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Apr 09, 2013

Abandoned and Still Amazing: Photos of 8 Vacant Antarctic Whaling Stations and Bases

Antartica has seen its share of exploration, research, and commerce: whaling stations, fishing villages, home bases for mapping and exploring, and scientific facilities. 

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Apr 08, 2013

A Better Way to Screw: The Surprisingly Fascinating History of the Phillips Head Driver

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These days, there are a multitude of screw and driver styles lining the hardware stores: torx and square, and Supadriv and star-bit and the like. But less than a century ago, there was but one - the single slot. So begins the surprisingly interesting story of Henry F. Phillips, the Portland, Oregon-based inventor of the Phillips screw drive.

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Apr 01, 2013

Finnish Brewery Recreates a 200-Year-Old Beer Found in a Shipwreck

In the summer of 2010, several bottles of beer were discovered in a shipwreck below the Aland archipelago at the bottom of the Baltic Sea. Due to the unique environment - cool, constant temperatures, high pressure, and total darkness, the beers were preserved, and completely drinkable, becoming one of the world's oldest existing beers.   

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Jan 31, 2013

A Rare Historical Scotch, Back on the Rocks

In 1907, Ernest Shackleton and his crew set out to reach the South Pole, taking all the gear, food, and fuel necessary to keep the team alive in the extreme climate. The Antarctic explorer also brought something else with him, cases 

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Nov 29, 2012

The Scandalous and Surprisingly Bloody History of Nutmeg

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Fall has its cinnamon and cloves, Thanksgiving its sage, but in my mind (nose?), the smell of the winter holidays is nutmeg. Baked into sweets, sprinkled over winter vegetables, and, most importanly, grated over real egg nog, it's the thing that invokes my sense memories the most.

And, apparently, its presence in North America holiday traditions? That's "one of the saddest stories of history," whereby sad means super violent and, really, kinda nuts. 

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Jul 16, 2012

A History of Olympic Logos: From London 1948 to London 2012

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The 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London will be here before we know it. And I cannot wait! This is actually the second time that the Games have been hosted in London. The first time was in 1948. The world has changed a lot in 64 years, of course, and so has graphic design. It's fascinating to look at the logos for each of the Olympic Games and observe the changes in the world of design. So, here's a history of the Olympic logos from London 1948 to London 2012.  

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May 15, 2012

Why Did Men in the U.S. Stop Wearing Hats in Public?

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A hundred years ago, men didn't leave the house without a hat. Example: the image above, a rally in Union Square in NYC, full of people, full of hats.

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One hundred years later: Union Square in NYC, full of people, very few hats.

What happened?  

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Mar 29, 2012

The Best Facial Hair in the Civil War

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Some say the U.S. Civil War was fought over slavery. Others say it was really about Northern and Southern lifestyle values. But, 150 years later, with the results clearly determines and the effects established, the real question is:

Which side had the better facial hair?   

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Mar 23, 2012

How to Undress Like a Man, or a Woman: Hilarious & Helpful Life Advice from 1937

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I just stumbled across this fascinating "how-to" from a 1937 issue of Life magazine on the proper way to take off your clothes in the bedroom. One must be sure to avoid the "hideous climax of slovenliness" when removing a shirt, or that cardinal bedroom Don't: scratching oneself, even though, "many men break this rule."

Rather, you should go about it like "this Adonis," who

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Dec 01, 2011

Past Presidents Kick Butt in Epically Patriotic Art

Sometimes, a dollar bill isn't enough.

Artist Jason Hauser decided to take a different approach to honor the founding fathers and other heroes of U.S. history...by depicting them in various stages of total badassery.

Teddy Roosevelt battles bigfoot, George Washington becomes a zombie hunter, and Abe Lincoln touts the Emancipation Proclamation atop a grizzly bear...

   

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Aug 23, 2011

Alternate Histories Tell Real Story of Famous Events with Zombies, Aliens, Monsters, and Robots

Pittsburgh, PA-based Alternate Histories have decided to make famous events a bit more interesting by coming clean...about the fact that there were monsters and all sorts of crazy creatures present at the time. That's why they're famous events.

Portraying such events as The Defeat of General Frankenstein at Bunker Hill and The 1932 Zombie Killing Games in Los Angeles, Alernate Histories is a

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Sep 24, 2010

20 Mustaches That Changed History

"When in the course of human events a mustache comes along that truly changes things, Aaron Perlut is there to celebrate."

Perlut is the chairman of the American Mustache Institute and is currently coordinating the AMI's third annual "Robert Goulet Memorial Mustached American of the Year" award. The self-proclaimed Dr. of Nuclear Mustachology was recently interviewed by the Atlantic monthly, saying, 

As a young man I grew up surrounded by mustaches in my family, but I was always intimidated to grow them, even though I could from a very young age, because of the public pressures against it--because they weren't cool, they weren't hip. There was a certain stigma attached to people with mustaches, that you weren't professional or intelligent, and I commited myself to working for an organization that battled against that... [We hope to achieve] an equal playing field for people of Mustached American heritage. I got off the phone earlier today with a gentleman who told me he was told that he could have a job that he wanted, if he shaved his mustache....We recently saved the job of a young man who was a college student working at a restaurant, whose employers told him that he would either shave his mustache or lose his job that he was using to pay his tuition at the University of Georgia in Athens. There is a pattern of discrimination against people who are different from whatever the norm might be at the time in this country, and facial hair is no exception.
Didn't think facial hair choices could incite so much injustice, didja?

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