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A portion of Hong Kong's Central–Mid-Levels Escalator

The Central–Mid-Levels Escalator

Hong Kong’s moving landmark

Hong Kong has excellent public transit, but many people make their daily commutes on the world's longest outdoor covered escalator.
A coffin borne by pallbearers

Planning Your Own Funeral

Having the last laugh first

Even if you're not expecting to die any time soon, preparing your own funeral in advance can be a lot of fun. Plus, you can arrange to have your ashes sent to Atlantis, or outer space, or made into jewelry for your kids.
A 1924 Doble Model E at the Henry Ford Museum

Doble Steam Cars

The steam engine’s last stand

Forget electric cars, hybrids, and diesel engines that use vegetable oil. A century ago, a handful of enthusiasts still thought steam was the last word in auto engines.
Aerial view of Jungfrau Park

Mystery Park

The theme park that aliens built

An unusual theme park near Interlaken, Switzerland was designed around exhibits showcasing author Erich von Däniken's theory that aliens brought advanced technology to Earth thousands of years ago.
A shrine to Deolinda Correa

The Legend of Deolinda Correa

Unofficial saint of the desert

An unofficial saint in Argentina, Deolinda Correa is honored with shrines all over the country. As legend has it, she was able to keep her newborn son alive even after she died.
A silent disco

Quiet Parties

Silent night out on the town

A night out on the town with friends doesn't have to mean a headache and a sore throat from yelling over the din at a noisy bar or club. You can get all the interaction, but without the noise, if you know where to go.
The East Indiaman Götheborg

The Swedish Ship Götheborg

Rebuilding history

A Swedish trading ship that sank in 1745 was recently rebuilt and has once again sailed to China. Although the new ship makes some concessions to modern shipbuilding requirements, it remains true to the spirit of the original.
Personal space diagram


The study of personal space

If you've ever had the feeling that others are standing a bit too close to you, you're not alone. Each individual and culture has different notions of what distances are appropriate for certain kinds of interactions, and mismatches can be uncomfortable.
A lost-and-found box

Online Lost-and-Found Services

A better way to get your stuff back?

If you lose your luggage, wallet, keys, glasses, or phone, you might try checking at the nearest lost-and-found department. Better yet: open a web browser.
Silhouettes of people dancing


Getting grown-ups back into their bodies

When adults forget how to play, this program can help to remind them what it's like to have fun in some of the most basic human ways.

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