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The wreck first appeared on the state’s sandy shores in 1958.

Read on for our roundup of the resurrected fortresses’ fascinating histories.

The pieces of pigment were discovered on opposite sides of the ancient lake in North Yorkshire. #NationalCrayonDay 

After days of being cooped up inside, members of the public proved more than willing to accept the challenge.

Spider enthusiast and Museums Victoria researcher Joseph Schubert has just named seven new species of peacock spider, bringing the tally to 86 species in total.

In these crafters’ scarves and blankets, rows of color correspond with daily temperature.

The last British monarch to reign over the American colonies had a collection of more than 55,000 maps, each with their own story to tell.

The Internet Archive describes the downloadable collection of more than one million books as a library, but critics call it piracy.

The taboo on booger hunting stretches back centuries, reveals a book recently digitized by the British Library.

A newly minted celebrity to the world, the future president used his position to procure his preferred beast of burden from the king of Spain.


‘Lennon Walls’ have spread throughout Hong Kong and the world as a form of public protest and free expression.

These spaces, which locals call “Lennon Walls,” have sprung up on buildings, walkways, sky bridges, underpasses and storefronts and carry messages like “Hong Kongers love freedom,” “garbage government” and “We demand real universal suffrage.”

How journalists covered the rise of Mussolini and Hitler.

For some, the Ghent Altarpiece’s most haunting attribute may be one only recently revealed by restoration: the alarmingly humanoid face that once adorned the painting’s central sacrificial lamb.

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 poetry of Langston Hughes, born on this day in 1902, influenced King’s sermons on a fundamental level and helped give rise to the preacher's most lasting line.

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