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contests

See the Winning Cakes From Melbourne's Architectural Baking Contest

The city's iconic buildings inspired some monumental desserts.
September 04, 2019
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vinyl

Found in a Record Store: Kurt Cobain's Royalty Check

He never even cashed it.
September 03, 2019
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england

Found: 2,500 Medieval Coins, and Evidence of Tax Evasion

Making heads or tails of a discovery in southwestern England.
August 28, 2019
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radio

For Sale: A Signed Copy of King Edward VIII's Abdication Speech

Fort Belvedere, where he gave up the throne, has seen both historic romance and political crisis.
August 26, 2019
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cards

Sold: A Set of 54 Whisky Bottles, One for Every Playing Card

Only four such sets are known to exist.
August 22, 2019
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mediterranean

The Bones at India's Mysterious 'Skeleton Lake' Came From All Over

New research reveals that the hundreds of anonymous dead spanned both continents and centuries.
August 21, 2019
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chill week

When a Volcano in El Salvador Cooled Down the Entire World

It may have even helped bring on the bubonic plague.
August 19, 2019
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renaissance

Found: Hidden Sketches Underneath a da Vinci Painting

Glimpses of a master revising, changing, and editing.
August 15, 2019
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salad

For Sale: A 1699 Treatise on the Best Ways to Make Salad

Though John Evelyn wasn't a vegetarian, he did appear to be ahead of his time.
August 12, 2019
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elvis

For Sale: Elvis Presley's Dusty Old Lincoln Limo

The King kind of had a thing for cars.
August 07, 2019
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insects

Found in a Cemetery: A New Species of Beetle

It's alive!
August 05, 2019
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mcdonalds

The Roman Baths of Caracalla Will Not Be Getting a McDonald's After All

The relationship between Rome's cultural heritage sites and the burger chain is long and contentious.
August 02, 2019
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internet

Redditors Are Stapling Bread to Trees in Sheffield, England

It's only the latest phase of a global phenomenon.
July 19, 2019
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invertebrates

Meet the Noisy, Head-Butting Marine Worms That Live Near Japan

Their "mouth-fighting" produces one of the loudest underwater sounds ever recorded.
July 17, 2019
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astronauts

For Sale: 200 Extraterrestrial Artifacts That Bring Space Down to Earth

The auction commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.
July 15, 2019
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paper

The Reunion of Two Halves of a Piece of Paper Ripped Apart by Paul Cézanne

They could help piece together his life and work.
July 12, 2019
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letters

Found: 15 Wallets From the 1940s, Stolen and Stashed Behind a Bathroom Wall

The cash is gone, but a lot of memories remain.
July 10, 2019
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landmarks

The Quest to Revive the Bay Area's Fabled Doggie Diners

One man is determined to get these giant dachshunds smiling down on customers once more.
July 10, 2019
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vinyl

For Sale: 40 Years of Vinyl Singles That Topped the British Charts

Tim Claydon collected each and every No. 1 record released between 1952 and 1992.
July 05, 2019
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united kingdom

Found: A British Suffragette's Protest Medal in a Bureau Drawer

No one knows how this piece of history ended up there.
June 28, 2019
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abraham lincoln

This Lincoln Bible Has Been Hiding for 150 Years

Since 1872, it's been in the custody of a Lincoln-family friend and his descendants.
June 20, 2019
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hemingway

Sold: A Letter Where Hemingway Complains That He Sucks at Bullfighting

At least it gave him lots of material.
June 13, 2019
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madrid

Solved: A Case of Mistaken Identity in a Madrid Art Museum

Auguste Rodin takes his rightful place in the portrait gallery, evicting King Leopold II of Belgium.
June 06, 2019
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salt

Found: 20,000-Year-Old Seawater From the Ice Age

It was stored inside limestone beneath the seafloor.
May 30, 2019