New Zealand Library Books Kept Vanishing And Then Reappearing
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A New Zealand Library Books Kept Vanishing And Then Reappearing

Library books kept vanishing and then reappearing. The Auckland Central Library in New Zealand’s largest city has a long history of providing for the city’s homeless population. After a local charity told administrators that the library served as a kind…

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The Green Children Of Woolpit

The green children of Woolpit. One day, out of the woods, two children walked into the English town of Woolpit. This was back in the 1200s, so children mysteriously appearing wasn’t as odd back then—due to, you know, parents having…

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What Life Actually Was Like For A Real Pirate

What life actually was like for a real pirate. In between bouts of pirate-talk and rocking out to Alestorm (or Lazy Town, whichever you prefer), you may have wondered what life would’ve been like if you actually were a pirate….

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How Fire Ants Form Towers More Than 30 Ants High

How fire ants form towers more than 30 ants high. Fire ants may not be cute or cuddly, but they have some pretty cool tricks. They can form rafts to survive floods, and researchers have now figured out how they form towers…

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Scientists Warn That We Are Entering A Digital Dark Age

We are entering a digital dark age You may think that those photos on Facebook or all your tweets may last forever, or might even come back to haunt you, depending on what you have out there. But, in reality,…

Armageddon-Proof Survival Pod
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Armageddon-Proof Survival Pod Proves a Big Hit

The Armageddon-Proof Survival Pod You may be all happy and carefree today celebrating public holidays, but don’t forget about the end of days. Luckily, there’s a way around it – a survival pod built by a Chinese inventor who claims…

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How Freshwater Cultured Pearls Began

Freshwater cultured pearls. Pearls are produced by mollusks, mussels or oysters belonging to the Unionidae family. Saltwater pearls are produced by oysters in the ocean, while freshwater pearls come from mussels growing in lakes, rivers or ponds other than the…

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The Deadly Alaskan Bermuda Triangle

You’ve probably heard legends about planes and ships mysteriously disappearing in the Bermuda Triangle. But those legends don’t come close to the serious disappearances that have plagued Alaska for decades. There’s a region of wilderness known by names like ‘Alaska’s…

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Botticelli’s Masterpiece Of ‘The Birth of Venus’

Sandro Botticelli, an early master of the Italian Renaissance, is celebrated for his contributions to the major art motion. He is well known for his larger-than-life mythological scene of  The Birth of Venus, even though his work features secular portraits…

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How Pandas Got Their Patches – Science And Mythology

Panda patches. Giant pandas’ patches are among the most striking of any mammal: black ears and eye spots set against a white face, with dark limbs and shoulders abutting a white neck and torso. Science Scientists have proposed dozens of…

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Man In Colorful Parrot Costume Helps To Sell Houses Online

Colorful parrot. If you’re looking for a way to to make your property stand out on a real-estate website, dressing up as a colorful parrot and posing for photos seems to work wonders. At least it worked for the owner…

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Pieces That Are All the Same Solid Color By Pure Hell Puzzles

Looking for a real challenge in your life? Try Pure Hell, a maddening puzzle made up of extra tiny pieces that are all the same solid color, created by the sadistic minds at Beverly Japan. Pure Hell puzzles come in 1,000…

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Daughter Found Box With 30,000 Never-Before-Seen Negatives

Never-seen-before negatives. Some artists don’t live long enough to experience the recognition they get. Masha Ivashintsova was one of them. This Russian artist and theater critic had been heavily engaged in the Leningrad (now, Saint Petersburg) poetic and photography underground…

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It’s The Addicted Rats That Ate 450 Kilograms Of Marijuana!

