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ireland

For Sale: The Most Haunted Mansion in Ireland

Loftus Hall holds tales of Satan, colonialism, and getting stood up by the Queen.
July 29, 2020
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edison

Sold: An 1891 Patent by Granville T. Woods, Innovative Black Engineer

Woods was prolific, but was largely forgotten for many years after his death.
July 22, 2020
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opera

Do These Tubes Hold the Oldest Known Stereo Recordings?

In 1901, a traveling researcher recorded some Chinese opera, and accidentally made music history.
July 15, 2020
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abraham lincoln

Found: A Letter From Frederick Douglass, About the Need for Better Monuments

It was discovered "forensically," thanks to Douglass's distinctive usage of an unusual word.
July 8, 2020
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einstein

For Sale: Proof That Legendary Scientists Were Real People, Too

Letters and trinkets show off the personal sides of Einstein, Hawking, and Schrödinger.
July 1, 2020
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funeral

A New Archive Digitizes More Than a Century of Black American Funeral Programs

A chronicle of lives lived from before the Civil War to today.
June 24, 2020
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coronavirus

The 'Boccaccio Project' Is Capturing the Music of Quarantine

The series joins a growing list of real-time archival initiatives.
June 17, 2020
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nazis

Three Headstones in American Military Cemeteries Bear Swastikas

But not for much longer.
June 10, 2020
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coronavirus

This Mural in Queens Highlights COVID-19's Impact on People of Color

An image of a brave doctor, large enough to be seen from space.
June 2, 2020
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united states

For Sale: The First Printing of 'The Star-Spangled Banner'

A celebration of freedom, published next to advertisements for the slave trade.
May 27, 2020
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youth

The Museum of Youth Culture Wants Your Teenage Memories

Your awkward, rebellious stage, it turns out, is history.
May 20, 2020
Gastro Obscura
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gender

Tips for Responsible Drinking, From 16th-Century Germany

The writer was concerned about the rise of binge-drinking bros.
May 13, 2020
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mail

'Mail Art' Makes a Comeback During Quarantine

All you need is an idea, an envelope, and a stamp.
May 6, 2020
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treehouses

The Life and Fiery Death of the World's Biggest Treehouse

Its dedicated, sagelike maker isn't at all upset.
May 4, 2020
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quarantine

How to Quarantine in a Ghost Town

Cerro Gordo has been abandoned since 1957. Now one man is social distancing there by himself.
April 29, 2020
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new jersey

For Sale: An Abandoned Cold War Missile Launch Site by the Side of the Road

It's a ghost town, but it's got a pool.
April 22, 2020
Gastro Obscura
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citizen science

'Extinct' Apple Varieties Are Actually Everywhere

10 were discovered over just the last few months.
April 17, 2020
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moon

For Sale: A Slice of Stunning, Anomalous Moon Rock Meteorite

It waited 1,000 years in the desert, just for you.
April 15, 2020
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internet

The Ambitious Plan to Digitize 100,000 Historic Texts in Belgium

Two major Antwerp institutions are putting some of their voluminous holdings in the cloud.
April 7, 2020
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epidemics

Is Saint Corona a Guardian Against Epidemics?

Well, she might be now, at least.
March 31, 2020
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rock and roll

For Sale: The Wooden Stage From The Beatles' First Concert

Including its old Victorian-era nails.
March 24, 2020
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auctions

Sold: An Ornate Piano Found on a World War II Battlefield

It traveled three continents, survived desert warfare, and accidentally ended up with a man who'd been looking for it all along.
March 17, 2020
Gastro Obscura
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libraries

Found: A Greasy Leftover Snack Inside a Rare Book

Whether a cookie or a fruit bun, the "offending object" has been discarded.
March 11, 2020
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bones

Has the Case of the Missing Princess-Saint Been Solved?

Scientific evidence suggests that her bones had been hidden behind a church wall for a millennium.
March 11, 2020