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Strange, Stunning and Silly: Our Best Stories You Might Have Missed This Week


Sunflowers spring from the desert floor during a "super bloom" in Death Valley, 2016. Mark Boster/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images
Sunflowers spring from the desert floor during a "super bloom" in Death Valley, 2016. Mark Boster/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

If you live in a country that observes daylight saving time, you might still be lagging from that jump forward. Behind on this week's stories? We've got your back. Make up for lost time by checking out our articles and podcasts you might have missed in the shuffle.

The Strange

The Nazi army's operations are shrouded in controversial mystery. The Die Glocke, or Nazi Bell, is one such enigma, a "miracle weapon" that's kept people curious since it was first reported. Hosts Matt, Noel and Ben discuss the secret device in a new episode of Stuff They Don't Want You to Know.

In January, the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists declared that the Doomsday Clock is 2 1/2 minutes to midnight, or an existential catastrophe. In the latest episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, hosts Robert and Christian give you step-by-step instructions on how to save the world from imminent disaster. (OK, not really, but they do give some awesome details on why we're getting so close to that dreaded hour.)  

Many people would be pretty wary if someone offered to cure their disease with a light touch to the forehead, but monarchs of yesteryear were hot stuff for it. Tracy and Holly tackle the history of the miraculous "royal touch" in a new episode of Stuff You Missed in History Class.

The Stunning

Conventional instruments are works of art. But an instrument that looks like a rib cage and can be played with a hair comb? Well, that gets points for ingenuity — really. The Georgia Institute of Technology recently hosted the Margaret Guthman New Musical Instrument Competition for innovative musical creations. Check out the winners here.

The Anza-Borrego Desert State Park in California is exploding with color due to a "super bloom" of wildflowers. Find out why it's the most dramatic the park has seen in 20 years in this new article.

There are plenty of reasons Americans have had to be stunned in the recent months, for good and for bad. In the season two premiere of The Stuff of Life, host Julie Douglas turns to politics and art to explore what it means to be broken — and mended.

The Silly

The last thing anyone wants is to be the victim of a bird poop-and-fly. But despite how grossed out we might be by avian droppings today, guano (seabird excrement) was of serious economic value in the past. That means people with vested interests were in a scuffle to get their hands on the stuff. Get the scoop on the Guano Islands Act in this article.

Good dates can be hard to find, especially if you've got super specific (and perhaps offbeat) requirements. Luckily, dating apps make it easy to pick the perfect match. Looking for a mate who hates the same things as you? No problem! Check out our top five picks for the quirkiest dating apps here.

There's a good chance the infamous Comic Sans font is on that shared list of dislikes. But while many consider it a cartoony, immature font, it's actually great for dyslexic readers. Read this article to find out why Comic Sans isn't as terrible as you may think.



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