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When Elves Halted An Iceland Road Construction Project

September 22, 2021

Picture taken on April 22, 2016 shows an elves palace in Reykjavik. (Halldor Kolbeins/AFP via Getty Images) Although they may not admit it to your face, many Icel...

Aftermath Of The September 11 Terrorist Attacks

September 12, 2021

Firefighter Gerard McGibbon of Engine 283 in Brownsville, Brooklyn prays after the World Trade Center buildings collapsed on September 11, 2001. (Mario Tama/Getty Images) ...

India Pays 40 Actors To Mimic Large Monkeys To Solve In...

March 13, 2021

Monkeys above Chandni Chowk, Delhi. (Chris Goldberg/Flickr) The people of New Delhi, India are dealing one of the most mind-boggling infestations of the 20th ...

When A Simpsons Episode Almost Changed What Australia C...

February 9, 2021

The 1995 Simpsons episode "Bart vs. Australia" nearly started an international incident, but more importantly, it was almost responsible for renaming the Aus...

History Of Fireworks: Who Invented Fireworks, And Why D...

December 29, 2020

(Mughal Style/Wikimedia Commons) Today, anyone can pick up inexpensive fireworks from a roadside stand, but long before they were an easily accessible celebra...

9/11 Heroes: Amazing Stories Of The Ones We Don't Hear ...

September 10, 2020

On September 11, 2011, the world came to a standstill when the Twin Towers were destroyed in one of the most heartbreaking acts of terrorism since Pearl Harb...

Hosting The Olympics: Cons Of The Olympics Coming To Yo...

August 15, 2020

The Olympic Games began over 2,700 years ago in Olympia, Greece, where locals met every four years to play a number of athletic games in honor of the ruler o...

The Mariana Trench: Mysteries, The Monster, And The New...

July 29, 2020

Scientists are fond of telling us we know more about the surface of the Moon than we do about the depths of our own planet's oceans. This is particularly tru...

The Black NRA: How The NAAGA Is Changing The Gun Conver...

July 28, 2020

The National Rifle Association has traditionally been associated with a certain type of person: rural, male, and definitely white. The National African Ameri...

The Panama Papers: How The Ultra Rich Got Caught Hiding...

July 8, 2020

In 2016, the Panama Papers were on the cover of every newspaper, and it felt like something big was about to happen. Just as quickly as the leak was exposed,...

A Millionaire Orchestrated An Elaborate Treasure Hunt (...

June 18, 2020

Who hasn't dreamed of deciphering a cryptic map and discovering a hidden treasure chest worth millions of dollars? Of course, finding the riches would be ama...

Artist Submerged 19th Century Dress in the Dead Sea for...

August 29, 2016

Israeli artist Sigalit Landau submerged a nineteenth century dress in the Dead Sea for two years. The project, called Salt Bride, was inspired by a play called Th...