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Mutilated Money? This Place Will Give You a Fresh Stack –

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Let’s set the scene: you’ve just discovered your pup chewed away at your entire life savings. Or, last month’s rent was suddenly burned to a crisp after being left in the oven. Bizarre mistakes happen, but what can you do? Submit a claim over to the U.S. Department of Treasury …

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The Storytellers Reading to Cuba’s Cigar Factory Workers –

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Cuba is world-renowned for its cigars. But there’s a deeper story behind their creation. As per a tradition that started in 1865, storytellers, or “lectores,” stand at a platform reading to hundreds of cigar makers every day. Texts range from magazine articles and news stories to dramatic readings from works …

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This Chicken is Entirely Black, From Beak to Bone –

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With a heart as black as our souls, Indonesia’s Ayam Cemani are our new goth dream queens. Known for their distinct melanin pigment, these birds are entirely black, from their feathers all the way down to their organs and bones. Thought to be the bearer of good fortune and prosperity, …

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Living on the Most Crowded Island on Earth –

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Two hours off the coast of Colombia is a small island home to over 1,200 people. As the entirety of Santa Cruz del Islote only spans the length of two soccer fields, residents live in close quarters, making the island four times as dense as the borough of Manhattan. Despite …

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Inside the Mind of a Dog –

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Gregory Berns spent his entire life around dogs. So when his most beloved pet passed away, he began to wonder whether his dog reciprocated the same love and care he felt for him. As a neuroscientist at Emory University, he took his curiosity to the test. Now, he scans the …

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The Harvard of Santa Schools –

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What goes into becoming Saint Nick? It takes more than just a red suit and white beard to don the title of Santa Claus. Every year, those that want to perfect the art of being Santa travel to Midland, Michigan, to attend the world’s oldest and longest running Santa school. …

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The Michelangelo of Microsoft Excel –

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When Tatsuo Horiuchi retired, he decided to try his hand at art. But instead of spending money on paints and brushes, Horiuchi used what he already had pre-installed on his computer—Microsoft Excel. Now, the 77-year-old artist is creating remarkably intricate digital masterpieces of the Japanese landscape, all on the free …

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Why Is the ‘Mona Lisa’ So Famous? –

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What’s so great about the Mona Lisa? Sure, she’s got that smile, but what makes her *the most famous painting in the world*? Well, Mona’s got a wild past—one that involves larceny, false allegations, Napoleon Bonaparte and Pablo Picasso. Here’s the story of how the Renaissance darling reached the big …

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