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The Most Modern of Modern Sports

The secret runaway success of Kenneth Gandar-Dower’s racing cheetahs.
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A Debaculous Fiasco

The most expensive, bizarre, and obscure work ever created by Dr. Seuss.
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Drawing the Shorter Straw

Visionary Argentine filmmaker Quirino Cristiani created full-length animated films between 1917 and 1931. He has since been all but forgotten.
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The Curse of Konzo

In 1981, an international group of doctors identified the devastating disease behind a perplexing outbreak of paralysis in northern Mozambique.
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A Jarring Revelation

Amanda Theodosia Jones was a 19th-century poet, entrepreneur, and inventor who found inspiration in some unlikely places.
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Death by Derivatives

The opening of a canal in 1848 led to the birth of modern financial derivatives, and the early demise of some of the men who traded them
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Ghoulish Acts & Dastardly Deeds

In the 1950s, an anonymous terrorist planted a pipe bomb in a New York City public space. Then another. And another.
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No Country For Ye Olde Men

Britain’s practice of transporting convicts to American colonies was a fearsome punishment, but not for the chronic criminal James Dalton.
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Fire and Dice

The story of a tragic hotel fire of Rube Goldberg proportions.
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The Reconstruction of Ulysses S. Grant

As a civilian, the beloved American Civil War general and two-term president failed at every attempt to make money. Except for one.
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The Greatest Baroque Composer Never Known

A 300-year-old hunt for the unsung hero of Salzburg.
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Foreign Exchange(s)

He made a name for himself organizing the world’s most important economic conference, only to have it tarnished by an outrageous accusation.
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Starving for Answers

During WWII, 36 American conscientious objectors volunteered as subjects in a brutal science experiment to measure the body's response to starvation.
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Ten Minutes in Lituya Bay

A remote bay in Alaska is home to an odd and occasionally catastrophic geology. In 1958, a handful of people experienced this firsthand.
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The King’s Letters

The 15th-century scholar who upset the Korean aristocracy by creating a native script for the Korean language, and thus wean it off Chinese characters.
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Mobilis In Mobili

A 1930s effort to reach the Earth's northernmost point via antiquated submarine.
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Into the Bewilderness

Charles Waterton was a pioneer of conservation. He was also extremely nutty, in ways that suggest he may have over-identified with his animal subjects.
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Colonels of Truth

The tumultuous true story of the life of a fast food icon.
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A set of three encrypted notes from the nineteenth century purportedly describe the location of hidden treasure in Virginia.
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The Japanese Art of Self-Preservation

On the ancient Japanese Buddhist practice of self-mummification.
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