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internet

The Remarkable Story of a Woman Who Preserved Over 30 Years of TV History

Thousands of hours of Marion Stokes's personal recordings will now be digitized, one tape at a time.
April 29, 2019
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manuscripts

Found: A 400-Year-Old Bible That Was Stolen From a Pennsylvania Library

It is one of hundreds of documents taken from the Pittsburgh's Carnegie Library collection.
April 26, 2019
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cuneiform

How to Calm a Crying Baby Like a Mesopotamian

Sing a simple song and sprinkle some sacred dust.
April 24, 2019
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medicine

Found: A Quack’s Medicine Bottles, Buried Behind a Haunted Hotel

Some of the vessels contain tissue samples, while others held a dubious "cancer cure."
April 17, 2019
Gastro Obscura
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dairy

Lush Island Seeks Intrepid Dairy Farmer With Herd

Is it you?
April 16, 2019
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For Sale: The Telegram That Announced Abraham Lincoln’s Death

For generations, the document was in the possession of a Union general's family.
April 12, 2019
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cave

These Cherokee Cave Inscriptions Describe a 19th-Century Stickball Game

The competition took place on April 30, 1828.
April 11, 2019
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crafts

What a Blanket Made With Dog Hair Can Tell Us About Indigenous Communities in the Pacific Northwest

The Coast Salish wool dog has been extinct for a little over a century.
April 05, 2019
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farming

Found: Massive, Ancient Maya Farms

The fields offer insights into historic trade routes.
April 03, 2019
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carnivorous plants

Venus Flytraps Are a 'Horrid Prison,' But Only for Certain Insects

Medium-size bugs beware.
March 27, 2019
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textiles

How to Dress Like an Ottoman

A 19th-century style guide displays the diversity of an empire.
March 26, 2019
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roads

The Race to Put Thousands of Miles of English Walking Paths Back on the Map

Corpse roads are among the country's traditional trails.
March 22, 2019
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repatriation

Locks of an Ethiopian Emperor's Hair Are Returning Home From London

Years after having been taken from his dead body after a brutal defeat.
March 21, 2019
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preservation

Found: A Historic Trolley Hidden Inside a House

When Trenton's streetcars came to a halt in the 1930s, one literally found a home.
March 19, 2019
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ecology

How Puma Leftovers Help Shape the Forest Ecosystem

They feed loads and loads of beetles, in addition to foxes, bears, and more.
March 13, 2019
Gastro Obscura
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oil

Italian Olive Oil Is Facing a Perfect Storm of Climate and Pests

It may not be long before the country has to import some of its supply.
March 08, 2019
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manuscripts

Found: A Medical Manual Linking Medieval Ireland to the Islamic World

Knowledge transcends borders.
March 06, 2019
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jobs

The Job That Will Let You Do Whatever You Want in a Swedish Train Station, Forever

Or at least until you want to do something else.
March 04, 2019
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classic

Where Did All the Refugees From Vesuvius End Up?

Their quest for new lives wouldn't have been that different than that of refugees today.
February 27, 2019
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propaganda

The Soviet Union Encouraged Children to Take Pictures, But Rarely Showed Them

“Just as every forward-looking comrade must have a watch, so must he be able to handle a camera."
February 26, 2019
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illuminated manuscripts

See a Dazzling, Exuberant Renaissance Calligraphy Guide

A masterclass in script, illuminated with an array of curiosities.
February 25, 2019
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bees

Found: The Biggest Bee in the World

It had been 40 years since the last sighting in Indonesia's Maluku Islands.
February 21, 2019
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nasa

See the Pixelated Desert That Powers Your Phone Battery

A lithium lakebed in Chile from above.
February 19, 2019
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breakup week

Tolstoy Ghosted His Wife Then Up and Died

But he did not get the quiet death he was seeking.
February 15, 2019