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The Venta Rapid in Kuldiga, Latvia

The Venta Rapid is the widest waterfall in Europe, spanning a width of 650-820 feet (200-250 metres) depending on the season.  However, if you're picturing something along the lines of Niagara Falls or Iguazu Falls you will be very surprised. Show More Summary

B-23 'Dragon Bomber' Wreckage in McCall, Idaho

Wedged within the trees and tall grass near the shore of Loon Lake in Idaho’s Payette National Forest is the wreck of a Douglas B-23 "Dragon Bomber," a military aircraft that never actually made it to any aerial battles. The small plane...Show More Summary

The Curious Rise of Historic Trolley Tours

John Buchna, head of the Downtown Erie Business Improvement District in Pennsylvania, considers his city’s trolley service a huge success. Established in 2006, it runs in a loop downtown Thursday through Sunday, shuttling tourists and residents to Erie’s main attractions. Show More Summary

Rancho Cañada de los Coches in Lakeside, California

This 28-acre site is the smallest Mexican land grant in California, given in 1843 to a teacher, nurse, and caretaker named Apolinaria Lorenzana, dubbed "La Beata," the Blessed One, for her work within the community. Born in Mexico City, Lorenzana was part of a government initiative to populate colonial settlements in what is now California. Show More Summary

Hurricane Irma Has Left the Caribbean Brown and Barren

The numbers behind the destruction wrought by Hurricane Irma, which in early September ripped through the Caribbean at Category 5 level, then hit Florida, are staggering. In St. Bart's and French St. Martin, the cost of damages is an estimated $1.4 billion, according to the AP. Show More Summary

Bimmah Sinkhole in Quriyat, Oman

Long attributed to a meteorite, this beautiful swimming hole is actually a naturally occurring sinkhole. Sinkholes are often the result of groundwater eating away at rocks like limestone and carbonate. Caverns form as the rocks dissolve,...Show More Summary

Casa Neverlandia in Austin, Texas

The whimsical and inspiring "Casa Neverlandia" in Austin looks like something Salvador Dali would have designed if he had grown up in Morocco and spent his summers studying eastern philosophy at a Tahitian safari camp.  In fact, it is...Show More Summary

A 1755 Earthquake in Portugal Pushed Sand All the Way to the Caribbean

For two years, the marine geophysicist Jean Roger had been looking for traces of an old earthquake. In 1755, Portugal shook with a quake that would have topped 8.0 on the Richter scale—so large that Lisbon was leveled and the resulting tsunami wave reportedly made it all the way across the Atlantic and hit the Caribbean. Show More Summary

Why the University of Guam Renamed Its Semesters

As students all over the world begin the fall semester, students at the University of Guam are instead meeting roommates, scheduling classes, and cracking open books for fanuchånan. As Pacific Daily News reports, the university recently gave its academic semesters new names. Show More Summary

Noah Webster Statue in West Hartford, Connecticut

In Blue Back Square in West Hartford, Connecticut, there stands a towering tribute to Noah Webster. The Connecticut native is known as a pioneer of American English spelling and is credited with creating the first American dictionary. Show More Summary

Liberia Wants Its Cultural Artifacts Back, Please

Liberia is re-opening its national museum—but there's a problem. In 2016, UNESCO provided $400,000 of funding to revitalize the 155-year-old building and fix its leaky roof. Now, it's ready to go, bar one all-important thing: the stuff...Show More Summary

Blue Sky Mausoleum in Buffalo, New York

Among the towering monuments and notable tombs that fill Buffalo's historic Forest Lawn Cemetery lies a crypt that stands out from the rest. The only memorial burial chamber ever designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, Blue Sky Mausoleum was intended to be the final resting place of a longtime friend of the famed architect. Show More Summary

Washington Aqueduct Castle Gatehouse in Washington, D.C.

Built in 1901 as an expansion onto the Washington Aqueduct’s receiving reservoir, the castle gatehouse is a rare example of architecture based on a government logo, the so-called “Corps Castle” insignia. The castle stands atop the entrance...Show More Summary

The Long and Bumpy History of Corduroy

A version of this post originally appeared on Tedium, a twice-weekly newsletter that hunts for the end of the long tail. There's a new all-corduroy fashion line out there called The Cords & Co, which is in the midst of rolling out seven...Show More Summary

Found: The Earliest Evidence of Lager Yeast Being Used to Make Alcohol

Many centuries ago, back in the Middle Ages, Europeans started making the crucial beverage known as beer. At first, they made ales, which require a certain strain of yeast, Saccharomyces cervisiae, and was fermented at warm temperatures, from about 65 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit. Show More Summary

Memorial to Mahomet Weyonomon in London, England

The oldest cathedral in London, and the city’s first to be built in the Gothic style, is a stunning and quiet place. It remains a working church, which makes it feel relaxed and welcoming despite its stoic arches and notable graves.Show More Summary

How Pants Went From Banned to Required in the Roman Empire

Go to a meeting with any male politician today and you’re almost certainly going to be standing in front of a man wearing pants, except perhaps in Bermuda, where the eponymous shorts are the nation’s official dress. But in Imperial Rome,...Show More Summary

Man Controlling Trade in Washington, D.C.

The wedge shaped Federal Trade Commission building in the Federal Triangle is flanked by a pair of iconic Art Deco figures, the only equestrian statues in Washington to feature uncooperative steeds. The similar but not identical pair...Show More Summary

A Machine That Made Stockings Helped Kick Off the Industrial Revolution

In early 1590s, Lord Hunsdon, a chamberlain of Queen Elizabeth I, brought her an object to consider, one that he considered a marvelous invention. It was a stocking, somewhat coarsely woven. The queen was known for her fondness for these undergarments; she had first received a pair at Christmas in 1561, from her silk woman, one Mrs. Show More Summary

The Trugo Mural in Yarraville, Australia

Easy to learn, quickly addictive, and taking a lifetime to master, Trugo is the mutant love child of lawn bowling, golf, and croquet. It’s traditionally played in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia. A literally backwards game—as in,...Show More Summary

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