Addicted rats. When police inspectors in Pilar, Argentina’s Buenos Aires province, were recently questioned about the disappearance of 540 kg of marijuana from the evidence room, they explained that addicted rats ate it all! Commissioner Emilio Portero relieved his partner…

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Ignorant Scientists. So Many Don’t Know What They’re Talking About

Ignorant scientists. Science has enormous cachet and authority in our culture, for very understandable reasons! And that has led scientists (and non-scientists who claim the mantle of science) to claim public authority, which is all well and good in their…

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Denmark Strait Cataract. It Isn’t What You Think

Denmark Strait Cataract. What’s the largest waterfall in the world? If you’re talking by flow rate, it’s Inga Falls. If you mean the tallest, it’s Angel Falls. The widest? Khone Falls. But if you want to know the very largest…

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Did Saint Patrick Banish All The Snakes From Ireland?

Did Saint Patrick banish all the snakes from Ireland? It turns out the story is a bit more complicated than that. Legend tells it that St. Patrick banished all the snakes from the Emerald Isle, chasing them into the sea…

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Winners Of The 2018 Sony World Photography Awards

The Sony World Photography Awards celebrates its 11th anniversary this year. This is one of the most respected and influential photography competitions in the world. Every single year they are sent thousands of stunning photographs from amateur and professional photographers and this year has…

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Miracle Cat Predicts Death And Comforts The Dying

Miracle cat predicts death. Meet Oscar who is believed to have predicted the deaths numerous people at a nursing home. The 10-year-old tabby spends his days roaming the halls of Steere House and is known as notoriously anti-social. But the miracle moggy cuddles up to…

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Townsfolk Put Mayor In Stocks For Doing A Poor Job

Mayor in stocks. In most countries, the only way you can punish politicians and civil servants for not doing a proper job is by not voting for them in the next elections. But in Bolivia, they have a thing called…

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Chinese Lottery Winners Collect Prizes Dressed As Cartoon Characters

A Chinese man was recently in the news for not only winning millions of yuan in a lottery, but also for the bizarre costume he wore when he collected his prize. The man was so worried about revealing his identity…

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Chinese Casanova Had To Leave Hospital With Police Escort

Chinese casanova has to leave hospital with police escort. When a man from China’s Hunan province got into a car accident last month, little did he know that his misfortune would actually affect his love life. He was rushed to the…

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Nine Million Deaths In 2015 Because Of Pollution

Pollution creates a deadly aftermath. In 2015, about one in six of the deaths around the world were linked to pollution of some kind, a new report has found. “Pollution is much more than an environmental challenge. It is a…

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Human Gene Editing Is Leaving Ethics Dangerously Far Behind

In a breakthrough scientists successfully did gene editing of a human embryo to eliminate a dangerous gene mutation. The birth of an actual baby with genes selected by technological means hasn’t happened yet, but that is on the way — and…

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Why People Don’t Believe That The Moon Landing Happened

No conspiracy theory has captured the imagination quite like that time we faked the moon landing. That’s right, we never landed on the moon. According to a 1999 Gallup poll, 6% of Americans thought the moon landings were fake, and…

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Asia’s Deadly Secret: The Scourge Of The Betel Nut

The scourge of the betel nut. It is used by almost a tenth of the world’s population. It gives people a buzz equivalent to six cups of coffee and is used variously as a symbol of love, marriage and a…

Words
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Do Words Get Removed From A Dictionary If They Are Not Used?

Do words get removed from a dictionary if they are not used? The Second Edition of the Oxford English Dictionary [OED] is generally regarded as the single most comprehensive record of the English language to exist. Included in this work are many thousands…

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The Warning Signs Of Online Fraud And How To Avoid It

The warning signs of online fraud and how to avoid it. Logged 207,000 Internet fraud reports to the U.S. Internet Crime Center.

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Fish Create Huge Underwater Spirals 

Fish create huge underwater spirals.  American photographer Octavio Aburto thrives on the fascinating world of life in the sea. He has spent decades studying and researching marine biology in order to educate the world about the protection and conservation of ocean…

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Groom Tried To Drown Himself After Seeing “Ugly” Bride For The First Time

Groom tried to drown himself. A  young groom from China’s Hubei province was so disappointed after seeing his bride for the first time, he actually tried to kill himself at his own wedding!  33-year-old Kang Hu was all set to marry 30-year-old…