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    • How to Make Friends and Influence Gators

    • By: Cara Giaimo, Sarah Laskow
    • Narrated by: Mike DelGaudio
    • Length: 10 mins
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    Every day across the southeastern United States, people cross paths with alligators. This is especially true in the spring—when the weather warms up, the reptiles warm up, too, and wander around in search of food and mates. Just in spring 2017, alligators have been found on porches from Florida to South Carolina, sauntering across front lawns, and creating highway traffic jams. One showed up on a tennis court, and another visited a furniture store.

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    • The Surprisingly Stubborn Theory That Beethoven's Heartbeat Influenced His Music

    • By: Cara Giaimo
    • Narrated by: Mike DelGaudio
    • Length: 6 mins
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    For decades, doctors have been trying to use a few sonatas to diagnose the composer with cardiac arrhythmia.

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    • The 1976 Great American Horse Race Was Won by a Mule Named Lord Fauntleroy

    • By: Cara Giaimo
    • Narrated by: Mike DelGaudio
    • Length: 9 mins
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    On May 31st, 1976, about 200 well-muscled animals lined up in Frankfort, New York, ready for the race of a lifetime. Bred to perfection, there were Arabian stallions, arch-necked and strong-boned and favored to win by almost all observers and Icelandic ponies, famous for their smooth gait and Viking pedigree. There were the tall Irish thoroughbreds, and there were striking Appaloosas. And then there was Lord Fauntleroy the mule.

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    • Did 3 NASA Astronauts Really Hold a ‘Space Strike’ in 1973?

    • By: Cara Giaimo
    • Narrated by: Mike DelGaudio
    • Length: 10 mins
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    Digging into a legendary moment in the history of extraterrestrial labor.

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    • Leonardo da Vinci Designed a Nightmare Scuba Suit

    • By: Cara Giaimo
    • Narrated by: Mike DelGaudio
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    When we discuss da Vinci's prescient inventions, we often focus on the high-flying ones - his dreamy, if literally unflappable, bird-shaped ornithopter, or his "aerial screw," which has spun into the modern helicopter. But the polymath's imagination also dove deep. Although it's unclear precisely when da Vinci came up with his diving suit, evidence suggests he envisioned it as a military technology, potentially meant to help the Republic of Venice beat the much stronger Ottoman navy.

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    • An Earthquake Early-Warning App Just Went Rogue and Terrified Tokyo

    • By: Cara Giaimo
    • Narrated by: Mike DelGaudio
    • Length: 1 min
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    Billions of citizens worldwide rely on disaster apps, which provide quick and concise warnings about fires, floods, and earthquakes. These programs can save lives, warning people out of dangerous areas and helping connect communities during frantic times. You probably have one or two running in the background right now, just in case.

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    • A Self-Assured Swedish Cat Just Came Home After Nine Years Away

    • By: Cara Giaimo
    • Narrated by: Mike DelGaudio
    • Length: 1 min
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    In 2008, Jack Norheim’s cat, Ernst, left their home in Skellefteå, Sweden, and failed to return.

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    • The Rise and Fall of Fruitopia, the Trippiest Beverage of the '90s

    • By: Cara Giaimo
    • Narrated by: Mike DelGaudio
    • Length: 9 mins
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    If you were exposed to Fruitopia as a youth, chances are that you remember it vividly. The drink, withits day-glo colors and funny flavor names, was somehow both adult-approved and delicious.

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    • The Long, Sweet Love Affair Between Cops and Doughnuts

    • By: Cara Giaimo
    • Narrated by: Mike DelGaudio
    • Length: 9 mins
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    A cowboy needs a horse, a fireman needs a Dalmatian, and a doctor needs a stethoscope. But why does a cop need a doughnut?

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    • How to Tell If a Lion Is Happy

    • By: Cara Giaimo
    • Narrated by: Mike DelGaudio
    • Length: 5 mins
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    The Philadelphia Zoo is pretty small. Over the past couple of years, to help some of its residents stretch out a bit, the zoo has started installing what they call an "animal exploration trail system" - a network of corridors and tubes that critters can use to crawl, swing, and stroll between enclosures. Visitors, naturally, love it - they can watch monkeys strut and skitter above their heads.

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    • French Cornfields Are Full of Cannibal Hamsters

    • By: Cara Giaimo
    • Narrated by: Mike DelGaudio
    • Length: 2 mins
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    A limited diet has made the cute creatures desperate.

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    • You Can Again Dine at the KGB's Favorite Restaurant

    • By: Cara Giaimo
    • Narrated by: Mike DelGaudio
    • Length: 2 mins
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    In Soviet Moscow, if you wanted to eat chicken, drink wine — and, possibly, recruit a fellow KGB member — Aragvi, a Georgian restaurant in the heart of the city, was the place to go.

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    • Why Are Rats Always the Bad Guys?

    • By: Cara Giaimo
    • Narrated by: Mike DelGaudio
    • Length: 7 mins
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    And mice always heroes? Experts trace the history of typecasting rodents.

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    • The Long, Weird Half-Life of Trinitite

    • By: Cara Giaimo
    • Narrated by: Fleet Cooper
    • Length: 8 mins
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    The synthetic material—forged in the blast of the first nuclear bomb test—has been buried, sold, collected, displayed, and even made into jewelry.

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    • Why Are Penguins’ Sex Lives So Scandalous?

    • By: Cara Giaimo
    • Narrated by: Mike DelGaudio
    • Length: 6 mins
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    Since the early 1900s, these adorable birds have been too freaky for us to handle.

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    • Feral Bunnies Are Taking Over Las Vegas

    • By: Cara Giaimo
    • Narrated by: Mike DelGaudio
    • Length: 6 mins
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    They've overrun yards, state parks, and even a mental health facility — and no one knows what to do with them.

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    • One of the Earliest Industrial Spies Was a French Missionary Stationed in China

    • By: Cara Giaimo
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    Plenty of today’s technological arms races involve an element of industrial espionage. An executive from Uber has been accused of stealing autonomous car-related data from his old employer, Google. Just this month, the same company was accused of using hidden tracking software to keep tabs on their chief ride-hailing rival, Lyft. And China is trying to partner with the European Union on a suite of new moon bases partly because they can’t work on scientific projects with the United States.

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    • The Surprising Massachusetts Origins of Nearly Every American Sport

    • By: Cara Giaimo
    • Narrated by: Mike DelGaudio
    • Length: 4 mins
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    In 2004, a historian named John Thorn sent the librarians of Pittsfield, Massachusetts on a strangequest. Deep in the archives, they flipped through reams of 18th century bylaws, newsletters, andmeeting transcripts. They were looking for any mention of baseball - decades before it was thought tohave existed, in a state far from where it was supposedly born.

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    • The 1980s Crime Ring That Poisoned Japan's Candy and Never Got Caught

    • By: Cara Giaimo
    • Narrated by: Mike DelGaudio
    • Length: 11 mins
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    The "Mystery Man with 21 Faces" mocked the police ruthlessly and stocked Japan's supermarkets with cyanide-filled candy. To this day, no one knows who they were.

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    • Why Are People Seeing Red Over Spaghetti Bolognese?

    • By: Cara Giaimo
    • Narrated by: Jamie Renell
    • Length: 9 mins
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    A long war over the dish's authenticity may be reaching its peak.

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