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Phoenix Shot Tower in Baltimore, Maryland

Baltimore's Phoenix Shot Tower, also known as "the Old Baltimore Shot Tower," was the tallest structure in the United States when it was built in 1828. Its cornerstone was laid by Charles Carroll, the last living founding father andShow More Summary

Cheese Lane Shot Tower in Bristol, England

The shot tower on Cheese Lane in Bristol is unique among its ilk because of its distinctive shape, but also because it's relatively new. It was built in 1969 to replace the world's first shot tower and today is one of only three left...Show More Summary

The Libertarian Economic Theory That Might Be Secretly Driving Pokémon Go

Finding Pokémon at the observation point of Zion National Park, Utah. (Photo: Tydence Davis/CC BY 2.0) A version of this post originally appeared on Tedium, a twice-weekly newsletter that hunts for the end of the long tail. There's something...Show More Summary

Sparks Shot Tower in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Long before ammunition factories churned out bullets using sophisticated automated technology, the weapons industry in the U.S. relied on shot towers like this one. Built in Philadelphia in 1808, the Sparks family kept it running for four generations. Show More Summary

The Graves of Robert E. Lee's Garden in Arlington, Virginia

Confederate general Robert E. Lee's former residence now lies in the heart of Arlington Cemetery. However, this wouldn't be true if it weren't for the dozens of soldiers buried on the perimeter of the gardens next to the house. Arlington Cemetery is a must in the Washington, D.C tourism circuit, hosting over 4 million visitors every year. Show More Summary

The First Democratic Convention on Live TV Was the Last Not to be Air-Conditioned

The 1948 presidential campaign, which would later result in one of the most famously wrong newspaper headlines in American history, was complicated. For the first time ever, three candidates—Democrat Harry Truman, Republican Thomas Dewey,...Show More Summary

Google Just Accurately Simulated a Molecule With Quantum Computing

The Space Shuttle's main thruster burning hydrogen. (Photo: Public domain) Quantum computing is the future of computing, and, like traditional computing, can get pretty complicated. But one of its chief advantages over traditional computing,...Show More Summary

Dubuque Shot Tower in Dubuque, USA

This 120-foot structure that stretches to the sky is one of the country’s last remaining shot towers. However it never fully got the chance to do its job. Built in 1856 in Dubuque, Iowa as a shot tower to provide lead shot for the military, it allowed for the efficient and reliable manufacturing of nearly perfectly spherical lead to use in muskets. Show More Summary

The Grave of Rope Walker in Corsicana, Texas

Rope Walker was a peg-legged Jewish tightrope walker who died in 1884, when he fell from a rope stretched across one of the town’s main streets. He had an iron stove strapped to his back. According to local stories, he asked for a rabbi as he was dying, but he did not reveal his name. Show More Summary

Schrotkugelturm (Shot Ball Tower) in Berlin, Germany

In 1908 the Juhl & Sons Lead Foundry and Machine Factory (a.k.a. "Bleigießerei und Maschinenfabrik Juhl & Söhne") built the five-story "Schrotkugelturm," or Shot Ball Tower, in Berlin. After climbing the 197 steps to the peak of the tower, foundry workers would drop molten lead through a central tube. Show More Summary

Hamsey Island Plague Church in Hamsey, United Kingdom

A church has always held a position in the centre of most villages, towns and cities — it’s not long after a new settlement has been established that a place of worship is erected. However, on an island in the middle of the River Ouse stands an isolated church without a village to go with it. Show More Summary

Stokes Castle in Austin, Nevada

They say a man’s home is his castle. In the case of mine developer and railroad magnate Anson Phelps Stokes, the saying was quite literal. Stokes was one of several wealthy east coast investors that saw opportunities to enhance their fortune in the American West. Show More Summary

Hill Cumorah in Palmyra, New York

If you've seen the Broadway musical 'Book of Mormon,' you'll be at least somewhat familiar with the story of Joseph Smith's golden plates. It's a story so significant to the Mormon faith it's reenacted every July on a huge stage setShow More Summary

Parting of the Waters in Moran, Wyoming

High in the Bridger-Teton National Forest there is a creek that splits in two. If you were a trout, you could choose between swimming down one stream to the Pacific Ocean, or down the other to the Atlantic. The place is known as TwoShow More Summary

Grave of Andy Warhol in Castle Shannon

A site of pilgrimage for many art fans, Andy Warhol continues to be part of popular media as his gravesite is broadcast 24 hours a day on his museum's website. Andy Warhol once said, "I never understood why when you died, you didn’t just vanish, and everything could just keep going on the way it was only you just wouldn’t be there. Show More Summary

Daugavpils Fortress in Daugavpils, Latvia

Close to the city centre of Daugavpils, Latvia sits a large fortress complex said to be the last bastion-type fortification in the world. In its day the sweeping complex was well guarded and isolated from rest of the city, creating a...Show More Summary

Underwater Establishments Where You Can Sleep and Eat With the Fishes

Sleeping with the fishes in an underwater room. (Photo: Kwanini, The Manta Resort) Sometimes you just want to get away. Like really away. Like "bottom of the ocean" away. Maybe you want to submerge for a week or two, or perhaps just head underwater for long enough to grab a bite to eat. Show More Summary

Watch These Death-Defying Mexican Dancers Fly

In the Mexican state of Veracruz, men climb a 100-foot pole to ask the gods to end drought in a death-defying, 450-year-old tradition known as Danza de los Voladores or Dance of the Flyers. In this GoPro video, four men clamber up the pole, which according to the original story represents the tallest tree in the area. Show More Summary

This Century-Old Map Details the Path to Musical Success

Theodore Presser's how-to guide for musical success. (Photo: PJ Mode Collection at Cornell's Digital Library/CC BY-SA 3.0) When it comes to finding success, practice does really make perfect. That’s the message behind this 1913 allegorical...Show More Summary

Found: Evidence That Cat-Sized 'Rat-Kangaroos' Once Hopped the Earth

Part of the skull of an ancient rat-kangaroo. (Photo: Museum of Western Australia) In northeastern Australia, archaeologists have discovered the teeth and bones belonging to two perviously unknown species of kangaroos that went extinct about 18 million years ago. Show More Summary

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