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Found: A Mysterious Extinct Gibbon in an Ancient Chinese Tomb
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Found: A Mysterious Extinct Gibbon in an Ancient Chinese Tomb

It's thought the animal may have been kept as a pet.
June 22, 2018
How Iceland Beat the British in the Four Cod Wars
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How Iceland Beat the British in the Four Cod Wars

For decades, two island nations came to blows over fish.
June 21, 2018
The Dazzling Quilts of 19th-Century British Soldiers Are Threaded With Mystery
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The Dazzling Quilts of 19th-Century British Soldiers Are Threaded With Mystery

We still don't know how or why they made these elaborate textiles.
June 19, 2018
Sold: Napoleon's Hat, Salvaged From the Waterloo Battlefield
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Sold: Napoleon's Hat, Salvaged From the Waterloo Battlefield

It was picked up for $407,000 at auction.
June 18, 2018
Why a Hawaiian Volcano Is Sprouting Golden 'Goddess Hair'
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Why a Hawaiian Volcano Is Sprouting Golden 'Goddess Hair'

The gossamer strands are beautiful, but potentially dangerous.
June 15, 2018
The Dark and Fabulous Dinner Parties of the First Professional Food Critic
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The Dark and Fabulous Dinner Parties of the First Professional Food Critic

Grimod de La Reynière hosted his own funeral.
June 14, 2018
This Map Shows 42 Sites of British Suffragette Protest and Sabotage
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This Map Shows 42 Sites of British Suffragette Protest and Sabotage

They've all been officially recognized on the English National Heritage List.
June 08, 2018
Eating Like an Astronaut Means Kimchi for Koreans and Lasagna for Italians
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Eating Like an Astronaut Means Kimchi for Koreans and Lasagna for Italians

What people eat in space depends a lot on where they’re from on earth.
June 07, 2018
The Ninety-Nines Was Amelia Earhart’s Club for Female Aviators
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The Ninety-Nines Was Amelia Earhart’s Club for Female Aviators

Runner-up name choices included Gadflies, Noisy Birdwomen, and Homing Pigeons.
June 06, 2018
A Firm Is Now Making Fish Food From Whisky
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A Firm Is Now Making Fish Food From Whisky

Unfortunately, it won't make the salmon taste like scotch.
June 06, 2018
The Lost Lingo of New York City’s Soda Jerks
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The Lost Lingo of New York City’s Soda Jerks

Anyone for a "glob"?
June 01, 2018
For Sale: A Winsome Map Showing the Way to Pooh Corner
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For Sale: A Winsome Map Showing the Way to Pooh Corner

Explore the "100 Aker Wood" for only $200,000.
May 31, 2018
What Was the Point of Elevator Music?
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What Was the Point of Elevator Music?

Contrary to popular belief, it wasn't because lifts were terrifying.
May 31, 2018
How the U.S. Army Botched Feeding Its Female Soldiers in WWII
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How the U.S. Army Botched Feeding Its Female Soldiers in WWII

Outcomes included weight gain, sexual harassment, and skipping meals.
May 25, 2018
Remembering the 'Saurian Monster' That Terrorized 1880s New Zealand
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Remembering the 'Saurian Monster' That Terrorized 1880s New Zealand

How hysteria bred a mystery.
May 23, 2018
The Lesbian Pulp Fiction That Saved Lives
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The Lesbian Pulp Fiction That Saved Lives

How potboilers and pin-ups showed gay and bisexual women they were not alone.
May 22, 2018
Found: A Pickpocket's Coin, Used for Ill-Gotten Gains
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Found: A Pickpocket's Coin, Used for Ill-Gotten Gains

In 18th-century Russia, a two-kopeck coin could be worth much more than face value.
May 18, 2018
The Refined, Scandalous Art of Japan's Traditional Woodblock Tabloids
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The Refined, Scandalous Art of Japan's Traditional Woodblock Tabloids

Shinbun nishiki-e were the country's answer to penny dreadfuls.
May 17, 2018
America's First Ramadan Break-Fast Was Hosted by Thomas Jefferson
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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
The ‘Ninja Diet’ Prioritized Fortitude, Stealth, and Eliminating Body Odor
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The ‘Ninja Diet’ Prioritized Fortitude, Stealth, and Eliminating Body Odor

Understanding what shinobi ate, amid a stew of myths and misconceptions.
May 16, 2018
The Largest Wave Ever Recorded in the Southern Hemisphere Crashed Down Near New Zealand
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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
For 78,000 Years, People Have Called a Kenyan Forest Cave Home
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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
How a Special Diet Kept the Knights Templar Fighting Fit
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How a Special Diet Kept the Knights Templar Fighting Fit

Silent meals, a buddy system, and wine “in moderation.”
May 08, 2018
The Fight to Save the Original Bramley Apple Tree
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The Fight to Save the Original Bramley Apple Tree

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