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Between Plagues, Medieval Peasants Enjoyed Bawdiness and Brawling

To chill like a peasant, attend a farcical play and wrestle with your friends.
August 23, 2019
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chill like a ...

Ancient Mesoamericans Calmed Down and Hooked Up in Sweaty Steam Baths

Temazcales helped indigenous people let off steam, until colonialism came along.
August 21, 2019
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fabric

The Not-So-Chill History of Hawai‘i’s Breeziest Shirt

The aloha shirt has many possible inventors and a long, fraught cultural history.
August 20, 2019
Gastro Obscura
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banana

No, the Banana Apocalypse Is Not Around the Corner

But Colombia’s outbreak of lethal banana fungus is still bad news.
August 16, 2019
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snake

Biologists Relocated 30,000 Animals to Make Room for a Natural Gas Plant

It took seven years to evacuate all the goannas, echidnas, and venomous snakes.
August 15, 2019
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vintage

For Sale: The Dalai Lama’s 1966 Land Rover

The vintage 4x4 traversed rural roads in Dharamsala for 10 years, with His Holiness in tow.
August 14, 2019
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fungus

North Carolina’s Abandoned Gold Mines Don’t Have Gold, But Do Have Bats

A deadly disease could devastate these thriving colonies of winged critters.
August 14, 2019
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genocide

One Family’s Story of Survival Under the Khmer Rouge, No Longer Buried

Photos testify to the Rama’s journey from Battambang to Shreveport.
August 09, 2019
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nobel prize

In a Special Room in an Ohio Library, Toni Morrison’s Legacy Lives On

The Nobel Prize–winning novelist never lost touch with her hometown.
August 08, 2019
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army

Why Does the U.S. Army Own So Many Fossils?

Turns out massive flood control projects are a great way to find dinosaurs.
August 07, 2019
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beauty

Researchers Concocted an Ancient Egyptian Perfume Perhaps Worn by Cleopatra

One archaeologist describes the spicy, musky scent as "the Chanel No. 5 of ancient Egypt."
August 06, 2019
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chemicals

Why a South African Petrochemical Plant Is Like Catnip to Servals

The wildcats are an example of resilience and adaptation.
August 02, 2019
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real estate

For Sale: Your Very Own (Extinct) Volcano

The regrettably named Posbury Clump could be yours for just $60,000 and change.
August 01, 2019
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hobby

These Cheeky Statuettes Were Part of Edo-Era Japan’s Answer to Pockets

Ornate netsuke were practical status symbols.
July 31, 2019
Gastro Obscura
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fair food

In This Moon Landing, Everything Is Made of Butter

A creamy new sculpture at the Ohio State Fair honors the Apollo 11 crew.
July 29, 2019
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bogs

One of Hawaiʻi's Rarest Bogs Just Got an 11-Year Makeover

Step 1: Evict all the pigs.
July 26, 2019
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construction

Oakland's Favorite Monster Is Back—and Greener Than Ever

A restoration project has given a once-iconic sculpture a new lease on life.
July 25, 2019
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invertebrates

The Strange Case of Mexico's Shrinking Jumbo Squid

Too many El Niños have diminished the "diablo rojo."
July 24, 2019
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deep sea

The Scaly-Foot Snail Is the First Deep-Sea Species Endangered by Mining

It’s a dubious honor.
July 22, 2019
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landscapes

Almost Every Bob Ross Painting in Existence Lives in a Virginia Office Park

Now some of the iconic American painter’s work is headed to the Smithsonian.
July 19, 2019
Gastro Obscura
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algae

How Pink Slime Saved Sushi

Kathleen Drew-Baker’s study of British algae helped rescue Japan's nori industry.
July 18, 2019
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rivalries

Wisconsin and Minnesota Are Waging an Extremely Friendly War Over Who Has More Lakes

Wait, what the heck is a lake, anyway?
July 17, 2019
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titanic

For Sale: A Titanic Survivor's Light-Up Cane

Ella White's battery-powered crutch guided her lifeboat to safety in 1912—and is now at the center of a family feud.
July 15, 2019
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snails

Can a Snail Too Tiny to See Save a Kentucky Forest From a Gas Pipeline?

Sometimes the little things matter.
July 12, 2019