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29

Jul

How pizza is consumed around the worldPizza may have its origins in Italy, but over the centuries, the food has adapted and changed to please every possible palate.

How pizza is consumed around the world
Pizza may have its origins in Italy, but over the centuries, the food has adapted and changed to please every possible palate.

25

Jul

What was the purpose of these giant, concrete arrows?
Dotting the American landscape — from San Francisco to New York — are a series of 70-foot concrete arrows.

24

Jul

Abandoned car cemetery spends years rusting in spooky Belgian forest
Despite the resemblance to a grim doomsday traffic jam, these abandoned cars are in reality parked in an old junkyard on the west side of Chatillon, a small village near Ardennes, Belgium. The rusty retro vehicles have been sitting there for 70 years, plenty of time for the surrounding wilderness to almost overtake them.

Where the wild things aren’t: 8 abandoned zoos and animal parksEerie and unsettling perhaps, but deserted zoos also make for some excellent urban exploration.

Where the wild things aren’t: 8 abandoned zoos and animal parks
Eerie and unsettling perhaps, but deserted zoos also make for some excellent urban exploration.

21

Jul

12 U.S. places where your visit could double the population

19

Jul

How the rest of the world brushes their teethHow is it that some people who have never used a toothbrush have also never had a cavity?

How the rest of the world brushes their teeth
How is it that some people who have never used a toothbrush have also never had a cavity?

It took a volcano, 60 million years, and a giant to build this natural wonderWelcome to the Giant’s Causeway, a truly amazing location in Northern Ireland where polygonal columns are stacked against each other in such a strange way that it became the source of fantastic folklore. Learn more.

It took a volcano, 60 million years, and a giant to build this natural wonder
Welcome to the Giant’s Causeway, a truly amazing location in Northern Ireland where polygonal columns are stacked against each other in such a strange way that it became the source of fantastic folklore. Learn more.

18

Jul

17th-century scorpion recipe: Carve an indentation in a brick, fill it with basil, cover the hole with another brick and place it in the sun. In a matter of days, “fumes from the basil, acting as a leavening agent, will have transformed the vegetable matter into veritable scorpions,” chemist Jean Baptiste van Helmont wrote.According to the body of thinking known as spontaneous generation, making a mouse was even easier. You just needed two ingredients.Read more.

17th-century scorpion recipe: Carve an indentation in a brick, fill it with basil, cover the hole with another brick and place it in the sun.
 
In a matter of days, “fumes from the basil, acting as a leavening agent, will have transformed the vegetable matter into veritable scorpions,” chemist Jean Baptiste van Helmont wrote.

According to the body of thinking known as spontaneous generation, making a mouse was even easier. You just needed two ingredients.

Read more.

08

Jul

Amazon rainforest once looked more like savannas of Africa than a jungleScientists have discovered man-made earthen trenches from a period before the Amazon rainforest grew into what it is today. What the trenches were used for remains a mystery.

Amazon rainforest once looked more like savannas of Africa than a jungle
Scientists have discovered man-made earthen trenches from a period before the Amazon rainforest grew into what it is today. What the trenches were used for remains a mystery.

Impressive wingspan: World’s largest flying bird was like nothing alive todayThe fossils belong to a new type of Pelagornithid, a family of birds that ruled the skies for over 10 million years but vanished for unknown reasons.

Impressive wingspan: World’s largest flying bird was like nothing alive today
The fossils belong to a new type of Pelagornithid, a family of birds that ruled the skies for over 10 million years but vanished for unknown reasons.