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Constructed between the 12th and 14th centuries, Notre-Dame de Paris has centuries of French history built into its stone. The Gothic cathedral reflects the...

What It’s Like to Become a NASA Astronaut: 10 Surprising Facts

Being an astronaut is a tremendous commitment. Astronaut candidates — who tend to be selected in their 30s and 40s — usually leave prestigious...

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Since the United States has now been an independent country for more than 230 years, it might be hard for many Americans to remember...

When Dinosaurs Roamed North Dakota

On a blisteringly hot June day in the North Dakota Badlands, there are very few signs of life aside from birds, snakes and wandering livestock....

Facing the Bull: The Most Dangerous Eight Seconds in Sports

ON MAY 29, 2003, Mike Lee sat atop Chili, a nearly 1,700-pound (772-kilogram) bull at the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association's rodeo in Fort Smith, Arkansas....

Coloring the World Blue: The History of the Blue Man Group

Matt Goldman, Phil Stanton and Chris Wink are entrepreneurs who created and oversee a global enterprise that has brought joy to more than 17...

How Madame Tussaud built her house of wax

PARIS SEETHED WITH tension in the summer of 1789 as crisis engulfed France. Gripped with revolutionary fervor, the people were clamoring for a greater say...

The Origins of Chicago’s Green River, Shamrock Shakes and Other Surprising...

More than a millennium ago, a Catholic priest named Patrick died on March 17—or so the story goes. By the seventh century he was...

What countries have the longest life expectancies?

Okinawa, Japan, where hundreds of residents are over 100 years old, is often known as "the land of immortals." Last year, the number of...

10 Facts About the Independence of Texas From Mexico

The story of Texas’ independence from Mexico is a great one: it has determination, passion, and sacrifice. Still, some parts of it have been lost or...

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