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Human Decomposition in Japanese Artwork

Apr 29, 2019

In traditional Buddhist teachings, contemplating about death is an integral part of meditation. Buddha himself said that death is “the gre...

Why Victorian People Loved Posing Next to Aspidistra Plants

Apr 26, 2019

Potted plants have been a part of households for thousands of years. The ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans all kept houseplants in thei...

The Adorable Custom of ‘Telling The Bees’

Apr 23, 2019

The bee friend, a painting by Hans Thoma (1839–1924) There was a time when almost every rural British family who kept bees followed a stra...

Luna 15: The Soviet Probe That Tried to Gatecrash America’s First Moon Landing

Apr 19, 2019

Two hours before Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were scheduled to leave the surface of the moon after their historic moonwalk, an unmanned ...

Fake Tree Observation Posts of WW1

Apr 16, 2019

Camouflaging has always been a part of warfare, but it was only during the two world wars that things got really creative. During the First...

Why Batman’s Gotham City is Named After a Nottinghamshire Village

Apr 15, 2019

Gotham is a fictional city in the DC Universe but its namesake is not. Located across the Atlantic in South Nottinghamshire, this quiet, lit...

Dagen H: The Day Sweden Switched Traffic Sides

Apr 11, 2019

Few traffic jams are as organized and coordinated as the ones that took place nationwide in the morning of September 3, 1967, on the streets...

Nasoni: Rome’s Ubiquitous Water Fountains

Apr 9, 2019

Drinking fountains in Rome are as quintessential as the city’s many Roman monuments. Standing about three feet high, these 200-pound cylind...

How War Drove to Extinction The Wake Island Rail

Apr 9, 2019

The day Japan bombed Pear Harbor, many American outposts in the Pacific, such as Philippines, Guam, Midway, Wake Island, Malaya, Thailand,...

People Once Downloaded Games From The Radio

Apr 6, 2019

The year 1977 was an important year in the history of home computing. That year, the world’s first microprocessor-driven personal computer ...

Voder: The World’s First Talking Machine

Apr 3, 2019

That voice in your GPS navigator, the virtual assistant in your smartphone, and the automated responses you get when you dial a company hel...

Vardo: The Opulent Caravans of The Gypsies

Mar 29, 2019

Living in trailer homes is largely an American culture , but the history of mobile homes originated in Europe. The first trailer home owne...

Mimizuka: The Burial Site of Thousands of Noses

Mar 28, 2019

In the middle of a quiet residential neighborhood in the suburb of Kyoto, Japan, is a 30-foot-high, grass-covered hillock within which are b...

Quaker Guns of The American Civil War

Mar 25, 2019

“All warfare is based on deception,” Sun Tzu wrote in The Art of War , an ancient Chinese military treatise, often regarded as one of the m...

The World’s First Cyber Attack Happened Nearly Two Hundred Years Ago

Mar 25, 2019

Many say that the world’s first cyber attack happened in 1988, when Robert Morris, a 20-something graduate student at Cornell, inadvertentl...

Syndrome K: The Fake Disease That Saved Lives

Mar 20, 2019

In the fall of 1943, as German soldiers began rounding up Jews in Italy and deporting them by the thousands to concentration camps, a myster...

Why Did Ancient People Bury Butter in Bogs?

Mar 19, 2019

Peat bogs are favorite hunting grounds of archeologists because of the many odd surprises these marshy wetlands have revealed from time to t...

The Wheel of Urine

Mar 16, 2019

A pot of urine can tell a lot about your diet and health. It can tell whether you are adequately hydrated, or how well your kidneys are func...

The Building That Steals Your Body Heat

Mar 15, 2019

More than a quarter million commuters pass through the Stockholm Central Station everyday, unaware that their bodies are being tapped for e...

Salt Domes And Salt Glaciers of Iran

Mar 12, 2019

Million of years ago, the Persian Gulf was a much larger body of water than it is today, inundating large sections of the Arabian peninsula...