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When Physicians Used Lunar Signs to Diagnose Patients
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astrology

When Physicians Used Lunar Signs to Diagnose Patients

Meet the Zodiac Man.
August 07, 2017
The Woman Who Collected More Than 25,000 Menus
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restaurants

The Woman Who Collected More Than 25,000 Menus

Her dream? To preserve the culinary history of the early 1900s.
August 04, 2017
The Ancient Glass-Blowing Technique That Was Kept Secret for Centuries
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italy

The Ancient Glass-Blowing Technique That Was Kept Secret for Centuries

For protection, Venetian glassmakers were banned from leaving the city.
August 04, 2017
This Unusual 1948 PSA Depicts a World Without Paper
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paper

This Unusual 1948 PSA Depicts a World Without Paper

Get used to eating rice directly out of your pocket.
August 03, 2017
The Mystery of a Beheaded Austrian Statue, Solved
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austria

The Mystery of a Beheaded Austrian Statue, Solved

Residents reported the missing head last Friday.
August 02, 2017
Looking at Famous Buildings Through Water Droplets
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tourism

Looking at Famous Buildings Through Water Droplets

Serbian photographer Dusan Stojancevic offers a unique perspective on the world's most iconic structures.
August 02, 2017
Why This Historic New Jersey House Is Selling for Just $10
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houses

Why This Historic New Jersey House Is Selling for Just $10

There is a catch.
August 01, 2017
The Early Gay Rights Manifesto That Lord Byron (Probably) Didn't Write
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britain

The Early Gay Rights Manifesto That Lord Byron (Probably) Didn't Write

In the 19th century, the poem "Don Leon" argued for British Parliament to drop the death penalty for homosexuality.
July 31, 2017
Sculpting Star Trek Characters With Butter at the Iowa State Fair
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sculptures

Sculpting Star Trek Characters With Butter at the Iowa State Fair

Next up: Laura Ingalls Wilder.
July 31, 2017
The $30,000 Adult Coloring Book
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color

The $30,000 Adult Coloring Book

It features illustrations from the creator of an Elton John album cover.
July 28, 2017
How Clothing Made From Milk Became the Height of Fashion in Mussolini's Italy
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milk

How Clothing Made From Milk Became the Height of Fashion in Mussolini's Italy

"In the future, you’ll be able to choose between drinking a glass of milk and wearing one."
July 28, 2017
This Glow-In-The-Dark Library Was Designed to Mimic a Diamond
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libraries

This Glow-In-The-Dark Library Was Designed to Mimic a Diamond

The National Library of Belarus glitters through the day and night.
July 27, 2017
A Look Back at the Desegregation of the U.S. Military
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black history

A Look Back at the Desegregation of the U.S. Military

On July 26, 1948, black leaders convinced President Truman to address discrimination in the armed services.
July 26, 2017
A Chinese Museum Is Offering Big Money to Whomever Can Decode This Ancient Script
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china

A Chinese Museum Is Offering Big Money to Whomever Can Decode This Ancient Script

The going rate is $15,000 per character.
July 25, 2017
What Do You Call This Hat?
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hats

What Do You Call This Hat?

The strange case of the knit cap and its many, many regional names.
July 24, 2017
Watch a Swirly, Colorful NASA Vortex Test From the '70s
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space

Watch a Swirly, Colorful NASA Vortex Test From the '70s

Wingtip vortices are pretty trippy.
July 24, 2017
The Artist Who Creates Portraits With a Clothing Iron
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clothing

The Artist Who Creates Portraits With a Clothing Iron

See a face in that tulle? It's not just you.
July 21, 2017
The Anti-Waiter Sentiment That Made Automat Restaurants Go Mainstream
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restaurants

The Anti-Waiter Sentiment That Made Automat Restaurants Go Mainstream

The "waiterless" restaurants that weren't.
July 21, 2017
Librarian Finds Live Civil-War Artillery Shells on Her First Day
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civil war

Librarian Finds Live Civil-War Artillery Shells on Her First Day

But not even that could faze her.
July 21, 2017
The Family That Lives With Bees
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bees

The Family That Lives With Bees

They've shared a home for 12 years.
July 20, 2017
A Parthenon of Banned Books, Built at a Former Book-Burning Site
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books

A Parthenon of Banned Books, Built at a Former Book-Burning Site

A replica of the Greek structure has been constructed out of forbidden titles.
July 19, 2017
The 19th-Century Lithuanians Who Smuggled Books to Save Their Language
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lithuania

The 19th-Century Lithuanians Who Smuggled Books to Save Their Language

They banded together against book burnings to fight an empire.
July 19, 2017
This Moving Light Fixture Mimics a Blooming Flower
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plants

This Moving Light Fixture Mimics a Blooming Flower

Its actions parallel the process of "nyctinasty."
July 18, 2017
This Japanese Scroll Was Re-Printed a Million Times—700 Years Before Gutenberg
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printing

This Japanese Scroll Was Re-Printed a Million Times—700 Years Before Gutenberg

The eighth-century documents were stored in tiny pagodas.
July 18, 2017