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Gross National Happiness

What can we learn from the “world’s happiest country”?

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Geography History

No Man’s Land

There’s a territory between Egypt and Sudan that no one wants. Can I have it?

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Geography History

Death from Below

What killed 1,746 people at a Cameroonian lake in 1986?

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Geography History Language

Ye Olde Thorn

How one forgotten letter (barely) changed the English language forever.

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Geography

China’s Counterfeit Cities

China has a reputation for producing counterfeit technology, fashion, and Starbucks. Then there’s fake Paris.

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Geography History

844,000 Feet Under the Sea

A brief history of the Dutch pastime of telling the ocean to fuck off.

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Catalonia’s Coprophilic Christmas

When it comes to the holiday season, Catalonia is fun, festive, and full of shit.

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Geography History

Minnesota’s Flag is Bad. Let’s Change it.

Minnesota’s state flag is bad. It’s simultaneously unremarkable and cluttered, ridiculously complex and altogether unrecognizable. It’s an unwanted china plate on a blue tablecloth, a design well-known to all the flagbois out there as the “seal on a bedsheet”, a design schema shared by 25 state flags all proudly flown by no one. Above all, […]

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Geography Politics

A Tale of Two States

On November 2nd, 1889, Benjamin Harrison, ranked #30 in C-SPAN’s ranking of US Presidents, probably sneered as he drove a knife into the heart of Dakota Territory, dividing it forever along an East-West meridian. When he signed the documents formally creating two new states, the President famously (and cutely) shuffled them, preventing onlookers from knowing […]