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France Wouldn't Loan This to Queen in 1953. Now, a Change
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 08:21:01 CST
As the story goes, before Queen Elizabeth's 1953 coronation, Britain asked France if it might borrow the storied Bayeux Tapestry. The answer was no. Heinrich Himmler was also unsuccessful in transferring it to Nazi Germany. The 220-foot-long tapestry, which is on permanent display in Bayeux, France, has not left that...
Hole in French Village Means One Thing: Treasure Hunters
Sat, 13 Jan 2018 12:03:01 CST
As the story goes, in the small French village of Rennes-le-Château a priest named François-Bérenger Saunière managed to accumulate an unlikely sum of money, giving birth to a legend that he had found buried treasure. It was said that he himself buried what he didn't spend somewhere on the grounds...
9 Weirdest Words for Pot, Courtesy of Canadian Gov't
Sat, 13 Jan 2018 10:54:00 CST
Justin Trudeau has vowed to legalize marijuana across Canada by this July. CNN reported in December that there's one legislative obstacle left, and it explains that if the bill is indeed made law, the time to market should be much more rapid than in the US, as the country already...
What It's Like to Work in the Last Big Store in a Dying Mall
Sat, 06 Jan 2018 07:30:00 CST
To say the Shenango Valley Mall has seen better days would be an understatement. The Hermitage, Pa., mall used to offer the town's 16,000 residents a Sears, Macy's, and JC Penney. But in March, the first two closed, and smaller stores—Rue 21, GNC, a pizza place—followed. At...
After Their Spouses' High-Profile Deaths Came ... Love
Thu, 04 Jan 2018 07:41:00 CST
The memoirs were published to praise and, in both cases, posthumously. Paul Kalanithi's When Breath Becomes Air was released in 2016 and chronicled the 37-year-old's experience with lung cancer; the next year came The Bright Hour from Nina Riggs, a woman whose life was cut short by breast cancer at...
Reassembly of Shredded Stasi Files Hits a Snag
Thu, 04 Jan 2018 01:33:00 CST
"Sometimes, I got so engrossed that I forgot to go home," Elke Kinzel told Pacific Standard back in August. "How could one not get engrossed in such kind of work? It is like you have been given fragments of people's lives and are asked to tell their story in great...
To Dodge a Drinking Ban, They Built an Island
Tue, 02 Jan 2018 03:33:00 CST
Some islands are created by underwater volcanic eruptions . This one was the work of New Zealanders who wanted to drink outside without being fined by police. A group of Kiwis on the Coromandel Peninsula, where drinking alcoholic beverages outside in public places was banned over the New Year period, dodged...
How a Truck Driver Figured Out Complete Atomic Bomb Specs
Wed, 27 Dec 2017 15:50:00 CST
That a man who worked as a trucker made a 1,300-mile drive is perhaps unremarkable. But John Coster-Mullen's destination, and motivation for heading there, were unusual. As NPR reports, Coster-Mullen in 1993 decided he could capitalize on the looming 50th anniversary of the atomic bombs that fell on Hiroshima...
If You See This Sign in NYC, Ignore It
Wed, 27 Dec 2017 07:21:37 CST
If you're a New Yorker who is soothed by the sight of fallout shelter signs on the city's buildings in the face of an increasingly bombastic North Korea, bad news. The Cold War relics—at one time denoting the city's 18,000 fallout shelters, which were intended to provide a...

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