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For Sale: A House With a Roof Made of Seaweed
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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
For Sale: A Hat Made of Woolly Mammoth Hair
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mammoths

For Sale: A Hat Made of Woolly Mammoth Hair

An expert confirmed its authenticity.
August 13, 2018
Inside an Incredible Collection of Objects From Disneyland's Past
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auctions

Inside an Incredible Collection of Objects From Disneyland's Past

From Dumbo to the Haunted Mansion, and much much more.
August 10, 2018
A Town Named Asbestos Once Produced Most of the World's Asbestos Supply
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mining

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

Asbestos mining in Canada stopped only in the past decade.
August 09, 2018
The Ultimate Rich Kids Were the Children of Famous Explorers
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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 07, 2018
Ireland's Coast Has Giant, Hidden Signs Telling Pilots Where They Are
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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 06, 2018
A California Wildfire Whirled Into a 'Fire Tornado'
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fires

A California Wildfire Whirled Into a 'Fire Tornado'

Wind speeds were as strong as 143 miles per hour.
August 03, 2018
The Disturbing Fate of a Planet Made of Blueberries
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 02, 2018
Found: The Oldest Public Library in Germany
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libraries

Found: The Oldest Public Library in Germany

Niches in the walls hinted at the building's past.
August 02, 2018
Cool, There's Water on Mars. But Does It Make Good Pickles?
Gastro Obscura
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pickles

Cool, There's Water on Mars. But Does It Make Good Pickles?

What would happen if briny Martian liquid met an Earthling cucumber?
August 01, 2018
Found: A Cache of 18th-Century Rockets in India
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archaeology

Found: A Cache of 18th-Century Rockets in India

One of the fiercest opponents of British colonialists had rockets unlike any his enemies had seen.
August 01, 2018
Siberian Worms Survived More Than 30,000 Years Stuck in Permafrost
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ice

Siberian Worms Survived More Than 30,000 Years Stuck in Permafrost

The worms, all female, thawed out and started eating.
July 30, 2018
Why Fire Retardant Is Colored Bright Red
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chemicals

Why Fire Retardant Is Colored Bright Red

A California fire has closed down Yosemite National Park.
July 26, 2018
Why Build Your Railroad Around a Castle When You Can Just Go Through It?
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landmarks week

Why Build Your Railroad Around a Castle When You Can Just Go Through It?

Runaway railway expansion helped inspire Britain's preservationist movement.
July 26, 2018
Found: Liquid Water on Mars
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mars

Found: Liquid Water on Mars

It's probably about five times as briny as the Dead Sea.
July 25, 2018
Railyards Were Once So Dangerous They Needed Their Own Railway Surgeons
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surgery

Railyards Were Once So Dangerous They Needed Their Own Railway Surgeons

Feet, hands, and lives were at risk.
July 25, 2018
Charting the Succession of the 'True Church' Through History
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landmarks week

Charting the Succession of the 'True Church' Through History

Landmark Baptists believed that an unbroken chain of Christians kept alive the true teachings of the New Testament.
July 24, 2018
Found: One Very Big Foot
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cryptids

Found: One Very Big Foot

Paleontologists describe the largest dinosaur footprint ever found.
July 24, 2018
How the Mesmerizing 'Sibiu Eyes' Became a Protest Symbol in Romania
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protest

How the Mesmerizing 'Sibiu Eyes' Became a Protest Symbol in Romania

The eerie windows of one Romanian town are watching for political corruption.
July 20, 2018
Found: A Newly Discovered Shipwreck, Rumored to Be Full of Gold
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treasure

Found: A Newly Discovered Shipwreck, Rumored to Be Full of Gold

In 1905, the Dmitri Donskoi sank off the coast of a South Korean island.
July 19, 2018
Why Some Gravestones Are Shaped Like Tree Stumps
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secret society

Why Some Gravestones Are Shaped Like Tree Stumps

When nature and secret societies get together.
July 17, 2018
One of New Zealand's Most Majestic Trees Is in Danger
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disease

One of New Zealand's Most Majestic Trees Is in Danger

Tāne Mahuta is one of the oldest kauri trees in the world.
July 17, 2018
A Lava Island Comes Into Being, For a Few Days
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volcanoes

A Lava Island Comes Into Being, For a Few Days

Hawaii's ongoing eruption created new land.
July 16, 2018
A 2,000-Year-Old Mystery Papyrus Reveals Its Secrets
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roman

A 2,000-Year-Old Mystery Papyrus Reveals Its Secrets

For centuries, no one could read it.
July 13, 2018