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How the Shackleton Expedition Survived an Antarctic Winter on Floating Ice

How the Shackleton Expedition Survived an Antarctic Winter on Floating Ice Let’s say you’re looking for a job, and you come across this gem online. “Small wages, bitter cold, long months of complete darkness, constant danger. Safe return doubtful.” Chances are, you’d pass it up. But in 1914, 28 intrepid adventurers eagerly signed up for […]

Curiosity Design

What Was the First Internet Meme?

What Was the First Internet Meme? Today’s internet is a churning sea of funny images, remixes of those images, parodies of those remixes of those images, and cat videos. But before there was the Y U NO Guy or the Ermagerd girl, there was an animation that would come to change the internet forever. It was called Baby […]

Curiosity Flash Food & Culutre World

No, Ben Franklin Didn’t Want to Make the Turkey the National Bird

No, Ben Franklin Didn’t Want to Make the Turkey the National Bird There’s a story that starts circulating through the United States every Thanksgiving, around the time that somebody starts carving into the main event. “You know, Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey to be the national bird, not the bald eagle!” Then everybody laughs, gorges […]

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Boost Your Health With Japanese “Forest Bathing”

Sometimes, you really just need a breath of fresh forest air. No, seriously — the practice of Japanese forest bathing, or shinrin-yoku, has been scientifically proven to reduce stress and strengthen your immune system. Its therapeutic effects have officially been celebrated since 1982, but the appreciation of immersing yourself in nature has been going on for centuries. Soak […]