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Globsters: When Sea Monsters Wash Ashore

Feb 7, 2019

On November 30, 1896, two young boys, Herbert Coles and Dunham Coretter, were bicycling along Anastasia Island, near St. Augustine on the At...

Gyrobus: The Flywheel-Powered Public Transportation

Feb 5, 2019

Back in the 1940s, Swiss engineers developed a new kind of zero-emission electric bus that used a large spinning flywheel to store energy ra...

The Tomb That Inspired Britain's Iconic Telephone Box

Feb 1, 2019

The United Kingdom Post Office introduced the first public telephone kiosk, designated K1, in 1921. These were constructed out of pre-cast c...

Bookwheel, The 16th Century Forerunner to The eBook Reader

Jan 30, 2019

For many of us, the ebook reader was the next best thing to happen since Gutenberg’s printing press. The printing press made books widely av...

Henry Cotton: The Psychiatrist Who Tried to ‘Cure’ His Patients by Removing Their Teeth

Jan 29, 2019

This illustration of a mutilated mouth is not the result of a road accident, but that of a doctor’s obsession with an utterly bizarre theor...

The Ancient Portraits of Fayuum Mummies

Jan 22, 2019

These haunting portraits of long-dead men, women and children come from a vast region known as the Fayuum Basin, located immediately to the ...

Charvolant: The Kite-Drawn Carriages

Jan 18, 2019

On 8 January 1822, an extraordinary journey was made from Bristol to Marlborough. An English schoolteacher named George Pocock took his wif...

Grammichele: The Hexagonal Town

Jan 18, 2019

Located in the province of Catania, in the Italian island of Sicily, is the town of Grammichele. It is one of the few towns in the world to...

The Gable Stones of Amsterdam

Jan 16, 2019

Before Amsterdam had house numbering, they had a curious way of identifying addresses. Each house and building in the city used to have a st...

Congreve Rolling Ball Clock

Jan 9, 2019

In the early 19th century, an Englishman named Sir William Congreve invented an unusual clock that kept time using balls rolling down an inc...

China’s Misguided War Against Sparrows

Jan 8, 2019

These panel of images from the late 1950s China, depicting young boys hunting sparrows for sport, were taken from a poster aimed at school ...

Cascata delle Marmore: A Man-Made Waterfalls Created by Ancient Romans

Jan 7, 2019

About 8 kilometers east from the city of Terni, in the Umbria region of Italy, is a beautiful three-tiered waterfalls called Cascata delle M...

Forma Urbis: Rome’s Giant Marble Map

Jan 7, 2019

A modern illustration of the Temple of Peace with Forma Urbis, the giant map of Rome, on the wall. At the Roman Forum in the center of Rom...

SS Warrimoo: The Ship That Missed New Year’s Eve But Gained Two Centuries

Jan 4, 2019

The story that follows supposedly happened more than a hundred years ago on the eve of New Year. It spanned two centuries, yet was over in a...

The Photographers Who Braved Mount St. Helens

Jan 3, 2019

When Mount St. Helens erupted in the morning of May 18, 1980, a freelance photographer named Robert Landsberg was within four miles of the s...

Meat-Shaped Stone And Jadeite Cabbage

Jan 2, 2019

This mouth-watering chunk of stewed pork belly with a gratuitous layer of fat and glistening sheen is actually a piece of rock—jasper to be ...

Kola Superdeep Borehole

Dec 24, 2018

It’s hard to imagine that under this small metal cap lies the world’s deepest borehole. Now surrounded by ruins, the Kola Superdeep Borehol...

Atmospheric Railways: The 19th Century Trains That Ran On Air

Dec 22, 2018

The 19th century ushered in a new form of transport—railways. Journeys that previously took weeks were now completed in days. Distances that...

The Sydney Hospital Built By Rum

Dec 17, 2018

Two hundred years ago, Sydney was little more than a convict camp in desperate need of infrastructure, supplies and a hospital. The long jou...

William Clark’s Expensive Folly

Dec 14, 2018

In late 19th century New York, on an avenue dubbed the “Millionaire’s Colony”, there stood an insanely ornate house belonging to the wealthy...