Plenty of government programs had rough starts, but no one remembers anymore; mysterious phallic sculptures are disappearing from a tourist site in Iran; meanwhile, America is nowhere near as diverse as we think. These discoveries and more below.
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The Disappearing Phallic Sculptures of Iran
Located in the green hills of northeast Iran, the Khalid Nabi Cemetery, also known as the “Valley of Genitalia”, is a historic site famous for its very phallic sculptures, thought by some to be gravestones.