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

The question is: Why?
April 19, 2018
A 'Very Angry Badger' Wreaked Havoc in a 500-Year-Old Scottish Castle
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A 'Very Angry Badger' Wreaked Havoc in a 500-Year-Old Scottish Castle

He's since calmed down and headed home.
April 18, 2018
Russia's Patriotic Alternative to Coca-Cola Is Made Out of Bread
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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
These Literary Vending Machines Serve Up Short Stories
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These Literary Vending Machines Serve Up Short Stories

Little pieces of literature, on demand.
April 16, 2018
The Forgotten Nazi History of ‘One-Pot Meals’
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The Forgotten Nazi History of ‘One-Pot Meals’

Officials believed the stews and soups had the power to unite Germany.
April 12, 2018
The Secret Codes Hidden in the Books of a Scottish Library
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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
Why Did Neanderthals Have Such a Distinctive Face Shape?
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Why Did Neanderthals Have Such a Distinctive Face Shape?

New research disproves an often-cited theory about their powerful bite.
April 05, 2018
The ‘Six O’Clock Swill’ Was an Hour of Drunken Anarchy
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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
We've Been Nominated for a Webby Award
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We've Been Nominated for a Webby Award

The prize that honors the best of the internet.
April 04, 2018
An Online Collection of Maps Highlights the World’s Saddest Spots
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An Online Collection of Maps Highlights the World’s Saddest Spots

Which way to Broken Heart Street?
April 02, 2018
The Rediscovery of a 1920s Silent Film Predicting the Rise of Nazism
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The Rediscovery of a 1920s Silent Film Predicting the Rise of Nazism

"The City Without Jews" is returning to cinemas for the first time in decades.
April 02, 2018
Remembering the Tansy, the Forgotten Easter Pancake of Centuries Past
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Remembering the Tansy, the Forgotten Easter Pancake of Centuries Past

Green, herbal, and slightly toxic.
March 30, 2018
The Controversial Process of Redesigning the Wheelchair Symbol
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The Controversial Process of Redesigning the Wheelchair Symbol

It has its own emoji, but where did the new Accessible Icon come from?
March 29, 2018
An Enormous, Four-Foot Wildcat Has Been Spotted in a Scottish Forest
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An Enormous, Four-Foot Wildcat Has Been Spotted in a Scottish Forest

It's been nicknamed "the Clashindarroch Beast."
March 28, 2018
The Exoneration of 6 Indigenous Canadian Chiefs, Wrongfully Executed in 1864
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The Exoneration of 6 Indigenous Canadian Chiefs, Wrongfully Executed in 1864

The long road to reparations.
March 27, 2018
Karl Marx Is the Latest Historical Figure Helping People Cross the Road
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Karl Marx Is the Latest Historical Figure Helping People Cross the Road

Green means go, revolutionary red means stop.
March 23, 2018
The Victorian Cards That Explained How to Use a Book to Flirt
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The Victorian Cards That Explained How to Use a Book to Flirt

"Resting on right cheek: You are too willing."
March 23, 2018
Found: The Wreck of the USS Juneau, Where 5 Brothers From Iowa Died
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Found: The Wreck of the USS Juneau, Where 5 Brothers From Iowa Died

An incredible St. Patrick's day discovery.
March 21, 2018
Why the Choctaw People Sent Their Meager Funds to Ireland
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Why the Choctaw People Sent Their Meager Funds to Ireland

An incredible act of generosity sparked a 171-year bond between two peoples.
March 21, 2018
Mysterious Road Signs to Fictional Places Have Appeared in Didcot, England
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Mysterious Road Signs to Fictional Places Have Appeared in Didcot, England

This way to Narnia!
March 20, 2018
The Enigmatic, Celestial Steve Makes an Appearance in Scotland
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The Enigmatic, Celestial Steve Makes an Appearance in Scotland

Thanks to citizen scientists, this aurora is anthropomorphic.
March 19, 2018
The Dying Art of Fishing for Shrimp on Horseback
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The Dying Art of Fishing for Shrimp on Horseback

In Oostduinkerke, Belgium, horses plow the ocean instead of the fields.
March 16, 2018
Marvel at Tiny, Perfect Staircases Made by a Secret Society of French Woodworkers
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Marvel at Tiny, Perfect Staircases Made by a Secret Society of French Woodworkers

Who are the compagnons?
March 14, 2018
How to Wake Up a Geriatric Squid
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How to Wake Up a Geriatric Squid

Poking it a little helps.
March 14, 2018