Antartica has seen its share of exploration, research, and commerce: whaling stations, fishing villages, home bases for mapping and exploring, and scientific facilities.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
One hundred years later: Union Square in NYC, full of people, very few hats.
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?
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
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...
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
"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,