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Bridge Music in Poughkeepsie, New York

Bridge Music is the work of composer Joseph Bertolozzi, who recorded sounds of bridge surfaces (including the suspension ropes, railings, girders, and conduit) being hit with various mallets. The resulting 11-track album contains no sounds outside of what was recorded using the Mid-Hudson Bridge itself, a Hudson Valley suspension bridge in Poughkeepsie,...

Tue Sep 26, 2023 22:09
'Save Iraqi Culture' in Baghdad, Iraq

In 2010, a bizarre sculpture was unveiled in the Mansour district of Baghdad, Iraq. Designed by renowned sculptor Mohammed Ghani Hikmat, it depicts a muscular giant supporting a Sumerian-style cylinder seal, which is broken at the base and toppling, using all his five arms. When deciphered, the cuneiform on the cylinder seal reads "writing began...

Tue Sep 26, 2023 19:39
Monster Wrestling And Other Weird, Wonderful Sports from Around the World

Surrounded by the wide open plains of eastern South Dakota, locals from the tiny town of Clark gather every year in early August for a spud celebration. The “Potato Days” tradition has persevered since 1992, eventually featuring the Little Miss and Mister Tater Tot Pageant, potato decorating, and most famously, instant mashed potato wrestling. On...

Tue Sep 26, 2023 19:08
How Cults and Religious Groups Forever Changed American Food

From the Shakers—a 19th-century bunch of dissenting Quakers who made a mean lemon pie—to the Source Family—a 1970s Californian hippie cult with a celebrity-favorite vegetarian restaurant—to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS)—whose members abstain from alcohol but fully endorse indulging one’s sweet tooth—religious groups have been...

Tue Sep 26, 2023 18:28
Mahō Jinja (Magical Shrine) in Soja, Japan

In Japanese, the word mahō means “magic” and typically refers to the Western concept of wizardry and witchcraft, as opposed to such words as majinai or jujutsu which are reserved for the more traditional, divination-or curse-based sorcery. So while the unusual name of Mahō Jinja in the city of Sōja translates to “magical shrine,” it is not actually...

Tue Sep 26, 2023 17:07
The Kakhovka Dam Disaster Revealed an Archaeological 'Goldmine'

On June 29, a local man was walking along the beach on the island of Khortytsia, in the southeastern Ukrainian city of Zaporizhzhia, when he noticed what looked like a log half submerged in water. When he approached, he realized the log was part of a boat, one that was possibly centuries old. The man called wardens at the Khortytsia National Reserve,...

Tue Sep 26, 2023 16:36

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