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2016Leaded gas was a known poison the day it was invented (smithsonianmag.com)
611 points | 2 years ago with 399 comments
2013Long before trees overtook the land, Earth was covered by prototaxites (smithsonianmag.com)
584 points across 2 posts | 1 year ago with 240 comments
2012Teller Reveals His Secrets (smithsonianmag.com)
487 points across 2 posts | 2 years ago with 3 comments
2016Giraffes Added to the Endangered Species List (smithsonianmag.com)
465 points | 6 years ago with 191 comments
2013For 40 Years, This Russian Family Was Cut Off from All Human Contact (smithsonianmag.com)
417 points across 2 posts | 4 years ago with 134 comments
2013A Russian Family Was Isolated for 40 Years, Unaware of WWII (smithsonianmag.com)
279 points | 7 years ago with 83 comments
2014A whale who tried to mimic human speech (smithsonianmag.com)
278 points | 3 years ago with 133 comments
2019Venus could have been habitable for billions of years (smithsonianmag.com)
243 points | 3 years ago with 229 comments
2014Forests around Chernobyl aren’t decaying properly (smithsonianmag.com)
239 points | 1 year ago with 158 comments
2013The Money Behind The Climate Denial Movement (smithsonianmag.com)
234 points | 4 years ago with 252 comments
2015Kudzu, the vine that never ate the south (smithsonianmag.com)
218 points across 2 posts | 1 year ago with 47 comments
2017Lost languages discovered in the oldest continuously run libraries (smithsonianmag.com)
201 points across 2 posts | 2 years ago with 79 comments
2018Laika, the space dog, and her one-way trip into orbit (smithsonianmag.com)
200 points | 1 year ago with 174 comments
2017The Koh-i-Noor diamond, and why the British won’t give it back (smithsonianmag.com)
191 points | 1 year ago with 297 comments
2013Bean leaves don’t let the bedbugs bite by using tiny, impaling spikes (smithsonianmag.com)
184 points | 1 year ago with 202 comments
2017How the 1918 Flu Spread Across America (smithsonianmag.com)
184 points | 4 years ago with 147 comments
2013The Science Behind Honey’s Eternal Shelf Life (smithsonianmag.com)
178 points | 8 years ago with 87 comments
2019Wealth as a predictor of whether an person pursues a creative profession (smithsonianmag.com)
173 points | 1 year ago with 172 comments
2013There Are Whales Alive Today Who Were Born Before Moby Dick Was Written (smithsonianmag.com)
163 points | 5 years ago with 99 comments
2013The tomato was feared in Europe for more than 200 years (smithsonianmag.com)
162 points | 2 years ago with 182 comments
2013WWII Propaganda Popularized Myth That Carrots Help You See in the Dark (smithsonianmag.com)
151 points | 7 years ago with 43 comments
2013In 1991, Congress authorized $650M to make driverless cars a reality (smithsonianmag.com)
150 points | 5 years ago with 71 comments
2016How You Wound Up Playing ‘The Oregon Trail’ in Computer Class (smithsonianmag.com)
147 points | 2 years ago with 97 comments
2008Airliner Repair, 24/7 Boeing’s traveling fix-it team (smithsonianmag.com)
146 points | 8 months ago with 96 comments
2013Documenting Aramaic before its native speakers vanish (smithsonianmag.com)
130 points | 1 year ago with 93 comments
2019A sorceress’ kit was discovered in the ashes of Pompeii (smithsonianmag.com)
128 points | 3 years ago with 83 comments
2018The Mind-Bending Math Behind Spot It (smithsonianmag.com)
128 points across 2 posts | 9 months ago with 21 comments
2013WWII Propaganda Popularized Myth That Carrots Help You See in the Dark (smithsonianmag.com)
124 points | 4 years ago with 84 comments
2017How does human echolocation work? (smithsonianmag.com)
122 points | 1 year ago with 53 comments
2012Musicians wage war against evil robots (smithsonianmag.com)
120 points | 1 year ago with 167 comments
2015Urine, Not Chlorine, Causes Red Eyes in Pools (smithsonianmag.com)
118 points | 5 years ago with 93 comments
2012Teller Reveals His Secrets (smithsonianmag.com)
117 points | 2 years ago with 68 comments
2013A Fossilized Blood-Engorged Mosquito Is Found for the First Time Ever (smithsonianmag.com)
112 points | 2 years ago with 65 comments
2016The Cassowary: World’s most dangerous bird (smithsonianmag.com)
111 points | 5 years ago with 45 comments
2005Native Intelligence (smithsonianmag.com)
110 points across 2 posts | 7 years ago with 2 comments
2014The Voyage of the Kon-Tiki Misled the World About Navigating the Pacific (smithsonianmag.com)
109 points | 5 years ago with 75 comments
2016Eight Secret Societies (smithsonianmag.com)
108 points | 1 year ago with 109 comments
2018A $10B Experimental City Nearly Got Built in Rural Minnesota (smithsonianmag.com)
108 points | 3 years ago with 133 comments
2018Bats in Portuguese Libraries (smithsonianmag.com)
107 points | 4 years ago with 26 comments
2018Why walking on Legos hurts more than walking on fire or ice (smithsonianmag.com)
101 points | 1 year ago with 99 comments
2013An insect that has the only mechanical gears ever found in nature (smithsonianmag.com)
100 points | 1 year ago with 21 comments
2008Gobekli Tepe: The World’s First Temple? (smithsonianmag.com)
99 points | 7 years ago with 43 comments
2018A variety of corn has evolved a way to make its own nitrogen (smithsonianmag.com)
98 points | 3 years ago with 86 comments
20171600s England Through the Eyes of One of the First Modern Travel Writers (smithsonianmag.com)
95 points | 5 years ago with 16 comments
2013A Neuroscientist Who Discovered He Was a Psychopath (smithsonianmag.com)
94 points | 5 years ago with 31 comments
2017Is China Ground Zero for a Future Pandemic? (smithsonianmag.com)
94 points | 4 years ago with 68 comments
2018Hitler’s Teeth Confirm He Died in 1945 (smithsonianmag.com)
89 points | 2 years ago with 91 comments
2019Susan Kare designed user-friendly icons for the first Macintosh (smithsonianmag.com)
89 points | 1 year ago with 19 comments
2013Where Did the Fear of Poisoned Halloween Candy Come From? (smithsonianmag.com)
87 points | 6 years ago with 63 comments
2011What the Luddites Really Fought Against (smithsonianmag.com)
82 points | 5 years ago with 50 comments
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