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Pak Ou's Caves in Luang Prabang, Laos

All along the Mekong River, the high, craggy limestone cliffs are pocked with innumerable caves. Among this multitude, two stand apart, renowned for their beautifully imperfect contents. Primarily a religious site, the Pak Ou Buddha Caves are located inside a steep rock face that droops over the sacred site like tobacco-stained teeth. Show More Summary

How Americans Changed the Meaning of 'Dream'

Albert Joseph Moore's Dreamers, 1884. (Photo: Public Domain/WikiCommons) This is part one of a 5-part series on sleep and dreams, sponsored by Oso mattresses. Read the first one here. There was a time when “hopes” were not automatically paired with “dreams” in our lexicon. Show More Summary

Soldier Bear Statue in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Wojtek the bear's unlikely journey to Scotland — and into the annals of military history — began in Iran in 1943, when a group of Polish soldiers adopted an orphaned brown bear cub. The soldiers were members of the Polish 2nd Corps,Show More Summary

Kinzua Bridge in Mount Jewett, Pennsylvania

When the Kinzua Bridge was first built in 1882, people were blown away. Over a hundred years later, the bridge itself would be literally blown away. The original viaduct was approximately 301 feet high and 2,053 feet long, making it the world's longest at the time. Show More Summary

The Telharmonium Was the Spotify of 1906

Detail from the cover of Scientific American's March 9, 1907 issue, which had a glowing article about the telharmonium. (Image: It's a tumultuous time for streaming music services. One of the year's biggest albums, Adele's...Show More Summary

Museumsquartier Passages in Vienna, Austria

In the 7 th district of Vienna, the Museumsquartier is a collection of majestic 17 th and 18 th century buildings interspersed with modern architecture, all home to some of Austria’s most famous museums, performance spaces, and cultural hubs. Show More Summary

Fleeting Wonders: A Sisyphean Snow Plow Ballet

Kinnick Stadium Snow Removal TimeLapse Time lapse of the snow removal in Kinnick Stadium from 6pm to 9:15 am Posted by Iowa Hawkeyes on Saturday, 21 November 2015 When there’s a serious football game to be had, sub-zero temperaturesShow More Summary

More Severe Storms Are Throwing off Bird Migration

Ominous skies don't bode well for migrating birds. (Photo: Unsplash/pixabay) If it wasn’t already enough to fly thousands of miles—44,000 round trip, if you’re the Arctic tern —birds of all shapes, sizes, and flying styles are now facing increasing obstacles to migration. Show More Summary

FOUND: 10,000-Year-Old Fava Beans

Modern fava beans—still kind of tricksy (Photo: Hohum/Wikimedia) Long before Hannibal Lecter was enjoying his human liver with fava beans and Chianti, early farmers in Galilee were cultivating the same legumes. At three sites in Israel, archaeologists have found 469 charred fava beans—and dated them to 10,200 years ago. Show More Summary

Villa Rebar in Zagreb, Croatia

Sitting on the edge of a thick Croatian forest, the Villa Rebar is a haunting ruin that looks more like something out of a horror movie than the former estate of a high-ranking fascist dictator/Nazi puppet who built secret tunnels connecting the place to military bunkers. Show More Summary

How to Seduce a Turkey: The Bizarre Poultry Sex Experiments of the 1960s

A Wild Male Turkey's mating dance. (Photo: Don McCullough/flickr) Two men hovered over the turkey pen, watching. A large, male bird walked in a circle, readying his mating dance, keen for the right moment. The moment arrived–clueless...Show More Summary

'An Ostentation of Peacocks,' and Other Flowery Ways Medieval Hunters Grouped Birds

Thankfully this murmuration of starlings isn't a murder of crows. (Image: MGA73bot/Wikipedia) So you’ve spotted a bunch of birds! Congratulations! But how to tell people? The poetic nature of bird-group terminology is well-established, but the individual terms are hard to keep track of. Show More Summary

How Early Feminists Helped Revolutionize Birdwatching

Bird watching with binoculars. (Photo; goodmami/flickr) To identify a bird, you used to have to kill it. Birds are masters in “how not to be seen,” being often both small and fast, and terribly brownish. To distinguish beyond the most...Show More Summary

Object of Intrigue: Chairman Mao's Maori Feather Cloak

Mao in the cloak, in Inside Red China (Image: Courtesy of George Andrews) In almost every image of Chairman Mao Zedong, he’s wearing the same thing: a simple shirt or jacket in dull gray or brown. But on China’s National Day, in October...Show More Summary

See the Flashcards the Stasi Used for Facial Recognition

A flashcard used for training border guards in facial recognition. (All photos: Courtesy The Wende Museum) When verifying someone's identity today, the first step is to assess whether or not they look like the photograph they have presented to you. Show More Summary

Soviet Lifestyle Museum in Kazan, Russia

While there is much about life under the Iron Curtain that was despicable and unfortunate, that doesn't mean that there wasn't culture, even if it was fraught with propaganda and misinformation. The Soviet Lifestyle Museum explores the...Show More Summary

Hippie Memorial in Arcola, Illinois

It's not hard to find people who are nostalgic for the heyday of hippie culture, but only one man went so far as to create a permanent memorial to the lifestyle and ethos of peace-loving, free-thinking, far-out dudes. The city of Arcola, Illinois sits near Amish country, and could generously be described as conservative. Show More Summary

Västerbottensost Visitors Center in Skellefteå, Sweden

Odds are that if someone’s talking to you about Swedish cheeses, they’ve confused Sweden with Switzerland. Unless, of course, they’re talking about Västerbottensost (Västerbotten cheese). Västerbottensost is a hard cow’s milk cheese, aged for 12-14 months on spruce boards. Show More Summary

Zedekiah's Cave in Jerusalem, Israel

The limestone rock quarry known as Zedekiah’s Cave under the Old City of Jerusalem has been a center of legend and ceremony for thousands of years. There are several stories about the cave that are matters of faith. Legend says thatShow More Summary

The Clog Museum in Zaandam, The Netherlands

What’s more quintessentially “Dutch” than clogs? Maybe only windmills, but it would be a tight race. Not far from Amsterdam, in the city of Zaandam, the neighborhood known as Zaanse Schans is home to many different traditional DutchShow More Summary

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