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  • Big-Wave Surfing at Cortes Bank

    Kamikaze surfers attempt 60-foot waves, 100 miles off the coast of San Diego. It’s only been surfed four times, and with good reason. You’d have to be insane.

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  • Sumo in Prague

    Outside Japan, the hotbed of amateur sumo wrestling is in the Czech Republic. Sweaty wrestlers, a sumo-themed hotel, and beer for breakfast.

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  • Hunting Wild Boar

    A wild pig hunting expedition through the bucolic wine country of Sonoma, which culminates in a barbecue. Lots of mail on this one.

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  • Haiti’s King of Coffee

    Los Angeles restaurant owner Tigeorges Laguerre is on a mission to save Haiti — or at least one little part of it — one coffee bean at a time.

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  • Malaysia Book of Records

    The strongest hair! The youngest sumo wrestler! The longest pencil! In Malaysia, making your mark—any mark—is a matter of national pride.

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  • The Rumpus

    Who you going to believe: Google or your lying eyes?

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  • Flight of the Monarch

    Flight of the Monarch

    It’s one of Mother Nature’s most beautiful and inspiring mysteries: the migration of the monarch butterfly from North America to the Michoacán forest in central Mexico and back. It’s been happening for thousands of years, and it will, no doubt, continue for thousands more. But […]

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  • Fair-Weather Friend

    Fair-Weather Friend

    Down inside a yacht anchored off an island in the Caribbean, skipper Jason White shows off a state-of-the-art computerized control center. He points out a marine single sideband (SSB) radio, somewhat of a sailing-instrument anachronism amid modern technology like satellite phones and weather faxes. And […]

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  • Combat Rock!

    Combat Rock!

    These days, martial music also means Marshall stacks. That’s right, soldiers rock—officially. In fact, every branch of the armed services maintains “show bands” as part of their music divisions. Not only are these groups of sailors and soldiers battle-trained, they also know how to plug […]

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  • C.F. Martin Guitars

    C.F. Martin Guitars

    A history of the world’s most famous acoustic guitar, including an interview with company president Chris Martin IV, and a visit to the factory in Nazareth, Pennsylvania.

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