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Coral-Filled Tanks Are Gorgeous, Have a Dark Side

Coral-Filled Tanks Are Gorgeous, Have a Dark Side

Home aquariums used to pretty much be for fish only. That changed with the advent of LED lights, which allow hobbyists to replicate a tropical sun indoors-without boiling the water in the tank. And so ... Continue Reading
Collapsing Runner Wins Race With Rival's Help

Collapsing Runner Wins Race With Rival's Help

A competitor who collapsed short of the finish line at the Beach to Beacon 10K in Maine managed to complete the race with some help. "It kind of seemed like it was over for me," says former University ... Continue Reading
Woman's Profane Rooster Rant Goes Viral

Woman's Profane Rooster Rant Goes Viral

Roosters aren't for everyone. The much-maligned male chicken is banned in cities across the US, and now one woman in a small town in Michigan is so fed up with hers that she posted an expletive-ridden ... Continue Reading
Why Met Museum's Vase Is Sitting in an Evidence Room

Why Met Museum's Vase Is Sitting in an Evidence Room

For 2,300 years, the painted vase has shown a scene involving the god Dionysus. For just under 30 of those years, it's been in the possession of the Metropolitan Museum of Art-and for the last week or ... Continue Reading
Dull, Boring, Bland: Towns With Unexciting Names Unite

Dull, Boring, Bland: Towns With Unexciting Names Unite

Dull and Boring, meet Bland. Dull, Scotland, and Boring, Ore., two small communities united by unexciting names, have joined forces with a third: Bland Shire, Australia. Dull and Boring became sister ... Continue Reading
Odd New Brexit Glitch: The Border With Ireland

Odd New Brexit Glitch: The Border With Ireland

Britain and the rest of the United Kingdom are supposed to exit the European Union in 2019, but the current round of Brexit talks is getting hung up on a geographic snag: how to create a border betwee ... Continue Reading
Canaanites Weren't Annihilated by Ancient Israelites After All

Canaanites Weren't Annihilated by Ancient Israelites After All

The Bible suggests the Canaanites were wiped out by the ancient Israelites, but a new study says otherwise, claiming the people survived and went on to be the ancestors of those who today live in Leba ... Continue Reading
Court Rules Sex Still Matters for Women Over 50

Court Rules Sex Still Matters for Women Over 50

A less ordinary ruling out of Europe on Tuesday: The continent's Court of Human Rights found that three Portuguese judges erred in deciding that sex is less important for older women, reports the AP. ... Continue Reading
Can You Read This Witch Spell? A Chicago Library Needs You

Can You Read This Witch Spell? A Chicago Library Needs You

In the market for some 17th-century spells written by (possible) real-life witches? The Book of Magical Charms, a handwritten manuscript penned by two unknown Brits in the 1600s, is shelved at Chicago ... Continue Reading
Students Carry on Epic Tinder Exchange for 3 Years

Students Carry on Epic Tinder Exchange for 3 Years

Michelle Arendas and Josh Avsec have kept up an epic Tinder conversation for nearly three years-and after it recently went viral, their story scored them a free trip to Hawaii. BuzzFeed details how it ... Continue Reading
Lost Book by Maurice Sendak Discovered

Lost Book by Maurice Sendak Discovered

Maurice Sendak died in 2012, but the world is getting a new book from the beloved children's author and artist nonetheless. The president of the Maurce Sendak Foundation was cleaning out Sendak's file ... Continue Reading
Meanwhile in Britain: Tiegate

Meanwhile in Britain: Tiegate

There's a new heated battle raging in Britain: In parliament at least, there's a line in the sand between those who don neckties and those who don't. Britain's parliament relaxed its dress code last w ... Continue Reading
Cuba Wants to Help Its People Have Sex

Cuba Wants to Help Its People Have Sex

Cuba wants to help its citizens have sex ... in private. As the BBC reports, it's "common" to see couples knocking boots in Havana's public areas, like parks and beaches, because they don't have the p ... Continue Reading
One of Pennsylvania's Oldest Homes Hid in Plain Sight

One of Pennsylvania's Oldest Homes Hid in Plain Sight

Based on a line in a local history book, Jude Plum suspected the two-story home he purchased out of pre-foreclosure in 2013 was old. He just didn't know it was one of the oldest surviving homes in Pen ... Continue Reading
Sniper May Have Made Longest Kill Shot in History

Sniper May Have Made Longest Kill Shot in History

A Canadian sniper in Iraq appears to have taken a shot for the ages. The Globe and Mail reports that a still-unidentified member of the nation's elite forces killed an Islamic State militant from a di ... Continue Reading
New Earhart Search 'Less a Shot in Dark' Than Any Before

New Earhart Search 'Less a Shot in Dark' Than Any Before

Thirteen human bones discovered on a Pacific island three years after Amelia Earhart disappeared were subsequently lost. But that leaves 193 bones still to be found, as an archaeologist puts it. In it ... Continue Reading
2nd Attempt at Going Over Niagara Kills Daredevil

2nd Attempt at Going Over Niagara Kills Daredevil

A Florida man tempted fate twice, and the second time proved his undoing: New York State Park Police on Thursday said the body of Kirk R. Jones of Spring Hill had been recovered from the Niagara River ... Continue Reading
Class Prez's Diploma Withheld Over Graduation Speech

Class Prez's Diploma Withheld Over Graduation Speech

A senior class president in North Carolina was "hurt and embarrassed" when the principal withheld his diploma because he refused to read a graduation speech written by administrators, the Washington P ... Continue Reading
Fishermen Threw Away a 'One-in-a-Billion' Catch

Fishermen Threw Away a 'One-in-a-Billion' Catch

In all the time humans have been exploring the ocean, there have until now been just nine recorded sightings of conjoined aquatic mammals. That's only partly why the Washington Post calls a recent cat ... Continue Reading
Someone Complained to Mall Security About Her Outfit

Someone Complained to Mall Security About Her Outfit

A woman wearing nude-colored flats, a Finding Dory tank top, and cutoff jean shorts was kicked out of a mall in Michigan on Saturday for breaking dress code-even though it was 90 degrees outside. So H ... Continue Reading

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