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Why Do Shoes Containing Severed Feet Keep Washing Up On Pacific Northwest Beaches?

Video Source: CTV Vancouver Island via The Washington Post

Since 2007, 16 severed human feet, still in their shoes, have washed up on the shores of the Pacific Northwest. There have been some men, some women, and various ages and sizes. The facts can get more specific than that if you want them to (five men, one woman, three New Balances, two Nikes), but it doesn’t change the fact that, that’s effectively all we know.

Earlier this week, on Vancouver Island, foot number 16 was found. This time, it was a running shoe, a black sock, and a person that likely disappeared sometime between March and December 2013. Once again, the remaining facts — the little that there are — won’t do much of anything to answer your question: why?

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Why Gravitational Waves Are The Most Important Discovery Of The Century

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A computer simulation of the collision of two black holes, the event responsible for our historic new understanding of gravitational waves. Image Source: Caltech

1.3 billion years ago, two enormous black holes — with masses of 29 and 36 times that of the Sun — crashed into each other, creating a burst of power 50 times greater than the output of all the stars in the universe. And finally, last September, that gargantuan force made a pair of antennas in Louisiana and Washington vibrate.

What those vibrators were detecting were gravitational waves, a phenomenon that does nothing short of reveal ripples in the fabric of spacetime, finally proving Einstein’s 100-year-old predictions about the nature of the universe and illuminating the mysteries of how the universe began.

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NASA Releases Gorgeous New Retro Space Travel Posters To Remind Us The Next Golden Age Of Space Travel Is Now

Pick your signpost: Is it the fact that NASA’s new, appropriately-named Dream Chaser spacecraft could usher us into an era of regular civilian spaceflight? The fact that SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket recently completed the first safe landing of a reusable rocket?

Or is it the fact that, since November, NASA has been accepting applications that could allow any American with the ability to pass the NASA physical, a bachelors degree in engineering, science, or math, and three years of flight experience, to join the next class of astronauts — the class that will almost certainly be going to Mars?

No matter where you look, the clues are everywhere — the second golden age of space travel is here. What better way to celebrate this bold future, and its echoes of our triumphant past, than with these brand new retro-futurist NASA space travel posters, courtesy of their Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Exoplanet Travel Bureau:

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Europa

Image Source: NASA/JPL

Titan

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Ceres

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Jupiter Auroras

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Earth Oasis

Image Source: NASA/JPL

Enceladus

Image Source: NASA/JPL

Exoplanet

Image Source: NASA/JPL

Grand Tour

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Hd 40307g

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Kepler 16b

Image Source: NASA/JPL

Kepler 186f

Image Source: NASA/JPL

Mars Historic Sites

Image Source: NASA/JPL

Nightlife

Image Source: NASA/JPL

Venus

Image Source: NASA/JPL

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Was Abraham Lincoln Our First Gay President?

It’s a persistent rumor, and one that has some basis in historical fact: Was Abraham Lincoln gay?

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A color portrait of Abraham Lincoln. Image Source: YouTube

Abraham Lincoln was such a pivotal figure in American history that he’s inspired a field of scholarship devoted to him alone. Serious historians with advanced degrees have spent their whole professional lives poring over the most minute details of Lincoln’s life. Few of us would fare well under that level of scrutiny, and every few years a new theory arrives that supposedly explains this or that unresolved question about the man who was arguably America’s greatest president.

Scholars have debated whether Abraham Lincoln — whose birthday is today — suffered from a host of physical ailments, whether or not he was clinically depressed, and — perhaps most intriguingly to some — if he was gay…

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