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Volcanic deposits found at Pompeii could yield insights on Vesuvius' future. #VesuviusDay 

Cloaked in white dust and surrounded by expansive plains, the town of Lightning Ridge produces the bulk of the world’s precious black opal.

It may be #NationalPeachPieDay , but let's face the facts, Americans really love their apple pie.

If someone from medieval Europe saw a modern waffle, they might not be shocked–but they might also think it was really boring. #NationalWaffleDay 

Today, the ancient geological site is covered with a verdant woodland known as Posbury Clump.

When Pluto was voted out of the planetary family in 2006, textbooks were rewritten, solar system models were remade—and the public was outraged. #PlutoDemotedDay 

The man's limb appears to have been removed by blunt force trauma and a knife was later secured in its stead. #NationalKnifeDay 

OTD in 1814, British troops set fire to the American capital; flames shot into the sky from the destroyed U.S. Capitol building.


How journalists covered the rise of Mussolini and Hitler.

There are whales alive today who were born before "Moby Dick" was written.

A new discovery from the University of Florida reveals a real-life planet actually clocking in at coordinates eerily reminiscent of the fictional M-Class planet.

The publication taught its readers how to be healthy skeptics—a lesson that media consumers need more today than ever. #InternationalJokeDay 

Esanbe Hanakita Kojima, as the island is called, may have been eroded by wind and ice floes.

At midnight on New Year’s Eve, all works first published in the United States in 1923 will enter the public domain. It has been 21 years since the last mass expiration of copyright in the U.S.

“If you’re discarding a bra you can cut the clasps off and send them to us we use them for turtle shell repair.”

Although she’s often overshadowed by her husband, Frederick Douglass, Anna Murray Douglass made his work possible.

The "Clotilda," the last known slave ship to arrive in the U.S., is found.

One climate crisis disaster occurs every week, U.N. official warns.