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It turns out that fingerboards weren't just a passing elementary school fad, and Mike Schneider is proof. We sat down with the 23-year-old owner of Flatface Fingerboards to check out his skills, fans and custom made boards. Nice finger flip Mike!

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As one of the oldest ballparks in the major leagues, Wrigley Field is a love letter to baseball’s beginnings, straight down to its original, hand-operated scoreboard. For the past 26 years, the man keeping score behind the board is Darryl Wilson, a lifelong Chicago Cubs fan. Atop the scorebo…

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If you’re in the mood for some Truffle Shuffle or Foxy Brown ice cream, there’s only one place to go: Mikey Likes It Ice Cream. Michael “Mikey” Cole opened his pop culture-inspired shop down the street from where he grew up. Following a six-month stint in jail, Cole looked for an opportunity…

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Lisa Frank's signature aesthetic--rainbows, unicorns, puppies--defined childhood for kids in the '90s. But as her empire grew, Lisa Frank withdrew. Until now. See what life is like as Queen of the Rainbows.

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For more than 300 years, the world’s rarest pasta recipe and its intricate shaping technique have been passed down by generations of women in one Sardinian family. Today there are only a few women on the planet, including Paola Abraini, who know how to make “su filindeu.” The thread-like pas…

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When Andrés Ruzo was a boy, his grandfather would tell him tales of a mythical city of gold deep in the heart of the Peruvian jungle. Though never believing the stories to be true, the legend of the lost city stuck with him into adulthood. Years later, as a geothermal scientist, Ruzo decided…

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Every day, Kim Ok Ja dons a wetsuit and snorkel, grabs a fishing spear and a net, and dives into the Pacific Ocean to hunt for conch and sea life that her family can eat or sell. She is 78 years old and shows no sign of slowing down. Based on the Korean island of Jeju, she is one of a dwindl…

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In a Chinese village of 300 people, 51-year-old Lin Fagan continues a centuries-old tradition of making noodles by hand. But these aren’t just any noodles—these thread-thin suo noodles measure nine feet in length and take 16 hours to produce. Fagan and his wife make them every day, but with …

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Most of us town-and-city dwellers spend our days pounding hard, paved ground. But in Giethoorn, Holland, residents float through canals. Built without roads, a series of waterways and bridges connect the town’s 2,400 residents. This incredible aquatic infrastructure has even earned the town …

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Consider the humble potato. Many of us take the starchy tuber for granted. But not Julio Hancco Mamani. That’s because deep in the Andes mountains, in the Cusco region of Peru, this “Potato King” is continuing a family legacy by cultivating more than 400 native varieties of the crop. But he’…

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What happens when a crime scene is dozens of feet underwater? You call Mike Berry. The life of an underwater criminal investigator is far from glamorous, but this gig is pretty badass—and extremely rewarding.

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It’s hard to fathom how magnificent castles were built centuries ago. One group set out to understand just that by building their own masterpiece two hours outside of Paris. Tucked away in a forest, a team of master builders and archeologists are attempting to construct Guédelon, a castle fr…

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Hula is a dance of illusions. Behind the grace and the sway there is grit, athleticism, and a knee-breaking, blister-inducing effort to leave everything you have on the dance floor. Every year, the best compete at the Merrie Monarch Festival, the world’s most prestigious hula competition. Ka…

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In Japan, there's a specialty fruit craze sweeping the nation, from square watermelons to grapes the size of Ping-Pong balls. Still, the crown jewel of the luxury fruit basket is the white strawberry, bred to be a whole lot bigger and a whole lot sweeter than its classic red counterpart. We …

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The probability of completing a perfect NCAA tournament bracket is less than the combined odds of landing a hole-in-one, winning the Powerball and being struck by lightning multiple times. So how did Sam Holtz, the 2015 winner of ESPN's March Madness Bracket Challenge, beat out almost 12 mil…

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Forget lowrider bikes, the O.G. bicyclists rode high atop penny farthings. These old-school bikes with on oversized front wheel require excellent balance, and are still raced by cyclists today. We spoke with a penny farthing champion about the danger and delight of racing one of these throwb…

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America's movie and film archive is located in an underground bunker in Culpepper, Virginia. The bunker was originally a gold storage unit that doubled as a fallout shelter for the U.S. president and his cabinet during the Cold War. Today, the Library of Congress stores all manner of film he…

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What happens when a horror movie composer and a guitar maker join forces? They create the world’s most disturbing musical instrument. Affectionately known as "The Apprehension Engine," this one-of-a-kind instrument was commissioned by movie composer Mark Korven. Korven wanted to create spook…

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In Hollywood, everything is magic and make-believe, even sounds. When you watch a film that immerses you completely in its world, you’re probably hearing the work of sound artists. If the work is done right, you won’t be able to tell that the “natural” sounds on screen are manufactured with …

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Anthony Howe creates the world's most mesmerizing kinetic sculptures. His wind-powered, curved-metal designs tower up to 25 feet high, and are on display in public spaces around the world. Take a break from reality as you stare at Howe's artwork and prepare to be transfixed.

