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Population Density Nightmare: Kowloon Walled City

Originally built as a Chinese military fort, the Kowloon Walled City became a residential enclave after the New Territories were released to Britain in 1898. The population boom occurred after World War II, when the Japanese occupation drove prostitution, gambling, and drug use out of downtown Hong Kong and into Kowloon. In 1987, its population numbered 33,000 within its 6.5-acre borders. Read more…

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The Voynich Manuscript: World’s Most Mysterious Document?

Ever wonder what holds the title as “world’s most mysterious manuscript?” How about one written in the early 15th century comprising 240 pages – complete with illustrations – in a piece by an unknown author in an unknown language? Sound interesting? We thought so too, so we had to find out more. Read more…

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