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27 Reasons Why "Scientific Gossip" Is The Best Newspaper Column Of All Time

Published over a hundred years ago in the New York Times, this weird and wonderful column was basically the peak of journalism. Come for the knowledge, stay for the whimsy.

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1. 'Scientific Gossip' was a short column that ran starting in the 1870s. It was a great way to keep up with science, of course, but also lots of other things. Like mythical camels:

27. But the real reason this is the best column of all time is because, even if it got distracted at times, it always came back to its roots. Weird, weird things that nobody could ever need to know:

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