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music box

Listen to the Mystical Music Box Version of Haddaway's 'What Is Love'

This paper-tape music box puts a new spin on the classic dance number.
September 2, 2016
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travel writing

The World’s First Travel Writer Was a Guy From Ancient Greece

You can thank second-century geographer and writer Pausanias for travel literature.
August 31, 2016
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slinky

Watch These Human Slinkies Dance in a Neon Disco

It all started with the simple coiled toy.
August 31, 2016
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video wonders

Watch These Performers Form an Incredible Four-Tiered Human Pyramid on Waterskis

A Chinese and American group team up to turn the extreme sport into a daring art.
August 29, 2016
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rivals

The Fierce, Forgotten Library Wars of the Ancient World

The dark trade of collecting books used to get really messy.
August 26, 2016
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jumping

Watch This Gazelle Spring Across the African Savanna Like a Pogo Stick

Gazelles' "stotting" or "pronking" behavior may be a defense signal to predators.
August 25, 2016
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naval history

In 1983, Staten Island Narrowly Escaped Becoming a Nuclear Stronghold

The remains of the decommissioned Stapleton naval base are a reminder of Cold War-era nuclear anxiety.
August 25, 2016
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jumping

Watch These Sprightly Frogs Compete in a 1965 Jumping Jubilee

The contest takes place every year at the Calaveras County Fair in California.
August 23, 2016
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map monday

This Cartoonist Mapped the Tumultuous World of 1920s Greenwich Village

The neighborhood teemed with "temperamental intellectuals."
August 22, 2016
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pencils

Watch Wooden Blocks Transform Into a Rainbow of Color Pencils

Might make you want to write by hand again.
August 19, 2016
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cardistry

Watch These Cardists Perform Artistic Tricks With Playing Cards

These tricks require all skill, not magic.
August 17, 2016
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network neutrality

The Battle Over Net Neutrality Started With the 1920s-Era 'Hush-A-Phone'

How an early telephone silencer took on AT&T.
August 16, 2016
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bacteria

Watch Bacteria Jiggle, Pulse, and Shine to a Party Rock Anthem

These beautiful bacteria may be able to help scientists detect and treat cancer.
August 15, 2016
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high-five

Watch This Creepy Arm Machine Stuck in an Endless Cycle of Wimpy High Fives

The most anti-climactic high-five ever.
August 11, 2016
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heraean games

When Ancient Greece Banned Women From Olympics, They Started Their Own

Sadly, historians lack good documentation on the badass Heraean Games.
August 10, 2016
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tug of war

Watch Women Face Off in an Intense 1927 Tug of War Competition

The one-time Olympic sport can get very fierce.
August 9, 2016
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globes

A Traditional Globe Maker is Making 3-D Versions of Historic Martian Maps

This German company specializes in planetary spheres based on antique maps.
August 8, 2016
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bats

Watch This Beautiful, Chaotic Bat Ballet

Scientists have found that bats collide into each other more often than they thought.
August 5, 2016
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moon ballet

Will We Ever Know Who Staged This Mysterious Moon Ballet?

A snap from the set of a 1950 sci-fi film has set off a seven-year hunt.
August 4, 2016
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red crabs

Watch a Scuba Diver Swim Through a Swarm of Tiny Red Crabs

These mini-lobster look-alikes are invading the coastlines of California.
August 3, 2016
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neopets

How a Small Group of Devotees Are Saving Neopets From Extinction

25 million people once raised Neopets. A few thousand persevere today, in what has become a virtual ghost town.
August 2, 2016
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molten metal

Watch a Chinese Blacksmith Create Fiery Sparkling Rays With Molten Metal

The farming town of Nuanquan, China, celebrates the Lunar New Year with a 300-year-old spin on fireworks.
August 1, 2016
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lightning

Watch a Mini Volcano Simulator Produce an Electrical Storm

Scientists are trying to better understand the phenomenon to warn air traffic control.
July 27, 2016
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jellyfish lake

Take a Soothing Swim in a Lake Swarming With Golden Jellyfish

The marine environment of the famous Jellyfish Lake is a sanctuary for these majestic drifting creatures.
July 22, 2016