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infrastructure

Cuba's National Art Schools Are an Unfinished Masterpiece

The designs fell out of favor before construction was completed.
September 20, 2018
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infrastructure

A Highway in Cape Town Has Been Left Half-Finished for 40 Years

The spans just stop, mid-air.
September 19, 2018
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tesla

Nikola Tesla Built a Giant Tower to Send Wireless Electricity Around the World

Ultimately, things didn't go as he had planned.
September 18, 2018
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shorts

The Nuclear Power Plant in Crimea That Chernobyl Stopped Dead

It has had a second life as a photogenic, atmospheric ruin.
September 17, 2018
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signs

Winnipeg Doesn’t Know Who Erected This Amazing Sign on a Landfill-Turned-Park

It looked like the Hollywood Sign in Los Angeles.
September 11, 2018
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conspiracy theories

The Denver Airport Has the Best Public Service Announcements Ever

Conspiracy or construction?
September 5, 2018
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fires

Students Are Collecting Photos to Remember Brazil’s Destroyed National Museum

After a fire tore through the institution, visitors' images have become an informal archive of its collections.
September 4, 2018
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ghosts

All It Takes to Create a Ghost Is a Good Story

A tale of two bars in Portland, Oregon.
August 31, 2018
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castles

Found: A Secret Doorway to Caves Hidden Under a Castle

Archaeologists also discovered wine bottles in the caves.
August 31, 2018
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magic

6 Unusual Objects From the Macabre History of Magic

Feathered death garlands, a pierced bull's heart, and more.
August 29, 2018
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books

The Wild Alaskan Island That Inspired a Lost Classic

A century later, “Quiet Adventure in Alaska” still sounds pretty good.
August 28, 2018
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beaches

Don't Touch the Monk Seals

Or any undomesticated animal you meet.
August 27, 2018
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fires

A Map of Fires Burning All Across the Globe

From above the Earth, it's possible to see how much is aflame.
August 24, 2018
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volcanoes

No One Knows the Exact Year of the Largest Volcanic Eruption of Our Age

Scientists are hoping archaeology, carbon dating, and tree rings together can help solve the mystery.
August 16, 2018
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summer

How a Heat Wave Revealed the Outlines of a Hidden Garden and Ghost Village

At an English estate, the ground still remembers its past.
August 16, 2018
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architectural oddities

For Sale: A House With a Roof Made of Seaweed

Homes like this one only exist on Læsø, an island in Denmark.
August 14, 2018
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mammoths

For Sale: A Hat Made of Woolly Mammoth Hair

An expert confirmed its authenticity.
August 13, 2018
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disney

Inside an Incredible Collection of Objects From Disneyland's Past

From Dumbo to the Haunted Mansion, and much much more.
August 10, 2018
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health

A Town Named Asbestos Once Produced Most of the World's Asbestos Supply

Asbestos mining in Canada stopped only in the past decade.
August 9, 2018
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wealth

The Ultimate Rich Kids Were the Children of Famous Explorers

Wealthy and entitled, as only the scions of conquistadors could be.
August 7, 2018
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signs

Ireland's Coast Has Giant, Hidden Signs Telling Pilots Where They Are

A wildfire has just uncovered one of these "Éire" signs from World War II.
August 6, 2018
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fires

A California Wildfire Whirled Into a 'Fire Tornado'

Wind speeds were as strong as 143 miles per hour.
August 3, 2018
Gastro Obscura
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blueberries

The Disturbing Fate of a Planet Made of Blueberries

You'll never look at blueberry jam the same way again.
August 2, 2018
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libraries

Found: The Oldest Public Library in Germany

Niches in the walls hinted at the building's past.
August 2, 2018