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media

The Refined, Scandalous Art of Japan's Traditional Woodblock Tabloids

Shinbun nishiki-e were the country's answer to penny dreadfuls.
May 17, 2018
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islam

America's First Ramadan Break-Fast Was Hosted by Thomas Jefferson

The United States' first iftar took place at the home of the third President.
May 16, 2018
Gastro Obscura
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ninjas

The ‘Ninja Diet’ Prioritized Fortitude, Stealth, and Eliminating Body Odor

Understanding what shinobi ate, amid a stew of myths and misconceptions.
May 16, 2018
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waves

The Largest Wave Ever Recorded in the Southern Hemisphere Crashed Down Near New Zealand

It was a ridge of water the height of an eight-story building.
May 11, 2018
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caves

For 78,000 Years, People Have Called a Kenyan Forest Cave Home

The layers of Panga ya Saidi reveal millennia of subtle cultural and technological change.
May 10, 2018
Gastro Obscura
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diets

How a Special Diet Kept the Knights Templar Fighting Fit

Silent meals, a buddy system, and wine “in moderation.”
May 08, 2018
Gastro Obscura
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apples

The Fight to Save the Original Bramley Apple Tree

An iconic fruit tree is suffering from an incurable fungal disease.
May 08, 2018
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russia

How the USSR Turned Houses of Worship Into Museums of Atheism

In these Soviet churches, religion was banned.
May 07, 2018
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new zealand

Why Is New Zealand So Often Left Off World Maps?

An island nation's call for help.
May 02, 2018
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mathematics

Scientists Have Confirmed the Longest Straight Line Over Water

They do not recommend sailing it.
May 01, 2018
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visual

The Man Searching the World for Artifacts Bearing His Name

Why an artist named Glen Eden collects "Glen Eden" memorabilia.
April 30, 2018
Gastro Obscura
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april fools day

Help Us Solve This Gefilte Fish Mystery

Do you remember a spoof news segment about this traditional Jewish food?
April 26, 2018
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theft

The Brazen Heist of a Human Heart in a Solid Gold Casket

Stolen from a French museum, the artifact was recovered by police a week later.
April 26, 2018
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paleontology

The Puzzles and Pitfalls of Reconstructing Paraceratherium, the Largest Ever Land Mammal

Piecing together a giant prehistoric rhinoceros is as hard as it looks.
April 26, 2018
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ecology

The Quiet Glory of Chronicling America’s Champion Trees

One man's quest to document a nation's arboreal heritage.
April 26, 2018
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dodos

Investigating the Cold-Blooded Murder of a Long-Dead Dodo

Who killed the flightless bird at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History?
April 26, 2018
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paleontology

Around 5,000 Years Ago, People Performed Brain Surgery on This Cow

The question is: Why?
April 19, 2018
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castles

A 'Very Angry Badger' Wreaked Havoc in a 500-Year-Old Scottish Castle

He's since calmed down and headed home.
April 18, 2018
Gastro Obscura
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coca cola

Russia's Patriotic Alternative to Coca-Cola Is Made Out of Bread

For centuries, Russians have celebrated their Slavic roots with kvass.
April 18, 2018
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literature

These Literary Vending Machines Serve Up Short Stories

Little pieces of literature, on demand.
April 16, 2018
Gastro Obscura
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hitler

The Forgotten Nazi History of ‘One-Pot Meals’

Officials believed the stews and soups had the power to unite Germany.
April 12, 2018
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secrets

The Secret Codes Hidden in the Books of a Scottish Library

The mysterious symbols are a way for elderly readers to keep track of what they've already read.
April 05, 2018
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neanderthals

Why Did Neanderthals Have Such a Distinctive Face Shape?

New research disproves an often-cited theory about their powerful bite.
April 05, 2018
Gastro Obscura
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new zealand

The ‘Six O’Clock Swill’ Was an Hour of Drunken Anarchy

How Australia and New Zealand’s restrictive alcohol laws fostered a culture of binge drinking.
April 04, 2018