Welcome back to Cabinet of Curiosities, our round-up of the history related news and happenings that we’ve “dug up” over the past week!
As parts of the US — and the world — experience drought and clean water shortage, news this week is that Earth may be holding out on us. After years of searching, scientists have discovered an underground reservoir that contains immense amounts of water in addition to clues on the planet’s formation.
Also found underground? Bones that may be the remains of Olaf, the Viking King of Ireland.
Following their 2012 discovery, the bones of King Richard III of England, which were unearthed from a car-park, have fascinated literary scholars, historians, and scientists alike. They now will find their final resting place Leicester.
Above ground, too, the World Cup is exciting football fans across national boundaries. The Wall Street Journal explores the tournament’s recent history, and the rivalries that shape it.
And before signing off, we’ll head underwater and say hello to the Feejee Mermaid–one of Barnum & Bailey’s greatest hoaxes.
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