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Katie Cooke is a 20-year-old competitive runner from Dublin. Due to an aggressive form of epilepsy, she experiences up to 14 seizures a day. Despite her condition, Cooke hasn’t let anything stand in the way of her love for running. With the help of her neurologist, who doubles as her running…

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At the New York Public Library, you can call a librarian who will answer any researchable question you might have. The help-line has been around for over 40 years, and to this day it receives more than 30,000 calls a year. Need to know the color of an arctic fox's eyes? Ever wonder if there …

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Actor Anthony Carrigan has been in some of your favorite T.V. shows, and it's usually as a villain. Carrigan has alopecia, an autoimmune disorder that causes hair loss. Though he said losing his hair was terrifying, it's taught him to accept himself and be authentic, and that's what it takes…

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John Collins, the “Paper Airplane Guy,” studied origami and aerodynamics in a quest to design the world's most sophisticated paper projectiles. His record-breaking plane flew 226 feet. To Collins, paper airplanes aren't just for making a ruckus in class, they can teach us a lot about science…

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Bruce Campbell lives in an airplane. Yes, an actual jet. The Portland-based aeronautics enthusiast makes his home in a converted Boeing 727 that was once used as a Greek aircraft until the mid-1960s and now resides in a forest near Portland.

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Turns out, your old cash has a very green afterlife. When money gets too old and worn out for circulation, it gets sent back to the Federal Reserve to be shred and turned into … compost? Yep. Million-dollar compost. Money may not grow on trees, but trees can grow from money.

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Got a tight 80 seconds to spare? It’s all the time you need to fly commercial across the Orkney Islands. The word’s shortest nonstop flight is a tiny hop between the islands of Westray and Papa Westray in the United Kingdom, a mere 1.7 miles (2.7 km) apart. For the past 50 years, Scottish ai…

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You know his voice from your favorite ‘90s cartoons; he gave life to Pinky from “Pinky and the Brain,” Yakko from “Animaniacs,” and even Raphael in the original “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” series. His name? Rob Paulsen. Meet the voice actor who helped make the ‘90s zany to the max.

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Haruo Nakajima is perhaps Japan’s most famous actor, but you wouldn’t necessarily recognize his face. That’s because from 1954 to 1972, he was the man inside the Godzilla costume for 12 consecutive films. At 87 years old, many now consider Nakajima among the most iconic suit actors in film h…

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When he was 11 months old, Wade McCrae Washington was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. He also has severe scoliosis and was told by doctors that he wouldn't live past 10 years old. But Washington was determined to overcome these challenges, and he took up weightlifting. He's now 45, and recent…

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Remember the childhood hours of fun spent blasting your friends with neon-tinged water cannons? You can thank a NASA scientist for that. In 1982, Lonnie Johnson designed the Super Soaker. But that wasn't Johnson's only invention. The award-winning scientist came up with everything from the N…

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Faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, cooler than a cucumber in a bowl of hot sauce, it’s Piper the Aviation Bird Dog, ready for duty. Alongside his handler Brian Edwards, the dynamic duo protects the planes at Cherry Capital Airport from bird strikes. Birds can pos…

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Remember Officer Clemmons, the policeman from "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood?" Actor Francois Clemmons was initially reluctant to take the role. Growing up in the late '60s, Clemmons didn't have a positive opinion of the cops at the time. But Fred Rogers convinced him, and Clemmons became one …

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Tug of war is a real sport. And it’s hard. Once upon of time it was an official Olympic event, before it got cut for budget reasons. Today, a dedicated group of athletes still train and compete in the gritty sport on a global level. This isn’t the tug of war of your summer camp days.

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You know Anonymous, the hacktivist group that performs cyber ops to advance social and political change. Now, meet Jay Leiderman, the California-based lawyer who represents Anonymous, pro bono. Leiderman specializes in cyber law and he’s become the go-to resource for cyber protestors. Armed …

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Dippin’ Dots—they're an amusement park, zoo, aquarium and overall summertime staple. The mini balls of ice cream that melt in your mouth are also a childhood favorite. But where did the “ice cream of the future” come from? The answer has a little something to do with cow feed.

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In 1904, athletes competing at the St. Louis marathon suffered through the race from hell. During a particularly sweltering day, runners were thrust into an event of catastrophic proportions, involving dysentery, drugs and rotten apples. Out of the 32 athletes that competed, only 14 made it …

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Everything in Elizabeth Sweetheart’s life is green. From her bright green hair, to her self-dyed green overalls, the New York City artist has earned her moniker, “the Green Lady.” Elizabeth was inspired to wear green after an emotional trip to Florida with her father. Today, she continues to…