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rituals week

Watch This Adorable Baby Macaque Roll a Snowball Down a Hill

Making snowballs is part of these Japanese snow monkeys' culture.
December 16, 2016
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taxi

Tokyo's Vibrant, Adorable Taxi Signs Are Disappearing

Neon puppies, cherry blossoms, frogs, and lucky cats.
December 15, 2016
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disco

Watch a Glittering Disco-Ball Cement Mixer Illuminate a Construction Site in France

An artist's invention turns roadways and construction sites into unconventional party zones.
December 13, 2016
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sea monsters

In 1562 Map-Makers Thought America Was Full of Mermaids, Giants, and Dragons

Sea serpents, cannibals, and one of the earliest mentions of California are features of this spectacular map.
December 12, 2016
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fire escape

The Creative and Forgotten Fire Escape Designs of the 1800s

Some were more logical than others.
December 9, 2016
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guitar

Watch Electric Guitars Being Made in 1965 England

“All this to make a bedlam of adolescent noise,” says the curmudgeonly narrator.
December 9, 2016
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crabs

Watch Hermit Crabs Crawl Into Glistening Mini New Yorks and Bangkoks

Artist Aki Inomata's transparent 3-D printed shells serve as beautiful temporary homes for crustaceans.
December 6, 2016
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cobwebs

The Lost Art of Painting on Cobweb Canvases

Monks and peasant artists in the 16th century began this intricate process of re-spinning spider and caterpillar cobwebs.
December 6, 2016
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bibliomania

Bibliomania, the Dark Desire For Books That Infected Europe in the 1800s

Book lovers and collectors feared becoming a victim of the pseudo-illness.
December 2, 2016
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disease

Watch How to Properly Sneeze into a Handkerchief in 1940s England

These public health trailers also teach you about the dangers of crossing the street and germs.
December 1, 2016
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anatomy

The Bizarre 17th-Century Dioramas Made from Real Human Body Parts

Dioramas of infants' skeletons adorned with lace and jewelry were seen as grotesque and beautiful.
November 17, 2016
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globes

Watch How Globes Were Made in 1955 in This North London Workshop

It's a tedious task to build the "world in miniature."
November 15, 2016
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dioramas

These Maps Capture the Spirit of Cities By Collaging Their Hidden Details

This photographer weaves intimate scenes into monochromatic panoramas of massive metropolises.
November 14, 2016
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rubik's cubes

Watch This Orange-Mustached LEGO Robot Solve a Rubik's Cube

It's all in the spin.
November 11, 2016
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poison

The Legendary Chinese Poison Made by Forcing Snakes, Scorpions, and Centipedes to Fight

"Gu" was a mythological substance born from fear, with a dramatic backstory.
November 11, 2016
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panic week

Let These Beautiful Views of Earth From Space Take Your Mind Off Your Worries

Take a moment to think about the bigger picture.
November 8, 2016
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bug out bag

What to Pack Before You Go Off The Grid

Experts tell us what to throw together in case things go seriously wrong.
November 8, 2016
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crowd control

What Happens When Crowds Try To Flee For Their Lives

Researchers study past tragedies to try and prevent them in the future.
November 4, 2016
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slime mold

Watch Gelatinous Slime Mold Smartly Forage for Food

It's amazing how smart a brainless, single-celled organism can be.
November 4, 2016
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bug

Watch This Cute Squishy Caterpillar Launch a Stinky Attack

It's a surprising defense mechanism.
November 1, 2016
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galvanism

The Real Electric Frankenstein Experiments of the 1800s

Why scientists during the late 18th and 19th centuries conducted crude experiments with reanimating corpses.
October 31, 2016
Gastro Obscura
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cooking

In the 1800s, Sick People Would Consult Cookbooks Before Doctors

Need to bake a pie AND cure consumption?
October 28, 2016
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diatoms

Watch This Artist Create Kaleidoscope Masterpieces With Single-Celled Algae

Diatom arrangement is an old Victorian art form.
October 28, 2016
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taxidermy

Take a Virtual Tour of One Man's Strange World of Stuffed Animals

Walter Potter, Victorian taxidermist, transformed a preservation profession into peculiar art.
October 25, 2016