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Is Maine Our Most Unusual State?
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maine

Is Maine Our Most Unusual State?

8 offbeat gems to visit in Maine this summer.
Sponsored by Maine
Sex Tips I Learned at the New York Public Library
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erotic

Sex Tips I Learned at the New York Public Library

The Berg Collection of English and American Literature has some fascinating erotica.
July 01, 2016
Go For a Virtual Swim in a Beautiful Finnish Pond
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snorkeling

Go For a Virtual Swim in a Beautiful Finnish Pond

Who knew a humble puddle could be so pretty beneath the surface?
June 30, 2016
Watch a Japanese Chef Turn Slicing a Cucumber into a Fine Art
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japan

Watch a Japanese Chef Turn Slicing a Cucumber into a Fine Art

Who knew you could get so creative with the gourd family.
June 28, 2016
Navigating the Confusing Terrain of Love With a 350-Year-Old Map
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imaginary world

Navigating the Confusing Terrain of Love With a 350-Year-Old Map

This French map was a feminist take on the path to a woman's heart.
June 27, 2016
Unsightly Dogs Compete to Be the World's Ugliest in California
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competitions

Unsightly Dogs Compete to Be the World's Ugliest in California

It's a surprisingly competitive contest that began in the '70s.
June 24, 2016
How to Take Care of Your Hair, 1950s Edition
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hair

How to Take Care of Your Hair, 1950s Edition

"Wash your hair frequently," an instructional video advises, "once every two weeks."
June 21, 2016
Watch a Street Food Master Flip Buns in China
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street food

Watch a Street Food Master Flip Buns in China

His manual dexterity is mesmerizing.
June 17, 2016
Biryani is Better Than Americans Know
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india

Biryani is Better Than Americans Know

The authentic version is South Asia’s best kept secret.
June 13, 2016
Watch Humans Work Together to Rescue a Canine Friend
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dogs

Watch Humans Work Together to Rescue a Canine Friend

A spark of human kindness to brighten your Friday.
June 10, 2016
 Portuguese Slave Traders Were No Match for Angolan Queen Nzinga Mbandi
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warrior queens

Portuguese Slave Traders Were No Match for Angolan Queen Nzinga Mbandi

The warrior queen fought colonization for several decades.
June 09, 2016
Watch Muhammad Ali Doing Magic Tricks in an Airport
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muhammed ali

Watch Muhammad Ali Doing Magic Tricks in an Airport

One of the world's most celebrated boxers could also make a handkerchief disappear with ease.
June 06, 2016
Watch a Hypnotizing Machine Sort River Rocks by Age
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machines

Watch a Hypnotizing Machine Sort River Rocks by Age

The Jller uses a method that is just as much art as it is science.
May 31, 2016
The TSA's Instagram Features Highly Bizarre Confiscated Items
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instagram

The TSA's Instagram Features Highly Bizarre Confiscated Items

Weird and wonderful attempts to sneak illicit objects on board are documented on the TSA's official account with a healthy dose of dry humor.
May 27, 2016
Watch a Man Play a Flamethrowing Guitar on His Roof
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musical wonders

Watch a Man Play a Flamethrowing Guitar on His Roof

Just like in Mad Max, but with less... war.
May 25, 2016
How One Man's Desire to Flaunt His Wealth Became a Book of Psalms
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manuscripts

How One Man's Desire to Flaunt His Wealth Became a Book of Psalms

It provides a searing glimpse of the toils of medieval laborers.
May 24, 2016
See The Bosch Parade's Bizarre, Buoyant Works of Art
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parades

See The Bosch Parade's Bizarre, Buoyant Works of Art

Each year, the Netherlands' festival features outlandish exhibits on floats that actually float.
May 23, 2016
 An Indian Village Plants 111 Trees Every Time a Girl Is Born
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tree week

An Indian Village Plants 111 Trees Every Time a Girl Is Born

The initiative aims to promote gender equality and has boosted the village's economy.
May 18, 2016
 Identify Any Tree in New York City With this Map
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tree week

Identify Any Tree in New York City With this Map

What kind of trees grow in your neighborhood?
May 16, 2016
Watch a Sea Snail Swallow a Fish Whole
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sea monsters

Watch a Sea Snail Swallow a Fish Whole

The seemingly innocuous Conus is in fact a venomous killing machine.
May 16, 2016
These Unique Wails Piercing Indian Streets are a Genius Form of Advertising
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india

These Unique Wails Piercing Indian Streets are a Genius Form of Advertising

The repeated calls signal the kind of wares that street vendors have on offer.
May 13, 2016
Watch a Man Tightrope Walk Across the Moon
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yosemite

Watch a Man Tightrope Walk Across the Moon

A perfectly timed video shows a free climber "walking" across the moon as it rises over Yosemite.
May 11, 2016
The First Restaurants Only Served Soup
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food

The First Restaurants Only Served Soup

The meat-based broths they served were intended to "restore life" to patrons.
May 10, 2016
Experience a Wild Indian Train Ride With This Awe-Inspiring Time Lapse
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india

Experience a Wild Indian Train Ride With This Awe-Inspiring Time Lapse

As a bonus, the video is soundtracked by an excellent tabla piece.
May 06, 2016