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Buzkashi: Like Polo, But With A Headless Goat

Buzkashi is a centuries-old game in Afghanistan in which men on horses compete to pick up the carcass of a dead calf, carry it across a field, and drop it in a designated circle.

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A Window To Executions: How To Cover Death For A Living

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Boehner Plays It Loose With His Speakership At Stake

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Knock Your Wool Socks Off With New Latin Music

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The 'Marvelous Living' Of Soprano Jessye Norman

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