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Newfoundland's Cod Are Making a Comeback, But Not Everyone's Happy About It

For centuries, fishermen off Newfoundland fished cod, which remained plentiful until the early 1990s, when their populations, the Canadian government found, fell off a cliff. And so a moratorium on fishing cod was declared, giving the fish a breather and a chance to recover, which they have in impressive numbers, National Post reported Thursday. Show More Summary

Saint Joseph Oriol Plaque in Barcelona, Spain

This tiny landmark, located on the side of the Church of Santa Maria del Pi in the middle of Barcelona's dense Gothic Quarter, marks a seemingly trivial event. On April 6, 1806, priest José Mestres fell off a walkway on the outside of the church's apse. Show More Summary

Frogs Made Famous by Mark Twain Are Finally Laying Eggs Again

Good news for fans of Mark Twain and competitive frog jumping competitions: California’s endangered red-legged frog, the star species of the author’s breakout short story The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, is making a comeback! When...Show More Summary

A Brief History of Project Moby Dick, the Cold War's Least Believable Surveillance Strategy

On January 13, 1956, a specially modified Air Force C-119 roared over the Sea of Japan in pursuit of a high priority target. The plane, callsign “Center 39,” suddenly made visual contact with what looked like a huge, translucent teardrop...Show More Summary

Septuagesimo Uno in New York, New York

While not smallest piece of park property in New York, Septuagesimo Uno is still a charmingly diminutive plot of land, occupying a mere 0.04 acres between two townhouses on West 71st Street. The creation of the park may date to Mayor...Show More Summary

Alderson Academy in Alderson, West Virginia

The structure of the old Alderson Academy building, built in 1901, has seen better days. Floors are collapsing in on themselves, leaving many areas of the building completely inaccessible. If you try to climb the beautiful staircaseShow More Summary

Underground Railroad Experience Trail in Sandy Spring, Maryland

The town of Sandy Spring, Maryland was settled by religious Quakers in the 1720s. In 1777, the Quakers internally outlawed members of the church from owning slaves, and a community of free African Americans settled alongside the Quakers in the area. Show More Summary

Portland's Love Affair With Its Special Water Fountains

Portland, Oregon, is known (and sometimes ridiculed) for its staunchly iconoclastic residents and attitude. What not many outsiders know is that the city even has its own iconic drinking fountains, known as Benson Bubblers. These four-headed...Show More Summary

The Eagle in Cambridge, England

On the afternoon of February 28, 1943, a regular at The Eagle made an announcement to the other patrons enjoying their lunch in the Cambridge pub. He, along with his colleague James Watson, had discovered "the secret of life.” The regular...Show More Summary

One Sloppy Land Surveyor Almost Caused a War Between Missouri and Iowa

When Sheriff Uriah S. Gregory—those who knew him called him Sandy—made his way into disputed territory for the second time, he must have known it would not go well for him. When he crossed from land that surely belonged to the stateShow More Summary

Ronald Reagan’s Situation Room in Simi Valley, California

One of the greatest gems at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library is the “Situation Room Experience," where visitors can look at a perfect reconstruction of the secure facility that housed national security meetings for more than four...Show More Summary

Shanghai's Daring 'Rooftoppers' Are Taking Urban Exploration to New Heights

A post shared by Co (@cocoanext) on Feb 25, 2017 at 4:58am PST “Do you know how many lightning rods you can climb in Shanghai? The answer is 23. Of course, there are many more for us yet to discover.” That text accompanies the above Instagram post from user cocoanext—one of a ballsy group of Shanghai-based “rooftopper” photographers. Show More Summary

Welwyn Preserve in Glen Cove, New York

Welwyn was the 204-acre estate built in 1906 for Harold Irving Pratt, an oil industrialist and philanthropist. Prat and his wife Harriet lived in their lavish home until his death in 1939 and hers in '69, upon which occasion the house was willed to Nassau County. Show More Summary

Found: A ‘Very Large’ African Cat Roaming the Streets of New Jersey

In Paterson, New Jersey, on Thursday morning, the people of Mill Street saw a surprising creature walking the block—a very large cat that they weren’t quite able to identify. “One person said it was a tiger,” an animal control officer told The Record. Show More Summary

Ruins of Minsden Chapel in Hitchin , England

When Hertfordshire historian Reginald Hine died in 1949, per his wishes his ashes were spread on the site of the ruins of the Minsden chapel, where several years earlier he had promised to “endeavor in all ghostly ways to protect and...Show More Summary

Icelandic Punk Museum in Reykjavik, Iceland

In November 2016, this former public toilet, once known as “ground zero” to locals, was reopened in downtown Reykjavik to do what it was maybe always meant to do: tell the story of Icelandic punk. Down below Bankastræti, not far from...Show More Summary

V?nh M?c Tunnel Complex in V?nh Th?ch, Vietnam

There are a handful of Vietnamese men and women, roughly in their early 40s, who share a very unusual distinction: They were all born in the Vinh Moc tunnel complex in the Quang Tri region, when their families were taking shelter from...Show More Summary

In the 1960s, an Artist Imagined an Ever-Changing City That Feels a Lot Like Today

In the winter of 1956, the Dutch artist Constant Nieuwenhuys went to visit his friend, the painter Pinot Gallizio, in his hometown of Alba, Italy. When he got there, though, he found that Gallizio had some other guests. A community of...Show More Summary

Teen Corrects NASA Error

Forget space camp, one U.K. teenager found and corrected a data error on the International Space Station in his free time. According to the BBC, 17-year-old Sheffield student Miles Soloman, taking part in a project with the Institute...Show More Summary

The Yeti Scalp of Khumjung in Khumjung, Nepal

A small village monastery in northeast Nepal claims to have a 300-year-old Yeti scalp, one carried by Sir Edmund Hillary across the globe for inspection by zoologists and other experts. Despite its purported provenance, it did not pass...Show More Summary

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