Hear and Now: Banning Sarcasm and Losing Space Stations

Allison Loudermilk

Hear and Now: Banning Sarcasm and Losing Space Stations HowStuffWorks
Hear and Now: Banning Sarcasm and Losing Space Stations HowStuffWorks

There are things that are easily banned, like books. (Happy Banned Books Week, everyone.) And there are things that aren't easily banned, like sarcasm. Which is what North Korea began attempting to do at the end of this summer: restrict so-called "hostile speech." Host Ben Bowlin brings you that story this week on HowStuffWorks Now, along with some other tidbits about the country, because that guy loves talking about North Korea.

Let's stay in Asia for a second. In 2011, China sent the Tiangong-1, aka the Heavenly Palace-1, into space, where it completed its primary mission of serving as a docking station for other manned and unmanned spacecraft. All that ended in 2013, and in 2016 China decommissioned the space station. It's slated to enter the atmosphere in 2017 — in an uncontrolled fashion. Crazy, right? Jonathan Strickland reports on that story.

Last up is a story that surfaced at a known shipwreck site that humans discovered back in 1900. It's located about 10 minutes from the Greek island of Antikythera and has yielded a boatload of artifacts over the years. The most recent treasure unearthed is a human skeleton that's been in the sea for 2,000 years. Lauren Vogelbaum brings you the details on that ancient find.  

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