Dang Interesting https://www.danginteresting.com/ Fascinating true stories from science, history, and psychology since 2005 Thu, 21 Mar 2024 20:38:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=6.5.4 A Trail Gone Cold https://www.danginteresting.com/a-trail-gone-cold/ https://www.danginteresting.com/a-trail-gone-cold/#comments Thu, 21 Mar 2024 12:50:03 +0000 https://www.danginteresting.com/?p=89336 A Trail Gone Cold:

Iceland is known to the rest of the world as the land of Vikings and volcanos, an island caught between continents at the extremities of the map. Remote and comparatively inhospitable, it was settled only as long ago as the 9th century, and has seen little additional in-migration since. Even today, more than 90 percent […]

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Breaking a Bit https://www.danginteresting.com/breaking-a-bit/ https://www.danginteresting.com/breaking-a-bit/#comments Mon, 04 Sep 2023 19:08:52 +0000 https://www.danginteresting.com/?p=86440 Breaking a Bit:

It’s been a busy summer, and the large shortfall in donations last month has been demoralizing, so we’re taking a week off to rest and recuperate. The curated links section will be (mostly) silent, and behind the scenes we’ll be taking a brief break from our usual researching, writing, editing, illustrating, narrating, sound designing, coding, […]

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Giving the Bird the Bird https://www.danginteresting.com/giving-the-bird-the-bird/ https://www.danginteresting.com/giving-the-bird-the-bird/#comments Mon, 07 Aug 2023 13:57:03 +0000 https://www.danginteresting.com/?p=85540 Giving the Bird the Bird:

We’re not going to post things on Twitter X anymore. The new owner keeps doing awful stuff. If you have enjoyed our mostly-daily curated links via the aforementioned collapsing service, we invite you to bookmark our curated links page, or follow us a number of other ways. Rather than linger any longer on this tedious […]

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Journey to the Invisible Planet https://www.danginteresting.com/journey-to-the-invisible-planet/ https://www.danginteresting.com/journey-to-the-invisible-planet/#comments Tue, 13 Jun 2023 08:05:31 +0000 https://www.danginteresting.com/?post_type=upcoming&p=83004 Journey to the Invisible Planet:

In the late 17th century, natural philosopher Isaac Newton was deeply uneasy with a new scientific theory that was gaining currency in Europe: universal gravitation. In correspondence with a scientific contemporary, Newton complained that it was “an absurdity” to suppose that “one body may act upon another at a distance through a vacuum.” The scientist […]

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From Where the Sun Now Stands https://www.danginteresting.com/from-where-the-sun-now-stands/ https://www.danginteresting.com/from-where-the-sun-now-stands/#comments Mon, 22 May 2023 12:09:41 +0000 https://www.danginteresting.com/?post_type=upcoming&p=81736 From Where the Sun Now Stands:

An American Indian man on horseback stood outlined against a steely sky past midday on 05 October 1877. Winter was already settling into the prairies of what would soon become the state of Montana. Five white men stood in the swaying grass on the other side of the field, watching the horse move closer. Four […]

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The Ancient Order of Bali https://www.danginteresting.com/the-ancient-order-of-bali/ https://www.danginteresting.com/the-ancient-order-of-bali/#comments Tue, 28 Mar 2023 11:37:22 +0000 https://www.danginteresting.com/?post_type=upcoming&p=80382 The Ancient Order of Bali:

In the 1970s, the Indonesian island of Bali went through a period of rapid change. Along the stunning beaches on the southern side of the island, tourism boomed. Parking lots were put up, together with swinging hot spots and hotels of various colours. Hip young travellers from North America, Europe, and Australasia had “discovered” the […]

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This is Dang Interesting https://www.danginteresting.com/this-is-dang-interesting/ https://www.danginteresting.com/this-is-dang-interesting/#comments Mon, 02 Jan 2023 15:26:28 +0000 https://www.danginteresting.com/?p=78091 This is Dang Interesting:

Happy New Year! This has nothing to do with the new year. We at this website know, reluctantly, that “d*mn” is not always a welcome word. Additionally, we are aware that we have a few articles sporting even saltier vocabularies (settle down, Colonel Sanders!). Countless school teachers have admonished us for our casual profanity, the […]

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Lofty Ambitions https://www.danginteresting.com/lofty-ambitions/ https://www.danginteresting.com/lofty-ambitions/#comments Wed, 14 Dec 2022 13:19:16 +0000 https://www.danginteresting.com/?post_type=upcoming&p=76662 Lofty Ambitions:

One summer day in 1933, in a brief pocket of time between the two World Wars, a British man named Maurice Wilson clutched the stick of his tiny, open air biplane and watched his fuel gauge dwindle. He had only learned to fly two months earlier, but inexperience was not his biggest problem. His lengthy […]

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The Rube’s Dilemma https://www.danginteresting.com/the-rubes-dilemma/ https://www.danginteresting.com/the-rubes-dilemma/#comments Fri, 28 Oct 2022 11:26:19 +0000 https://www.danginteresting.com/?post_type=upcoming&p=75689 The Rube’s Dilemma:

It all started with a hat. A straw boater, to be precise, with a flat, round brim and brightly colored ribbon tied around the crown. Originally popularized by gondoliers in Venice, this jaunty accessory had reached the height of American couture by the turn of the 20th century. The boater became not just a style, […]

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Devouring the Heart of Portugal https://www.danginteresting.com/devouring-the-heart-of-portugal/ https://www.danginteresting.com/devouring-the-heart-of-portugal/#comments Tue, 03 May 2022 12:10:23 +0000 https://www.danginteresting.com/?post_type=upcoming&p=69315 Devouring the Heart of Portugal:

On the morning of Thursday, 04 December 1924, a tall and well-dressed Dutch trader named Karel Marang strolled along Great Winchester Street in the City of London, among the bustling crowds of bankers and brokers of the business district, unaware that the parcel he carried held the power to upend an entire nation. The nation […]

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