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Become a professional Cat Cuddler in Ireland

<b>A feline clinic in Dublin has published a full-time job listing for cat cuddlers.</b><p>Are you a crazy cat person who loves cats? Have you counted kittens …

Horatio Nelson’s Grog Chest Just Sold for $95,000

Also, what is grog?<p>Yesterday, the auction company Sotheby’s sold a small chest for a big price: £68,750, which comes out to a little more than …

115 Years Ago, This Arctic Expedition Ended in Disaster

On the 130th anniversary of National Geographic’s founding, see what happened during an attempt to reach the North Pole.<p>Pacing sled dogs, bundled explorers, and meandering ice floes could be scenes from any early Arctic expedition. But the 23 minutes of footage captured near the North Pole 116 …

Found: Scraps of a Book From the Wreck of Blackbeard’s Flagship

Apparently pirates spent some of their free time reading about sea voyages.<p>There’s a certain subset of material that survives on most wooden …

Archaeology

16 of the Strangest Unsolved Mysteries of All Time

Photo: Shutterstock<p>1. The Incident at Dyatlov Pass<p>On the first night of February 1959, nine ski-hikers died mysteriously in the mountains of what is …

Paranormal

Railway Express - Trains & Trams — kingxen: Photo http://ift.tt/1IhvTuK

Bourtzi

This 15th-century island fortress later served as home to the executioners no one wanted to live near.<p>An executioner’s life is not an easy one. The …

Ghostly 117-year-old shipwreck briefly emerges for first time on sonar

A ghostly shipwreck has been discovered on the estuary bed after it sank on Christmas Eve 117 years ago.<p>Lodged in the sands of the Severn Estuary, the remains of the boat were captured by sonar imagining for the first time.<p>It is thought to be cargo vessel The Brunswick, which overturned in deep fog …

Tadao Ando embeds open-air prayer hall around massive 15-year-old Buddha statue

Japanese architect Tadao Ando‘s amazing work usually impresses, but his latest project is particularly breathtaking. Charged with creating a more …

This Is How Wales Really Got Its Name

Castaways: 5 remarkable shipwreck stories from history

They married into Hawaiian royalty, survived on a diet of sea elephants and were driven to dance with goats. Siân Rees relates the extraordinary …

Miscellaneous Globes

Random and miscellaneous globe items:Roy Frederic Heinrich, illustration of James Wilson, n.d. Library of Congress.James Wilson was America’s first …

artisanal

A map of ships buried under San Francisco Financial District

Much of San Francisco's Financial District used to be Yerba Buena Cove, where Gold Rush ships were abandoned in such numbers that many just rotted …

San Francisco

A school bus in northern Maine, 1930

Maine

When Theodore Roosevelt Tried to Reform the English Language

A number of famous names have been involved in reforming the English spelling system over the centuries, but probably one of the most unexpected …

Mark Twain

Stunning Highlights from the 2016 International Aquatic Plants Layout Contest | Colossal

<p>Since the 1990s, an intrepid group of aquascaping artists have gradually raised the bar of what’s possible with the design of a traditional …

China

This Wacky World Map Just Won Japan's Biggest Design Award

The centuries-old Mercator projection is a notoriously inaccurate world map. For one thing, Greenland isn’t the massive land mass as shown on the …

Intricate Mandalas Gilded with Gold by Artist Asmahan A. Mosleh | Colossal

<p>UK-based artist Asmahan A. Mosleh spends 8 to 54 hours on a single mandala, publishing photos of her intricate works on her Instagram, …

Painting

A massive Celtic cross made out of thousands of trees has secretly sprouted up in an Irish forest

Passengers flying over Ireland’s County Donegal have been struck by a curious formation in the treetops, posting their findings to social media and …

Republic of Ireland

8 of the oldest forests in the world

<b>With trees dating as far back as Stonehenge and the Egyptian pyramids, these majestic old forests are living shrines to the ancient past.</b><p>I love …

Forests

Self-sufficient Scottish island for sale; comes with broadband and post office

<b>The 760-acre getaway is complete with a stone schoolhouse and 9 traditional cottages all for $2.3 million (or in three cheaper lots).</b><p>Stop the …

The Incredibly Lucky Woman Who Survived Three Shipwrecks: The Titanic, the Britannic, and the Olympic!

Violet Jessop was an ocean liner stewardess and nurse who is known for surviving the disastrous sinkings of both the RMS <i>Titanic</i> and her sister ship, …

Shipwrecks

7 Abandoned Hospitals From Around the World

Of the wide variety of abandoned buildings, perhaps none are as eerie as deserted hospitals. Whether it’s old military hospitals once filled with …

A Mesmerizing Glow-in-the-Dark Bike Path Unveiled in Poland | Colossal

<p>Seeking to make bike paths safer and more accessible in the evening and night hours, urban planners in Lidzbark Warminski, Poland just unveiled a …

Particles

Floating bridge transforms a crumbling historic Boston bridge into a moving event space

Paul Lukez Architecture proposes addressing a historic Boston bridge that has fallen into disrepair by transforming it into a modern architectural …

Statistics Show Firefly is the Most Beloved Short-Lived Series

Priceonomics has ranked the most-popular cult TV shows, based on their IMDB scores. Across the board, Joss Whedon’s space western <i>Firefly</i> took the …

Stunning Then-and-Now Photos Show How Much 20 Popular City Skylines Have Changed Over Decades

The speed in which the world changes is incredible. Dubai for example has grown from a desert into a city in just 20 years, becoming the most …

United Arab Emirates

Man Makes Adorable Tiny Pancakes for Adorable Tiny Kitten

When your partner goes out of town, sometimes you just need some special one-on-one with your pets. At least that was the case for Chase Stout, whose …

New York Times