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anatomy

What It's Like to Work in a Synthetic Cadaver Factory

Bodybuilding, for real.
March 25, 2019
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george washington

Secrets of George Washington's Hidden Beer Recipe

It's not as delicious as you might expect.
March 11, 2019
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rare

Secrets of One of the Earliest Terrestrial Globes

The Hunt-Lenox Globe is significant in so many ways.
February 27, 2019
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infrequently asked questions

Meet the Man Behind Brooklyn's Pinball Speakeasy

It's hidden in the back of a laundromat.
February 22, 2019
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relationships

A Visit to the Museum of Broken Relationships

A unique collection focused on what happens after love dies.
February 13, 2019
Gastro Obscura
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bread

The Chinese Bagel That Helped to Win a War

General Qi Jiguang's 500-year-old military tactic still makes a good breakfast.
February 07, 2019
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bunnies

The Love Story Behind L.A.'s Bunny Museum

Candace Frazee and Steve Lubanski’s collection has grown to over 30,000 rabbit-related items.
February 04, 2019
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tools

A CIA-Issued Rectal Tool Kit for Spies

This imaginative gadget was designed to get operatives out of difficult situations.
January 24, 2019
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economics

The Nazi Spy Tactic That Almost Destroyed Britain's Economy

The German army's Operation Bernhard sought to flood the British economy with counterfeit bills.
January 09, 2019
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puppets

A Visit to One of America's Longest-Running Puppetry Theaters

The Bob Baker Marionette Theater has been serving up laughs and ice cream since 1963.
January 03, 2019
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video

Exploring the Ruins of a Medieval East African Empire

Kilwa Kisiwani ("Isle of the Fish") was once the heart of Swahili culture and commerce.
January 02, 2019
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metal

The True Story Behind America's Most 'Metal' Cemetery

Metallic gravestones, as it turns out, don't age well.
December 12, 2018
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lgbt

Reviving—and Reinventing—the Magic of Khmer Classical Dance

Cambodia's first LGBTQ dance company has big dreams.
December 10, 2018
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synagogues

The Muslims Preserving Kolkata’s Last Jewish Synagogues

"It's not ours or theirs, it's for both of us."
November 26, 2018
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dreams

How Indonesia's Chicken Church Went From Dream to Reality

It took almost three decades.
November 16, 2018
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profiles

How a 'Bug Whisperer' Helps Haters Learn to Love Insects

“The fear and hatred of insects is just the fear of the unknown,” says Aaron Rodriques.
November 14, 2018
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anatomy

A Close-Up Look at the Most Influential Medical Book of the 16th Century

Andreas Vesalius dissected the bodies of executed prisoners to better understand human anatomy.
November 09, 2018
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television

Why There's a Columbo Statue in the Middle of Budapest

The American television character is memorialized in an unlikely locale.
October 23, 2018
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villas

The Real Story Behind Northern Italy's Abandoned 'Ghost Mansion'

"The ghost was me!" says Giuseppe Negri, who grew up at Villa de Vecchi.
October 17, 2018
Gastro Obscura
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baking

A Visit to the World's Only Sourdough Library

Step inside Karl De Smedt's singular collection of starters.
October 11, 2018
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collection

Unboxing the World's Largest Lizard

The Field Museum preserves its Komodo dragon specimens in Everclear, which they buy in 55 gallon drums.
October 10, 2018
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pop culture

Inside the World's Best Collection of Unintentionally Funny VHS Tapes

Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher have made a career of their never-ending hunt for oddball footage.
October 01, 2018
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invertebrates

Unboxing a Roly-Poly the Size of Your Head

A close-up look at giant isopod specimens.
September 27, 2018
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space

One Family's Hidden Museum of Retro-Future Artifacts

Meet the Kleemans and their vast collection of space-age toys and ephemera.
September 25, 2018