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Jul 15, 2015

Restoring a 400-Year-Old Painting: The 5-Minute Video to Change Your Art Appreciation

Most art forms involve some level of collaboration, sometimes with people who work long after you've done your part. Or in this case, after you've been dead for 300 years.   

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Jul 07, 2015

A Century of Bicycling History in 17 Pictures

The 102nd Tour de France begin this week, and so far, this have been pretty interesting. (There was a quite intense crash on Stage 3 yesterday. where they actually stopped the race. See more here.)

To honor the event, National Geographic dove into their archives to find the best images of the power of bikes, and the variety of ways they've been used for the last 100 years. 

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May 21, 2015

American Dreaming and The Golden Age of Auto Design

The 1950's and 1960's were the golden age of auto design at a time when Americans identified more than ever with the cars they drove. Auto designers encapsulated the spirit of American adventure at a time when America was dreaming intently and looking forward to the future, but most of their designs were never released to the public. Until now...   

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May 05, 2015

The Last of the Typewriter Men

The last of the typewriter repair menA lot of us have nostalgia for old typewriters, regardless of how many hipsters put them on display. I have one myself and I was surprised by how much the guy in my local typewriter repair store knew about my machine and how quickly he solved my problem. This is a celebration of "a dynasty of repairmen keeping the world's typewriters from going obsolete."    

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Apr 09, 2015

A Brief History of Gin

created at: 04/09/2015

Whether you like yours mixed with a splash of tonic, some soda and lemon, or stirred with vermouth and a twist, we can all agree: gin is indeed the spirit of spring. And throughout its history, its been proposed to cure everything from the black plague to malaria. 

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Feb 27, 2015

History, Sugar and Sex: Why Mixed Drinks Were Terrible for 30 Years

These days, the throwback "artisanal" cocktail scene can be easy to mock, what with its arm garters and ____ + ____ names and all. those. tinctures. But, don't forget that just a very short time ago, a "mixed drink" typically meant something frozen, blended, and saturated with sugar, with colors so unnatural they rivaled 90s candy aisles, and drinks named for sex acts and bizarro body parts. 

If our current cocktail culture is a throwback to the post-prohibition era of WWII and its aftermath, what exactly happened in the middle there?  What was going on with those three or four decades where baby boomers ordered neon slushies at airports and shopping malls?   

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Jan 13, 2015

The Invention of the Aeropress

It's pretty amazing really. The Aeropress is a small, $25 plastic contraption that supposedly can produce the best cup of coffee one can make at home (or the office) without a multi-thousand dollar professional espresso machine. At its core, the Aeropress is two tubes that create a vacuum, 

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Dec 22, 2014

Photography Inspiration: 40 Portraits in 40 Years

Brown SistersIt began in 1975 when Nicholas Nixon whimsically asked if he could take a photo of his wife and her three sisters. A year later, they were all together again when he suggested they recreate their poses for a new photo. They liked the idea and have been doing the same thing every year, FOR FORTY YEARS.   

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Aug 20, 2014

Blow My Mindsday: August 20, 2014

Each Wednesday, I post some of my favorite can't-miss links, images, and otherwise mindblowing goodies from across the web. 


Apparently, there's a highly beneficial time to enjoy your morning coffee... and it's not as soon as you wake up. Fast Company

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Aug 15, 2014

It's Time You Learned About Watches

I've really been enjoying these illustrated walkthroughs from NeedSupply's blog, where they venture in-depth to explore the history, mechanics, and materials that we use everyday. The era

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Aug 12, 2014

Inventories of War: The Clothing and Gear of Soldiers from 1066 to 2014

The Telegraph UK features a recent photo exploration of the "kit" - the gear and clothing - carried by common soldiers for the last 1000 years. 

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Apr 22, 2014

What's the Deal with the Colored Thread on the Bottom Button of Men's Shirts?

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If you've worn a button down shirt in, oh, the last 100 years or so, you may have noted an interesting feature: the last button hole and button thread are sewn with a different, contrasting color than the rest, particularly in solid color shirts. Or, you could be like me, and have worn button down shirts thousands of times over your existing decades, only to recently realize the thread color was different, and, once aware, started noticing it everywhere. Or perhaps you just looked down as you were reading this and learned that it is indeed true of the shirt you're wearing right now... Regardless, the question stands:

Why? Why are the bottom hole and button sewn with a different color thread?   

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Jan 13, 2014

Check It Out: Ernest Hemingway's Personal Burger Recipe

created at: 01/13/2014

Of course Ernest Hemingway had a favorite burger recipe. Guy was pretty opinated, enjoyed the simple things, and certainly celebrated a "hands on" lifestyle. What's interesting here, 

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Oct 17, 2013

Why Do We Eat Popcorn at the Movies?

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They seem to go hand-in-hand. Whether on the couch with your latest Netflix mailing and a bowl, or a buttered bucket at the multiplex, popcorn and movies are...well, as classic of a combo as peanut butter and jelly. 

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Sep 23, 2013

The Surprisingly Fascinating History of : The T-Shirt

"In 1904, the Cooper Underwear Company ran a magazine ad announcing a new product for bachelors. In the “before” photo, a man averts his eyes from the camera as if embarrassed; he has lost all the buttons on his undershirt and has safety-pinned its flaps together. In the “after” photo, a virile gentleman sports a handlebar mustache, smokes a cigar and wears a “bachelor undershirt” stretchy enough to be pulled over the head. 'No safety pins — no buttons — no needle — no thread,' ran the slogan aimed at men with no wives and no sewing skills."   

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Sep 16, 2013

How 500 Years of Weird Condiment History Designed the Heinz Ketchup Bottle

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The ketchup bottle, that eight or so inches of clear glass and familiar logo that sits on every formica diner table across the U.S., serves as a prime example of invisible design: most of us don't even notice it, but when it becomes time to use it, its put into play and works exactly as intended. 

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Aug 01, 2013

The Suprisingly Fascinating Story Behind the LaCoste Crocodile Shirt

That little green crocodile...sitting on the heart of collared shirts everywhere. It's a preppy status symbol, sure, but there's a pretty interesting history to how that guy got there, and influenced the whole logo/animal on your polo shirt phenomenon,

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Jul 01, 2013

Brand Awareness: Decoding the Fascinating History and Imagery of Cattle Branding

I know we all know this, but it's never not interesting to me to recall that our modern notion of "brand" - small companies and giant corporations, logos and awareness and identities - were born from those literal brands: distinct identities burned with a hot iron stamp.   

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Jun 05, 2013

Fun Fact of the Day: Why Coffee is Called Joe

Meet Joe. As in a "cup of..." I always thought this colloquial term was a corruption of "java" or the name's generality, the everyman. But it turns out, there was a very specific Joe from whom the nickname was derived:  

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May 10, 2013

Menswear Named After Real Men: 10 Jackets, Shirts, and Hats With Surprising Etymologies

Sure, we've all heard that the sandwich was supposedly invented by The Earl of Sandwich at a Card Game, and know that sideburns were named after Civil War General Ambrose Burnside. But! Did you know that the cardigan was named after an Earl as well, and the leotard dubbed for a real person named - get this - Guy Leotard?    

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