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Gunpowder used in cannons helped change the nature of warfare, but it took a while to get the recipe just right.
What seems like a simple hobby can take you across the world.
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When it comes to their stuff, people often have a hard time letting go. When the objects of their obsession are rooms full of old clothes or newspapers, it can be unhealthy—even dangerous. But what about a stash that fits on 10 5-inch hard drives?
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A humble Scotsman saw something strange in the water—and daringly set out to catch it—only to have lecherous out-of-towners steal his fame and upend his quest.
The world’s most obsessive breakfast-food fans demonstrate just how far humans will go for the sweet taste of nostalgia.
“SOS. My phone is going to die. I’m lost,” the hiker texted a friend, along with two photos.
Victorian culinary trading cards are a feast for the eyes... but maybe not for your stomach.
A set of 200-year-old ciphers may reveal the location of millions of dollars’ worth of gold, silver, and jewels buried in rural Virginia. For the past century, the quest to break these codes has attracted the military, computer scientists, and conspiracy theorists. All have failed.
Their collections may look like trash to you, but these guys know every can has a story—and some have shockingly high price tags, too.
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Hardcore UFO enthusiasts share troubling elements with other conspiracy communities.
Apples, blue honeysuckles, and the Soviet seed collector who protected the Earth’s biodiversity.
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