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Why Bigfoot and the ‘Abominable Snowman’ Loom Large in the Human Imagination

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Bud Jenkins and his wife were living on far reaches of the small town of Fort Bragg, California, just on the edge of a vast coastal redwood forest, when it happened. On February 7, 1962, Jenkins’s wife’s brother Robert Hatfield, a Crescent City logger, had stepped outside the house around......
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Divers Recover More Than 350 Artifacts From the HMS ‘Erebus’ Shipwreck | Science

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Braving water temperatures that dipped below freezing, divers spent nearly four weeks off the coast of Nunavut in northern Canada last summer exploring the HMS Erebus. The ship sank during the doomed Franklin Expedition of the 1840s, when British naval captain Sir John Franklin and his crew searched for the......
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The True History of the Aeronauts Who Transformed Our View of the World Above | History

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Near the beginning of the new film The Aeronauts, a giant gas-filled balloon called the “Mammoth” departs from London’s Vauxhall Gardens and ascends into the clouds, revealing a bird’s eye view of London. To some moviegoers, these breathtaking views might seem like nothing special: Modern air travel has made many......
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Did Francis Drake Really Land in California? | History

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Few sea voyages are as famous as that of the Golden Hind, privateer Francis Drake’s around-the-world voyage that ended with his arrival into England’s Plymouth harbor in 1580. Along with being a remarkable feat of seamanship, the world’s second circumnavigation, among other achievements, was the first to map large portions......
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Why Don’t People Smile in Old Photographs? And More Questions From Our Readers | At the Smithsonian

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Q: Why don’t people smile in old photographs? — Art Ross | Kingwood, Texas Although we tend to think the subjects had to hold their faces still for an uncomfortably long time, exposures from the early days of commercial photography only lasted about 5 to 15 seconds. The real reason......

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