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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
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contests

These Are the Most Realistic Fish Ever Carved From Wood

The National Fish Decoy Association contest celebrates the best of the best.
May 24, 2019
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recipe

These Belgian Monks Are Reopening a Medieval Microbrewery

The operation has been dormant for more than 220 years.
May 22, 2019
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south africa

Found: The Earliest Evidence of Humans Cooking and Eating Starch

We were eating rhizomes and tubers as early as 120,000 years ago.
May 20, 2019
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atom bombs

Found: Glass Fallout From the Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima

The particles have covered nearby beaches, unnoticed, for nearly 75 years.
May 15, 2019
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england

This Could Be England's Earliest Known Christian Burial

Sixteen years of research have revealed the secrets of a major excavation.
May 13, 2019
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fire

Italian Vineyards Are Glowing From the Light of Hundreds of Torches

It's a beautiful, if imperfect, antidote to crop-damaging cold.
May 10, 2019
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livestock

The Elite, Poison Ivy–Munching Goats Taking on New York's Invasive Weeds

There's a benefit to being able to eat almost anything.
May 08, 2019
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taxes

Martha Washington Used a Government Perk to Cancel Her Newspaper

Just four of her "Free Franks"—letters delivered without postage—are known to survive.
May 06, 2019
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industrial revolution

Skull-Shaped Beer Steins Were Once Popular Graduation Gifts

They were part of a broader wave of adventurous stein-craft.
May 03, 2019
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italy

This Lock of Hair Could Tell Us Where da Vinci Is Buried

The location of his remains is in dispute.
May 01, 2019
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boston

Sold: A Vintage Babe Ruth Card Found in a Piano

It went to the tune of $130,000.
April 29, 2019
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teeth

A Hunter-Gatherer Ate an Entire Rattlesnake and We Have the Poop to Prove It

"We know that the person must have lived to the point of defecation."
April 24, 2019