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pigeons

Sold: A Pigeon, for $1.4 Million

Meet Armando, a champion racer.
March 20, 2019
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fiction

For Sale: A Historical Map of the Imagination

Bernard Sleigh's dreamland mashes up myths, fairy tales, and nursery rhymes.
March 18, 2019
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bogs

How Much of Ireland’s ‘Bog Butter’ Is Actually Buttery?

The chunks look and smell like rancid dairy, so scientists set out to confirm it.
March 15, 2019
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chickens

Meet the 'Comet Egg,' Which Definitely Did Not Come From Space

Investigating the old myth that cosmic events can have a fowl impact.
March 14, 2019
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coyotes

What, Exactly, Are Southern California's Coyotes Eating?

Piles of poop are helping researchers dissect the diet of urban and suburban canids.
March 13, 2019
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bibliomania

How to Take a Literary Pilgrimage in the Real World

First get lost in the pages, then get lost in the places.
March 12, 2019
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ice

Icebergs Can Be Surprisingly Colorful

Scientists have a new theory about why they sometimes look like frosty green gemstones.
March 11, 2019
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entomology

The Tiny Sticker That Traveled More Than a Thousand Miles on the Wing of a Butterfly

Tracking these insects takes a little adhesive and a lot of luck.
March 07, 2019
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glaciers

See Iceland's Stunning Glacial Kettles From Above

An abstract view of a changing world.
March 07, 2019
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forensics

Every Dead Whale Has a Tale to Tell

An introduction to cetacean forensics.
March 05, 2019
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europe

Look at Everything Beneath Europe’s Clouds

When the infamously cloudy continent got a February reprieve, satellites got a clear view.
March 04, 2019
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endangered animals

A Visual Guide to the Creatures That Could Disappear From Each U.S. State

If you're endangered, it helps to be famous and cute.
March 01, 2019
Gastro Obscura
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pudding

Please Stop Stuffing Yorkshire Pudding Down the Drain

A bunch of them clogged a sewer in England, like little fatbergs made from flour and eggs.
February 27, 2019
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wind

What Is an 'Ice Shove'?

“This is an impressive display of the power of wind and water!”
February 26, 2019
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bathrooms

The Medieval Toilet Seat That Let You Poop With Friends

This latrine had room for three.
February 21, 2019
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beach

Found: A 50-Year-Old Scientific Message, Stuffed in a Bottle

Thousands were cast into the waves in the 1960s, and one turned up in Texas decades later.
February 18, 2019
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contentious demolitions

Archaeologists Dismantled a Maya Pyramid in Guatemala and Never Put It Back Together

They tore it down in the 1960s to solve the puzzle below.
February 14, 2019
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contentious demolitions

During the Taiping Rebellion, a Stunning 15th-Century Pagoda Met Its Demise

Centuries after the Porcelain Tower was torn down, it was built up again—and this time, made of steel.
February 13, 2019
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contentious demolitions

The German Church Smashed to Smithereens to Make Room for Coal

The town sat atop a trove of rock that was irresistible to fuel companies.
February 12, 2019
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contentious demolitions

Mourners Once Held a Sidewalk Funeral for a Restaurant Named for a Hat

On Valentine’s Day 1994, protestors in Hollywood turned out to eulogize the Brown Derby.
February 11, 2019
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king tut

Our Breath and Sweat Almost Ruined King Tut’s Tomb

But a new circulation system is making things better.
February 08, 2019
Gastro Obscura
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cards

The Handy Playing Cards That Taught 17th-Century Cooks to Carve Meat Like a Pro

The decks suggested proper technique, and were a path to class mobility.
February 06, 2019
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yosemite

For Sale: Old Photos of Huge Trees

These giants fascinated both conservationists and loggers.
February 04, 2019
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moon trees

Whatever Happened to All the Moon Trees?

Sprouted from seeds that traveled to space in 1971, many haven't fared so well back on Earth.
February 01, 2019