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The Terrifying Toothpick Fish

The vast freshwater ecosystem of the Amazon River is home to abundant animal life, and many of its species thrive by virtue of their ferocity. If one we...
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The Lonely Tree of Ténéré

Because trees are so abundant, it is rare for a single one to become well-known. Some trees become distinguished due to their historical significance. Th...
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Remember, Remember the 22nd of November

The story of the Max Headroom pirating incident, one of the few successful television intrusions in history, and still unsolved.
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Undark and the Radium Girls

In 1922, a bank teller named Grace Fryer became concerned when her teeth began to loosen and fall out for no discernible reason. Her troubles were compo...
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The Skyhook

During the Cold War, the US and the Soviets had an ongoing game of tag taking place under the Arctic Ice Cap. Among the better-known technologies employ...
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The Seizing of the Pueblo

In January 1968, the US Navy electronic surveillance ship USS Pueblo was quietly lurking off the east coast of North Korea, its assorted antennae pricked...
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Outer Space Exposure

In scores of science fiction stories, hapless adventurers find themselves unwittingly introduced to the vacuum of space without proper protection. There ...
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The Timber Terror

In the late 1930s, the dark cloud of war was lurking on the horizon in Europe. Even as the United Kingdom and France employed diplomats to appease Hitler...
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High-Rise Syndrome

As most people know, when a cat is able to see, it will usually land on its feet. It's a neat knack they've had to evolve over eons of climbing trees to ...
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The Last Great Steam Car

When primitive automobiles first began to appear in the 1800s, their engines were based on steam power, the same power source which had motivated the Ind...
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The Gravity Express

About four hundred years ago--sometime in the latter half of the 17th century--Isaac Newton received a letter from the brilliant British scientist and in...
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Bacteriapocalypse

About two and one-half billion years ago, life on Earth was still in its infancy. Complex organisms such as plants and animals had not yet appeared, but ...
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The Atomic Automobile

During the 1950s, much of the world was quivering with anticipation over the exciting prospects of nuclear power. Atomic energy promised to churn out cle...
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The Ruins of Fordlândia

In the early 20th century, a cartel of Dutch and English rubber barons had a stranglehold on the vast majority of the world's supply of rubber. At that t...
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The Deepest Hole

In the 1960s, researchers in the Soviet Union began an ambitious drilling project whose goal was to penetrate the Earth's upper crust and sample the warm...
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Project Babylon: Gerald Bull’s Downfall

Gerald Bull is a prime example of a man who created his own luck--unfortunately for him most of it was bad. A brilliant and distinguished artillery engin...
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Exhuming the Glacier Girl

In the early days of the Second World War, Allied forces began Operation Bolero, a daring and risky effort to bring American planes to the European theat...
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This Place is Not a Place of Honor

If you look at it just right, the universal radiation warning symbol looks a bit like an angel. The circle in the middle could indicate the head, the low...
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Mincemeat and the Imaginary Man

Early in the morning on the 1st of May 1943, a fisherman on a beach in Spain discovered a waterlogged corpse which had washed ashore during the night. Th...
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Any Officer Who Goes Into Action Without His Sword is Improperly Dressed

In 1940, some of the German commanders who were overseeing the push into France began to receive seemingly random reports of soldiers having been killed ...
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