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Moqui Marbles And Martian Blueberries

Moqui Marbles And Martian Blueberries

Across many places in southern Utah, in the western United States, where the orange-colored sandstone gives way to the spectacular white- and pink-colored cliffs and bluffs of Navajo Sandstone, one
Charvolant: The Kite-Drawn Carriages

Charvolant: The Kite-Drawn Carriages

On 8 January 1822, an extraordinary journey was made from Bristol to Marlborough. An English schoolteacher named George Pocock took his wife and his kids on a 182 km-trip in a carriage drawn not by
Grammichele: The Hexagonal Town

Grammichele: The Hexagonal Town

Located in the province of Catania, in the Italian island of Sicily, is the town of Grammichele. It is one of the few towns in the world to have the unique hexagonal layout. The town was founded after
Cloughmills’ Crochet Village

Cloughmills’ Crochet Village

The village of Cloughmills in County Antrim, in Northern Ireland, has a small model replica of their village displayed in their village hall. But unlike many miniature models, theirs is made of wool.
The Great Wall of China Hoax

The Great Wall of China Hoax

“Fake news” is a new term, but lies and propaganda is as old as written history, spread by individuals to aggrandize oneself or smear the public image of an enemy. Then, there is yellow journalism,
The Gable Stones of Amsterdam

The Gable Stones of Amsterdam

Before Amsterdam had house numbering, they had a curious way of identifying addresses. Each house and building in the city used to have a stone plaque, called gable stone (gevelstenen in Dutch), that
Congreve Rolling Ball Clock

Congreve Rolling Ball Clock

In the early 19th century, an Englishman named Sir William Congreve invented an unusual clock that kept time using balls rolling down an incline. At that time, most clocks kept time through the
China’s Misguided War Against Sparrows

China’s Misguided War Against Sparrows

These panel of images from the late 1950s China, depicting young boys hunting sparrows for sport, were taken from a poster aimed at school children. The poster was part of a large campaign to
A Short History of Showering

A Short History of Showering

Personal hygiene hasn’t always been an integral part of grooming, yet the need to clean oneself easily and quickly was as pressing in ancient times as it is today. Bathing in a tub was cumbersome, so
Cascata delle Marmore: A Man-Made Waterfalls Created by Ancient Romans

Cascata delle Marmore: A Man-Made Waterfalls Created by Ancient Romans

About 8 kilometers east from the city of Terni, in the Umbria region of Italy, is a beautiful three-tiered waterfalls called Cascata delle Marmore or the Marmore Falls. The falls were once part of the
Forma Urbis: Rome’s Giant Marble Map

Forma Urbis: Rome’s Giant Marble Map

A modern illustration of the Temple of Peace with Forma Urbis, the giant map of Rome, on the wall. At the Roman Forum in the center of Rome there once stood a grand monument called the Temple of
SS Warrimoo: The Ship That Missed New Year’s Eve But Gained Two Centuries

SS Warrimoo: The Ship That Missed New Year’s Eve But Gained Two Centuries

The story that follows supposedly happened more than a hundred years ago on the eve of New Year. It spanned two centuries, yet was over in a couple of seconds. The story involves a passenger steamer
The Photographers Who Braved Mount St. Helens

The Photographers Who Braved Mount St. Helens

When Mount St. Helens erupted in the morning of May 18, 1980, a freelance photographer named Robert Landsberg was within four miles of the summit documenting the event. Robert had been visiting the
Walt Disney’s Backyard Railway: The Carolwood Pacific Railroad

Walt Disney’s Backyard Railway: The Carolwood Pacific Railroad

Even before Walt Disney drew up plans for the first Disneyland Park, he knew what to include in it—a rideable miniature railroad. Indeed, he had one in his own backyard at his home in Los Angeles.
Meat-Shaped Stone And Jadeite Cabbage

Meat-Shaped Stone And Jadeite Cabbage

This mouth-watering chunk of stewed pork belly with a gratuitous layer of fat and glistening sheen is actually a piece of rock—jasper to be exact—that was cleverly carved and dyed to resemble a
The Ziggurat of Dur-Kurigalzu

The Ziggurat of Dur-Kurigalzu

This enormous structure rising over the desert sands near the Euphrates River resembles a sandstone butte but is actually made of mud-bricks, and is about 3,400 years old. The structure was originally
Kola Superdeep Borehole

Kola Superdeep Borehole

It’s hard to imagine that under this small metal cap lies the world’s deepest borehole. Now surrounded by ruins, the Kola Superdeep Borehole was a scientific project undertaken by the Soviet Union in
Atmospheric Railways: The 19th Century Trains That Ran On Air

Atmospheric Railways: The 19th Century Trains That Ran On Air

The 19th century ushered in a new form of transport—railways. Journeys that previously took weeks were now completed in days. Distances that could only be covered in days on horseback or on
Devil’s Tramping Ground

Devil’s Tramping Ground

In the woods just outside of Siler City, North Carolina, lies a bare circle of earth about forty feet across where nothing grows except for a few strands of grass. Legend has it that on certain nights
Betsiboka: Madagascar’s Red River

Betsiboka: Madagascar’s Red River

This image of the Betsiboka River’s estuary in northwest Madagascar provides tantalizing evidence of catastrophic erosion that has been plaguing this small island country in the Indian Ocean for the