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celestial atlas

The Exquisite Drawings from the First Map of the Entire Sky

Johann Bayer's star maps depict the mythological beasts and characters on both celestial spheres.
October 24, 2016
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halloween

Take a Tour of This Amazingly Decorated Halloween House

Get some inspiration for spookifying your abode.
October 21, 2016
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slugs

Watch This Strange-Looking Monkey Slug Take Over a Mailbox

A fuzzy posterior hides the creature's slimy translucent underbelly.
October 18, 2016
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life-awakener

The 1800s Medical Device That Promised Cures by Repeatedly Stabbing Patients

The Life Awakener contraption gave patients "healing" pustules.
October 18, 2016
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lazarus week

Watch These Microscopic Organisms Feast on a Dead Worm

A delightful meal for microbes.
October 14, 2016
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procedural death labyrinths

The Extremely Strange World of Infinite Dungeon Video Games

Why some players get hooked on dying, over and over, to explore a room.
October 14, 2016
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pumpkins

Watch People Paddle a Pumpkin in These Unusual Boat Races

Aquatic pumpkin boat races are held internationally every autumn.
October 11, 2016
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dinnerware

How to Incorporate Human Remains Into Your Dinner Party

Step one: crush 200 bones into a fine powder.
October 11, 2016
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lazarus week

A Religious Cult Believed They Could Be Reborn Inside Mount Fuji's 'Womb Caves'

A 19th-century map describes a hidden network of lava caves.
October 10, 2016
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pumpkins

Watch Pumpkins Get Launched By a Massive Slingshot and Trebuchet

It's a fall tradition.
October 7, 2016
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camouflage

Why Women Pretended to Be Creepy Rocks and Trees in NYC Parks During WWI

Can you find the camouflaged women hiding in these photos?
October 6, 2016
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halloween

Watch This Guy Review Halloween-Themed Sushi, Hot Chocolate, and More

It's the candy you see at the grocery store check-out, but never thought to buy.
October 4, 2016
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conformity

Watch These Awkward Elevator Rides From an Old Episode of Candid Camera

The American prank television show put a psychology conformity theory to the test.
September 30, 2016
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security

This Map Plots the Geocoordinates You May Have Accidentally Left Behind in Digital Photos

Ross Otto mapped 140,000 photos posted on WordPress blogs using the geotags embedded within.
September 28, 2016
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apples

Watch This Machine Dip an Endless Line of Apples Through Caramel

One of the best fall treats.
September 27, 2016
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parasocial relationships

How Our Make-Believe Relationships With Celebrities Shape Our Social Lives

It’s in our nature to want to form relationships with others—even if they don’t know who we are.
September 23, 2016
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crabs

Watch Sand Bubbler Crabs Transform a Beach Into a Field of Tiny Sand Balls

These crustaceans must filter sand fast before the tide returns.
September 22, 2016
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inkblots

These Autograph Albums Are Filled With Ghostly Inkblots

Can you decipher the signatures within these splattered, ambigious shapes?
September 20, 2016
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glass harp

Listen to This Duo Elegantly Play the Harry Potter Theme Music on Glass Goblets

The specially tuned glasses add an extra magical element.
September 19, 2016
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wind

Watch These Buildings Ripple Gently in the Wind

Artist Ned Kahn built these beautiful metallic installations that flutter with the breeze.
September 14, 2016
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american utopias

The Illustrated Map of America's Worst Utopias

The road to weird food communes and sex cults is paved with good intentions.
September 12, 2016
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spiders

Watch This Tiny Rainbow Peacock Spider Dance the Performance of His Life

They dance not just to attract the ladies, but to survive.
September 9, 2016
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telecommunications

Mapping the Hidden Structures of New York City's Internet Networks

The internet is woven everywhere in city design; you just have to look closely.
September 8, 2016
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windmills

Watch These Daredevils Take a Spin on 55-Foot Windmill Sails

It's like revolving on a much less secure Ferris wheel.
September 7, 2016