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New Hampshire Mill Workers Invented A New Type Of French

Manchester, 1875 (Image: Boston Public Library/Wikimedia) Berlin, New Hampshire, is an out of the way sort of place. The paper mill that once drew people there closed about a decade ago, and today the population hovers just above 10,000 people. Show More Summary

In Greenland, A Popular Record is Owned by 1 Out of Every 12 People

Members of the band Sumé, featured in the German doc, Sumé—The Sound of a Revolution. (Photo: Courtesy of Mindjazz Pictures) A version of this post originally appeared on the Tedium newsletter. What does your pop culture look like when...Show More Summary

GPS Doodles Turn Your Workout Into an Art Project

One imagines that painting this siren's hair was a bit laborious. (All images: Stephen Lund) Stephen Lund considers the Canadian city of Victoria his canvas and a bicycle his brush. And the paint? Strava, a GPS tracking system whichShow More Summary

Zanesville Y-Bridge in Zanesville, Ohio

The latest in the city's series of unique bridges, when crossing Zanesville, Ohio's Y-Bridge it's best to believe your GPS when it instructs you to take a left in the middle of a river. Located at the confluence of the Licking and Muskingham Rivers, downtown Zanesville has long sought a solution to its watery woes. Show More Summary

Video Wonder: What a Meteor Looks Like Barreling Towards Earth

Over the weekend, a meteorite appears to have struck a college campus in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, killing one, injuring three others, and leaving a hole four feet deep. If the reports are true, this would be the first...Show More Summary

Fleeting Wonders: A Lightning-Filled Volcano Doesn't Faze Japan

Japan's Sakurajima volcano lights up the sky. (Image: RT/Youtube) This past Friday, at 6:56 p.m., Japan's Sakurajima volcano blew its top. As captured in a video by RT, the volcano spit huge jets of lava from its caldera, shot up a plume...Show More Summary

FOUND: A 5th-Century Underground Church in Turkey

Newly discovered frescos (Photo: Nevsehir Castle Urban Transformation Project) In Turkey's Cappadocia region, where whole cities are riddled into hillsides, archaeologists recently uncovered a church from the 5th century in the the city of Nev?ehir. Show More Summary

This Gritty Small Town in Michigan Became the World's Gravel Capital

Gravel with small stones. (Photo: Martin Olsson/Wikimedia Commons) Imagine a kingdom that consisted entirely of stones. In the throne room you’d have your diamonds, rubies and emeralds. Around them would lounge the courtiers, the semi-precious garnets and amethysts, topaz and turquoise. Show More Summary

The World Museum of Insects and Natural Wonders in Th Nimmanhaemin, Thailand

This Thailand insect museum might not be the largest or most expansive collection in the world, but what it lacks in expanse, it makes up for in homespun (not a spider joke) charm. The World Museum of Insects and Natural Wonders is the...Show More Summary

P.O. Box 1142 Memorial in Alexandria, Virginia

For decade after World War II, no one outside of the intelligence community even knew that there had been a secret interrogation program taking place at Virginia's Fort Hunt. But thanks to a chance encounter with a park ranger, a monument...Show More Summary

The Hot 19th Century Sport That Launched Modern Athletic Betting? Competitive Walking

1st Astley International Belt race at the "Aggie", Islington, London, March, 1878. (Image: If you’re a football fan—or if your coworkers talked you into it—you might have made a small wager on today’s Super Bowl. If...Show More Summary

The Man Behind the World's Most Spectacular Lunar New Year Fireworks

View of the 2012 Lunar New Year fireworks, planned by Wilson Mao. (Photo: Flickr/Michael Elleray) According to the Chinese calendar, the Year of the Monkey will begin on Monday, and today marks the beginning of extravagant New Year’s celebrations in Chinese and other East Asian communities throughout the world. Show More Summary

Congress Ends Funding of Official Government Portraits

Thomas Peter Lantos (2011) by Laurel Stern Boeck, detail. (Photo: Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives) A long-running dispute in Congress has finally reached its conclusion: The sordid practice of using taxpayer funds toShow More Summary

The Forensic Accounting Tool That Could Reveal Almost Any Election Fraud

A ballot is cast in the second round of the French presidential election of 2007. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Rama) As the 2016 Presidential Campaign finally enters primary season—and with no clear frontrunner for the nomination from either...Show More Summary

Proxy Falls in Springfield, Oregon

Frequently featured in calendars, postcards, and other waterfall-oriented media, the graceful beauty and easy accessibility of Proxy Falls have made it a popular sightseeing destination in central Oregon. The waterfall formed where the spring-fed Proxy Creek tumbles over the edge of a glacier-cut cliff made of columnar basalt. Show More Summary

Peek Inside a Private Clock Museum in Austria

Details of a tower-clock from the second half of the 18th century (late Baroque) from Upper Austria. (All photos: Yvonne Oswald) The Uhrenstube Aschau, a little-known private watch museum in the sunny hills of Austria’s Burgenland region, is not easy to find. Show More Summary

Jeweled Skeletons of the Fürstenfeld Abbey in Fürstenfeldbruck, Germany

On the grounds of the old Fürstenfeld Abbey, home to the Church of the Assumption in Fürstenfeldbruck, Germany, reside the relics, so it’s told, of two early Christian saints. These are not your average chip of bone, lock of a pope’s hair type relics. Show More Summary

Pinson Mounds State Archeological Park in Pinson, Tennessee

Located in Madison County, Tennessee, this park’s many geographical features were shaped by ancient Native Americans during the Middle Woodland period (1-500 CE). 2,000 years ago, the land that is now the 1,200-acre Pinson Mounds State Archaeological Park was a bustling place. Show More Summary

What Nationality is a Baby Born Mid-Flight?

What is the nationality of a baby born on a plane? (Photo: mliu92/Flickr CC BY-SA 2.0) Imagine that you are a pregnant lady. (Perhaps you actually are, but if you are not, then do your best to imagine.) You are in your third trimester,...Show More Summary

Video Wonder: Watch a Mosquito Suckle on a Vein

If the fact that earlier this week the World Health Organization declared the mosquito-borne Zika virus a global emergency didn't catch your eye, perhaps this close-up video of a feeding skeeter will. And if you find yourself repulsed,...Show More Summary

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