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How Competitive Walking Captivated Georgian Britain
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gambling

How Competitive Walking Captivated Georgian Britain

In 1815, thousands of people came to watch George Wilson, the "Blackheath Pedestrian," walk 1,000 miles.
June 29, 2017
The Practicalities of Transporting a 400-Year-Old Heart
story
hearts

The Practicalities of Transporting a 400-Year-Old Heart

How the traveling body parts of saints get through customs.
March 07, 2017
The Shy Edwardian Filmmaker Who Showed Nature's Secrets to the World
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film

The Shy Edwardian Filmmaker Who Showed Nature's Secrets to the World

F. Percy Smith made flies dance, ants battle, and flowers bloom.
February 21, 2017
How Cab Drivers Changed the London Landscape
story
victorian

How Cab Drivers Changed the London Landscape

Why are there little green huts all over London? To keep cabbies from being wet or drunk.
January 06, 2017
How One Man Used a Deck of Cards to Make Parapsychology a Science
story
cards

How One Man Used a Deck of Cards to Make Parapsychology a Science

Dr. Joseph Rhine believed that psychic powers could be studied—and that he had the tools to do it.
December 27, 2016
The Controversial Device That Might Make You Feel the Presence of a Higher Power
story
neuroscience

The Controversial Device That Might Make You Feel the Presence of a Higher Power

The "God Helmet" has its detractors as well as fans.
November 07, 2016
The Incredible Chevalier d'Eon, Who Left France as a Male Spy and Returned as a Christian Woman
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france

The Incredible Chevalier d'Eon, Who Left France as a Male Spy and Returned as a Christian Woman

Celebrity, scandal, tell-all books, palace intrigue, political protest and more.
July 29, 2016
The Mysterious Origins of a Food That's Always Been Funny: The Sausage
Gastro Obscura
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meat

The Mysterious Origins of a Food That's Always Been Funny: The Sausage

Across civilizations and cultures, encased meat has been a human staple.
June 27, 2016
London's Real Estate Is So Nuts that Businesses Are Opening in Public Toilets
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bathrooms

London's Real Estate Is So Nuts that Businesses Are Opening in Public Toilets

Why bars in former toilets should be a call to arms in the battle for public loos.
May 31, 2016
How Novels Came to Be Written in the Voice of Coins, Stuffed Animals and Other Random Objects
story
literature

How Novels Came to Be Written in the Voice of Coins, Stuffed Animals and Other Random Objects

Why a niche 18th century literary genre still has meaning today.
May 12, 2016
The Epic Century-Long English Battle to Rid Itself of American Squirrels
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squirrel

The Epic Century-Long English Battle to Rid Itself of American Squirrels

The American Revolution looks easy compared to the problem of grey squirrels.
April 27, 2016
Why is Shakespeare Still So Popular? For the Same Reason Tolstoy Hated Him
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shakespeare

Why is Shakespeare Still So Popular? For the Same Reason Tolstoy Hated Him

The fact that the Bard's work is so open to interpretation means it can endure.
April 22, 2016
Inside Laredo, the Secret, Members-Only Wild West Town in England
story
out there week

Inside Laredo, the Secret, Members-Only Wild West Town in England

Its founders have spent weekends re-enacting American frontier life for over 30 years.
April 15, 2016
The World Championship That Takes Place in a British Pub's Parking Lot
story
competitions

The World Championship That Takes Place in a British Pub's Parking Lot

The very English tradition of the British and World Marbles Championships.
April 04, 2016
The True Story of Roland the Farter, and How the Internet Killed Professional Flatulence
story
comedy

The True Story of Roland the Farter, and How the Internet Killed Professional Flatulence

December 28, 2015