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Did Mister Softee Just Taunt New York City?
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Did Mister Softee Just Taunt New York City?

An eerie version of the jingle sharply contrasts a former attempt to silence it.
May 25, 2018
Remembering the ‘Knocker-Ups’ Hired to Wake Workers With Pea Shooters
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Remembering the ‘Knocker-Ups’ Hired to Wake Workers With Pea Shooters

Rise and shine!
May 18, 2018
The Forgotten Filipino American Activist Behind the Delano Grape Strike
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The Forgotten Filipino American Activist Behind the Delano Grape Strike

A children's book about Larry Itliong aims to rectify history.
May 17, 2018
The Politics of Smuggling Pizza-Making Videos Into North Korea
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The Politics of Smuggling Pizza-Making Videos Into North Korea

Pyongyang has a pizza scene, but only for the upper crust.
May 09, 2018
The Bygone Baguette Mailboxes of French Polynesia
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The Bygone Baguette Mailboxes of French Polynesia

Like birdhouses, but for bread.
April 25, 2018
How a Gang of Thirsty Thieves Stole Over $500,000 Worth of Wine
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How a Gang of Thirsty Thieves Stole Over $500,000 Worth of Wine

Two people have been sentenced for participating in several California heists.
April 16, 2018
Sewing Kits, Umbilical Cords, and Mold: Here’s What You Keep in Royal Dansk Tins
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Sewing Kits, Umbilical Cords, and Mold: Here’s What You Keep in Royal Dansk Tins

Storing buttons and baubles in these cookie containers is a phenomenon.
April 12, 2018
Why Coconuts Were Accused of Meddling in Politics
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Why Coconuts Were Accused of Meddling in Politics

The fruits are thought by some to power black magic rituals.
April 10, 2018
What's in Your Royal Dansk Cookie Tin?
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What's in Your Royal Dansk Cookie Tin?

Tell us about all the non-cookies you keep or have found in the blue containers.
March 27, 2018
The Artist Making Bunches of Banana Art
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The Artist Making Bunches of Banana Art

Keisuke Yamada carves faces, animals, and more into fruit.
March 12, 2018
How a Chicago Dive Bar Exposed Corruption and Changed Journalism
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How a Chicago Dive Bar Exposed Corruption and Changed Journalism

In the 1970s, the Chicago Sun-Times used the Mirage as a front.
March 08, 2018
Bellagio Resort Employee Swipes Lobster Tails Valued at Nearly $2,000
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Bellagio Resort Employee Swipes Lobster Tails Valued at Nearly $2,000

He stuffed them in his backpack.
March 02, 2018
Complete This 2,000-Piece Puzzle to Win Free Cheese
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Complete This 2,000-Piece Puzzle to Win Free Cheese

Dairy has never been so puzzling.
February 23, 2018
Michiganders Can Order the World’s Largest Pizza Delivered to Their Doorsteps
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Michiganders Can Order the World’s Largest Pizza Delivered to Their Doorsteps

No delivery charge if you live within 5 miles!
February 20, 2018
Once a Year, a Nightmarish King Cake Baby Roams New Orleans
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Once a Year, a Nightmarish King Cake Baby Roams New Orleans

The Mardi Gras mascot incites more jitters than good fortune.
February 14, 2018
What It's Like to Make the World's Largest Bagel and Lox
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What It's Like to Make the World's Largest Bagel and Lox

The 213-pounder will be evaluated for a Guinness World Record.
February 09, 2018
How the Capones Strong-Armed Their Way Into the Dairy Business
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How the Capones Strong-Armed Their Way Into the Dairy Business

Al and Ralph may have influenced food safety labeling and your pizza’s cheese.
February 09, 2018
Make Any Drink More Curious With Skull-Shaped Ice
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Make Any Drink More Curious With Skull-Shaped Ice

The perfect accessory for your next cemetery cocktail party.
February 07, 2018
‘Doritos for Women’ Were Doomed to Taste Terrible
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‘Doritos for Women’ Were Doomed to Taste Terrible

A study shows that chips' crunching sound amplifies how they taste.
February 06, 2018
Why Picky Eaters Are Partial to Calamari and Not Squid
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Why Picky Eaters Are Partial to Calamari and Not Squid

Changing languages can make a big difference.
February 01, 2018
The Fast Food Numbering System That Repeatedly Inspires Theft
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The Fast Food Numbering System That Repeatedly Inspires Theft

Swiping Whataburger’s table tents is almost a rite of passage.
January 31, 2018
Let the Sounds of Sizzling Bacon Gently Lull You to Sleep
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Let the Sounds of Sizzling Bacon Gently Lull You to Sleep

Forty-five minutes, three pounds of bacon, one sleepy viewer.
January 30, 2018
The Dinner Party That Served Up 50,000-Year-Old Bison Stew
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The Dinner Party That Served Up 50,000-Year-Old Bison Stew

When life gives you frozen bison, make dinner.
January 26, 2018
Why Hunter-Gatherers Excel at Identifying Food Smells
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Why Hunter-Gatherers Excel at Identifying Food Smells

Does your language have a word for "bloody smell that attracts tigers"?
January 23, 2018