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Earth’s Artificial Ring: Project West Ford

At the height of the Cold War in the late 1950s, all international communications were either sent through undersea cables or bounced off of the natural ...
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America’s Secret Plan to Invade Canada

At a length of 5,522 miles (8,891 kilometers), Canada and the United States share the longest non-militarized border in the world. Today we think of the ...
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A Potentially Disastrous Design Error

With its distinctive forty-five degree diagonal crown, the Citicorp building is one of the most recognizable skyscrapers on the New York City skyline. At...
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Let Slip the Dogs of War

The Nazi Blitzkrieg was a revolution in warfare that forced the rest of the world into a wild scramble to figure out how to dam the onslaught. The German...
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Lucid Decapitation

For thousands of years, the forceful removal of the human head has been used as a form of capital punishment. In fact, the word "capital" in the context ...
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The Smoldering Ruins of Centralia

There is a small town in Pennsylvania called Ashland where Route 61's northbound traffic is temporarily branched onto a short detour. Exactly what the de...
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Unskilled and Unaware of It

When asked, most individuals will describe themselves as better-than-average in areas such as leadership, social skills, written expression, or just abou...
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Professor Edgerton’s Atomic Camera

During the early days of atomic bomb experiments in the 1940s, nuclear weapons scientists had some difficulty studying the growth of nuclear fireballs in...
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A Life More Colorful

Human beings normally see in color. We are natural trichromats-- we have three different color receptors that permit us to see a range of colors far broa...
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The Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon

You may have heard about Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon before. In fact, you probably learned about it for the first time quite recently. If not, then you jus...
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The Crypt of Civilization

In the basement of Phoebe Hearst Hall at Oglethorpe University in Georgia, there is a stainless steel vault door which was welded shut over sixty-five ye...
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The Halifax Disaster

How a maritime accident led to the largest human-caused explosion in the pre-nuclear era.
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Liver-Eating Johnson

From the cloudy reservoir of history it is often difficult to separate legend from reality, and such is the case with the story of the infamous American ...
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The Soldier Who Wouldn’t Quit

On December 17, 1944, the Japanese army sent a twenty-three year old soldier named Hiroo Onoda to the Philippines to join the Sugi Brigade. He was statio...
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Professional Farters

Joseph Pujol, a man of singular talent, was born in Marseilles, France in 1857. In his early youth it became clear that he was a natural entertainer, sin...
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Let’s Make a Deal

There is a classic mathematical nuisance known as the Monty Hall problem which can be hard to wrap the mind around. It is named after the classic game sh...
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The Whereabouts of Dr. Einstein’s Brain

Dr. Albert Einstein died on April 18, 1955 at Princeton Hospital in Trenton, New Jersey. In accordance with his wishes, he was cremated without ceremony ...
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Alien Hand Syndrome

In 1908, the German neurologist and psychiatrist Dr Kurt Goldstein was bewildered by the strange behaviors manifest in one of his patients. The fifty-sev...
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The Monumental Molasses Morass of 1919

On 15 January 1919 the ground near 529 Commercial Street in Boston, Massachusetts began to tremble. At the nearby Purity Distilling Company, a six-story...
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Lake Peigneur: The Swirling Vortex of Doom

Early in the morning on November 21, 1980, twelve men decided to abandon their oil drilling rig on the suspicion that it was beginning to collapse beneat...
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