

The Tay Whale brought together science, spectacle, and hucksterism in the quest to turn a buck.
October 16, 2019
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dentistry

For Sale: Jane Austen’s Wince-Inducing Descriptions of 19th-Century Dentistry

In a letter to her sister, the novelist politely recounts a grisly scene.
October 16, 2019
Gastro Obscura
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bamboo

Picturing China's Bamboo Chopstick Industry From the Sky

Aerial views highlight a sliver of the huge business.
October 15, 2019
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churchill

For Sale: A Cigar Puffed by Winston Churchill in 1953

When the politician dropped it in a London theater, an usher swooped in to save it.
October 11, 2019
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smells

How Scientists Are Recreating Dinosaur Breath

At the Field Museum, visitors can now get a whiff of the Cretaceous.
October 10, 2019
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prohibition

For Sale: A Pink Temple to Temperance With a Dubious History of Debauchery

The rosy-hued house in Louisville, Kentucky, could be yours.
October 9, 2019
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exploration

The 19th-Century Charts That Put the World's Waterfalls on One Impossible Landscape

Imagine the roar.
October 8, 2019
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pigs

Londoners Once Wondered If Feral Hogs Roamed Victorian-Era Sewers

Lots of legends seem to start underground.
October 3, 2019
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drones

Drone-Piloting Scientists 'Weighed' Whales From 130 Feet in the Air

In Argentina, aerial imagery helps researchers get a close look at southern right whales from a distance.
October 2, 2019
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19th century

For Sale: A 19th-Century Silk Map of North America, Tiny Enough to Fit on a Pincushion

The cartographic curio was probably an educational tool.
September 27, 2019
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bogs

The Triumphant Return of England's Insect-Eating, Bog-Loving, Rad-Looking Great Sundew Plant

A conservation group is hoping that as peat bogs spring back, so will carnivorous plants.
September 17, 2019
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lobster

Found: A Fantastically Two-Toned Lobster Off the Coast of Maine

A little speckled, a little orange, a little mysterious.
September 16, 2019
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children

Why Kids Find the Darndest Prehistoric Things

It helps to be curious, low to the ground, and not afraid to look a little silly.
September 16, 2019
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trash

Sometimes Trash Is Treasured in America's National Parks

Bottles, cans, and more can reveal a long history of industry, recreation, and shenanigans.
September 13, 2019
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nasa

What It's Like to Live on the Sea Floor to Simulate Life in Space

Researchers squeeze into an underwater habitat off Florida to help prepare for missions to the Moon and beyond.
September 9, 2019