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Phineas Gage

Medical Firsts: The Story of Phineas Gage

The year was 1848, and 25-year-old Phineas Gage was earning wages as a railroad worker in Vermont. His task was to blast rock to...

Turkmenistan’s Door to Hell

Turkmenistan is seventy percent desert – the Karakum Desert, to be exact. The nation is divided into five provinces, the second largest being the...

Bagger 293: Biggest Vehicle in the World

Exactly how big does a land-based vehicle need to be to qualify for the Guinness Book of World Records as largest in the world?...
Eagle Mountain

Eagle Mountain, CA: From Boom to Bust to Boom to Bust

The United States has many ghost towns scattered throughout the West. Most have the same story: A deposit of some precious metal is discovered,...
Empire Nevada

Empire: Abandoned Company Town of Nevada

A company town is a town where all property and services are owned by the employer. For an employer who plies its trade in...

Hottest Inhabited Place on Earth: Dallol, Ethiopia

The Afar Region of Africa, named for the people who call it home, encompasses Djibouti, Eritrea, and the northeast corner of Ethiopia. A notable...