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Statue of Loreley in St. Goarshausen, Germany

On the tip of a causeway in the Rhine River, a 3.3-meter-tall bronze female figure watches ships go up and down the busy waterway. Sharing a name with the slate promontory towering overhead, the Loreley Statue is a relatively recentShow More Summary

Ugland House in George Town , Cayman Islands

In 2015, American multinational corporations held an estimated $2.5 trillion in overseas tax havens, more than the GDP of the entire country of France. These tax havens are scattered across the globe, and one of the largest is inconspicuously...Show More Summary

The Inept Story Behind 100 Missing Brains at the University of Texas

A version of this story originally appeared on A couple years ago, a story started to make the “news of the weird” rounds about roughly 100 brains missing from the University of Texas at Austin’s psychology department. Curious...Show More Summary

Stone City in Anamosa, Iowa

In the middle of the 19th century, a source of dolomite limestone was discovered in eastern Iowa. Shortly thereafter, multiple quarries began operating near the town of Anamosa, and proved so successful that the companies began building...Show More Summary

Jelling Viking Monuments in Jelling, Denmark

The little Danish village of Jelling was the seat of the country's first Viking monarchs. King Gorm and his son, Harald Bluetooth (whose name and runic symbol were later given to Bluetooth technology) left behind massive pagan mounds,...Show More Summary

The Strange Story of Why Belize is Full of Chicago Cubs Fans

Less than four years after gaining independence from the United Kingdom, the Caribbean nation of Belize notched a smaller, yet somehow lasting, triumph in 1985. That winter, the Chicago Cubs sent their star outfielder Gary Matthews, Sr., to visit the country, which is often claimed to be the most Cubs-friendly land outside the Windy City. Show More Summary

Watch a Serial Killer Play the Dating Game

It's not just the stilted dialogue and cringe-worthy innuendoes that make this Dating Game clip from 1978 seem off somehow. Bachelor number one is Rodney Alcala, who would be sentenced to death for the murder of at least 50 people just two years from this airing, but his true victim count could be as high as 130. Show More Summary

Secret Celtic Tree Cross in Killea, Ireland

Flying over Ireland is always a magical experience. But then travelers speeding over County Donegal started noticing a particularly mystical sight: a 300-foot-long Celtic cross, made of thousands of trees. This strange emblem has been secret growing for quite some time. Show More Summary

What’s A Woggin? A Bird, a Word, and a Linguistic Mystery

On December 20, 1792, the whaling ship Asia was making its way through the Desolation Islands, in the Indian Ocean, when the crew decided to stop for lunch. According to the ship's logger, the meal was a great success: "At 1 PM Sent our Boat on Shore After Some refreshments," he wrote. Show More Summary

Dettifoss in Iceland

In Iceland's Vatnajökull National Park, the waters of the mighty Dettifoss are ever-crashing. The waters of the falls comes from the nearby Vatnajökull glacier, whose sediment-rich runoff colors the water a greyish white. The superlative of "most powerful" comes from its water flow coupled with its height. Show More Summary

Bily Clocks Museum in Spillville, Iowa

Frank and Joseph Bily were born in the late 19th century on a farm near the predominantly Czech town Spillville, Iowa. They went on to become farmers themselves, as well as carpenters; to pass the time during the slow winter months,Show More Summary

The Horrifying Legacy of the Victorian Tapeworm Diet

From horrifying foot-binding practices in Imperial China to life-threatening surgeries in modernity, humanity has been finding harmful ways to modify the body since the dawn of civilization. The Victorians were no exception to this. The...Show More Summary

Presidential Campaigns of the 1800s Involved A Surprising Amount of Flags and Throw Pillows

President William Henry Harrison may be best known, rather unfortunately, for being the country’s shortest serving president. But he’s also credited with two other unusual facts. It's because of Harrison that we have the phrase, “keep the ball rolling”, which he adopted after his supporters pushed a ball of tin from Cleveland to Columbus. Show More Summary

The Beautiful, Forgotten and Moving Graves of New England's Slaves

Most of New England’s colonial-era graveyards hold the bones of slaves. This is true not only of the urban graveyards of Boston and Newport, but also of the sleepy little cemeteries nestled among the clapboard churches and old stone walls in rural villages from Norwich, Connecticut to Jaffrey Center, New Hampshire. Show More Summary

Claude Monet House and Gardens in Giverny, France

Walking through these gardens is like stepping in to one of Claude Monet’s famous paintings. The House and Gardens of Claude Monet is the beautifully restored home of the painter Claude Monet who is the founder of French Impressionist Painting. Show More Summary

Kennecott Ghost Town in Chitina, Alaska

The town Kennecott in Alaska was once flourishing, full of workers who came to the town in search of wealth and work in the mines. There were businesses, shops, a train connection, and a lot of life. Then in 1938 the town was abruptly abandoned by it's citizens, leaving most of their possessions behind. Show More Summary

UFO of Bratislava in Bratislava, Slovakia

There is a large housing settlement on the east side of Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia. It’s comprised of three tight circles of low-rise towers from the Soviet era, both in their vintage and their design. In the middle of the center...Show More Summary

The Long, Weird Transition from Analog to Digital Television

A version of this post originally appeared on Tedium, a twice-weekly newsletter that hunts for the end of the long tail. The Federal Communications Commission had a hard job in front of it at the turn of the 21st Century. The group found...Show More Summary

Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial in Colleville-sur-Mer, France

Without the invasion in Normandy, which lead to the withdrawal and defeat of the Nazis, the world would be a different place. Today, the sacrifices of the American soldiers who landed on the beaches of France on D-Day are not forgotten: Every year people visit the Normandy American Cemetery bringing flowers and flags to show their respects. Show More Summary

Rod Serling Gazebo in Binghamton, New York

Martin Sloane realizes he has slipped back in time when he sees his younger self carving his name on a gazebo in the park with an old carousel. Martin has accidentally returned to his childhood town after a 25-year absence, and is astounded...Show More Summary

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