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Play Dungeons & Dragons ... like an adult

Dungeons & Dragons — it has, over the 46 years since it was first published, developed a reputation as the epitome of geekdom. Thanks to four decades of pop culture, the name of the popular role-playing game evokes images of basement-dwelling teens gathering amid spent cans of Mountain Dew and half-empty bags of...

A fleet of mysterious drones is freaking people out in northeastern Colorado

If you’re into conspiracy theories and the like, it’s a great time to take a gander at the opposite corner of Colorado.

For the past three weeks, people in northeastern Colorado and southwestern Nebraska have been reporting fleets of drones showing up at dusk, flying in a grid pattern, doing who knows what. And people...

Get Outta Town: Check out Grover, a nifty piece of space exploration history

If you’ve been through Flagstaff, Arizona, at first glance it doesn’t look much like the surface of the moon – especially with the sea of pine trees stretching in every direction. But for a period of time in the ’60s and ’70s, NASA considered it to be the next best thing.

As the first (and so far, the last) crew to land...

Star Wars intersects with indigenous cultures and inspires art

A young adult emerges from a dwelling onto an arid landscape. Irritated at his adopted parents, he kicks the dirt of his homeland. He walks a short distance and gazes at the sunset as he contemplates belonging, uncertainty, purpose, and dreams.

Depending on the number of suns disappearing beneath the horizon, this could...

Aliens were popular in 2019, especially in the world of online porn

Like many sites, the Canadian pornographic video sharing site Pornhub collects data on what its users do and search for online. It also goes one step further, though, and publishes these insights publicly, offering a unique view into trends in current events and culture.

In 2019, one of the site’s top search trends was...

Examining Fort Lewis College's dark past

At an 1892 convention, Capt. Richard H. Pratt began a speech with the following words: “A great general has said that the only good Indian is a dead one, and that high sanction of his destruction has been an enormous factor in promoting Indian massacres. In a sense, I agree with the sentiment,...

Get Outta Town: Just what is in that “Hole n” the Rock?”

Anyone who’s driven north on U.S. Highway 191 to Moab, Utah, has noticed the giant signs painted into the rock walls to the east of the highway. They advertise a “Hole n” the Rock” (double apostrophe theirs). But they don’t exactly explain why that’s noteworthy.

It turns out that the hole is a 5,000-square-foot family...

Get Outta Town: See the machines that probe the secrets of the cosmos

Head 50 miles west of Socorro, New Mexico, and you’ll find one of the best locations on the planet to listen to outer space. Less “E.T.” and more “Contact” (in fact, it was a filming location), the Very Large Array is a collection of 27 radio antennas on the Plains of San Agustin.

The dish of each antenna is about 82...

Weird real estate: Ever want to live in an abandoned missle silo complex?

Considering buying real estate? For about $375,000 you might be able to get a three bedroom, two bathroom home on the outskirts of Durango. Or you could live in a decommissioned Titan II missle complex in Arizona.

It’s a bit of a fixer-upper, but if geopolitics go south and society collapses, where would you feel more...

Is Utah’s Uinta Basin connected to other worlds?

Ryan Skinner was headed down I-70 near the Utah-Colorado border in 2006 when something weird happened.

Skinner and his soon-to-be wife, Iryna, were making a long haul from Wisconsin to Las Vegas, and Iryna had taken the wheel, giving Skinner the chance to relax. There were no other vehicles on the road, but when they...

As an undocumented immigrant, Rosa Sabido has now lived at Mancos United Methodist for more than two years

When ­— or if — Rosa Sabido can ever leave Mancos United Methodist Church, she wants to watch the sunset. She wants to go back to her home, sit by the river again, and visit her mother’s grave for the first time.

It’s the little things that Sabido said she misses most about being free, and it’s these little things that...

Get Outta Town: Fifty-Two 80s is Denver’s very own time machine to the 1980s

Thundercats. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. Garbage Pail Kids. The 1980s were a wondrous time to be alive, specifically if you were a kid.

Fifty-Two 80’s, a shop located in southern Denver, is well aware of that and, by the power of He-Man, are keeping the ’80s very much alive....

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