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Geography Grapevine's Atlas History

Halfdan Was Here

How Viking graffiti made it to a church in Istanbul.

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Geography History

Paris’s Missing Skyline

Acrophobia in the city of lights.

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History Sports

Demonstration Sports

The organizers of the Tokyo Olympics added six new sports to the existing lineup. Let’s add some more.

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Design History Sports

Paint Me a Pictogram

There’s a lot more to the stick figure athletes representing Olympic events, a series of evolving images with a legacy of iconographic trailblazing, antifascism, and international accord.

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Europe’s Last Woman-Free Theocracy

Hakuna Matata

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The Bosnian’s New Pyramids

Historians and archaeologists say the oldest and largest ancient pyramids are in Egypt and Mexico. One Bosnian wizard says they’re wrong.

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Geography Grapevine's Atlas History

Fire Underfoot

Separated by 9,900 miles, two underground blazes still burn after 50 years.

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How Egyptian was Cleopatra?

Three hundred years of advanced incest, all for this.

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Grapevine's Atlas History Space

Saddam Hussein’s Canadian Super Gun

Gerald Bull wanted to use a very big gun to shoot a satellite into space. Saddam Hussein wanted a very big gun.

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JFK is not a Jelly Doughnut

What is a Berliner, anyway?