March 2024

Unpicking Dior vs Chanel

Making Nazis look pretty so they can have nice parties is not an admirable act.

#fashion #politics #history

November 2023

Study considers linguistic diversity of California

Previously, scientists and linguists thought that Uto-Aztecan languages spread into California through the spread of maize farming, but a new study questions that idea.

#america #language #history #science

Stunning Codex Documenting Aztec Culture Now Fully Digitized

The 16th-century “Florentine Codex” offers a Mexican Indigenous perspective that is often missing from historical accounts of the period.

#history #books

October 2023

What Does ‘Shiver Me Timbers’ Mean — And Did Pirates Really Say It?

The expression "shiver me timbers" was first recorded in print in 1795, and since then, it's appeared everywhere from Treasure Island to SpongeBob SquarePants. But it's unclear whether this phrase was ever truly part of the pirate vernacular.

#language #history

February 2023

Until, Till, 'Til, or 'Till?

#language #history

December 2022

Unearthing a Long Ignored African Writing System, One Researcher Finds African History, by Africans

BU anthropologist Fallou Ngom discovered Ajami, a modified Arabic script, in a box of his late father’s old papers

#africa #language #history

November 2022

History of Ecuador

#america #history

October 2022

The History of Creepy Clowns, Explained

Before the 20th century, clowns in American circuses were largely considered a form of adult entertainment, writes this historian.

#culture #history

Revisiting the Playground

#youth #cities #history

September 2022

Tale of the Jackalope

#culture #history #science #america

The word “condom”

For a long time, the word "condom" was unprintable. Neither the original OED nor The Century Dictionary featured the word. Several venues for discovering the origin of "condom" have been tried. It surfaced in texts at the beginning of the eighteenth century, but we cannot be sure that the word was coined in England.

#language #history #humor

July 2022

The driving force: the story of The Electrical Power Storage Company

#energy #business #history

'Magic mirror': Hidden image revealed in reflection of centuries-old artifact

#art #history

June 2022

An A-Z of the Languages and Loanwords of the English Lexicon – from Arabic to Zulu!

#cool #language #history

March 2022

Blackbeard's No Kill Rule In Our Flag Means Death Might've Been Real

Despite his fearsome reputation, the real life Blackbeard had a surprising record of not killing his victims, which Our Flag Means Death explains.

#movies #history

January 2022

1930s Flour Sacks Featured Colorful Patterns For Women To Make Dresses

#fashion #history #media

December 2021

Experts pull documents, money from Lee statue time capsule

#america #war #history

Research: Wreck of last US slave ship mostly intact on coast

#america #ships #history

The Great Offline

The concept of “offline” is built on the earlier concept of “wilderness,” inheriting its flaws and hazards

#tech #culture #history

November 2021

The Magician and the Suffragette: The Strange History of Sawing a Woman in Half

#gender #politics #culture #history

Five Centuries of Jerusalem Soup

#islam #food #history

October 2021

When Cities Die

#cities #history #games

August 2021

Colonial Williamsburg is Uncovering America’s Hidden Queer History

#cities #america #sexuality #history

Increased Hate Against Sweden’s Indigenous People

#culture #history #politics

May 2021

Roleplaying games were around hundreds of years before Dungeons & Dragons

The seminal tabletop RPG drew from generations of wargaming, storytelling and parlour games.

#games #history

1988: P.R.E.S.T.A.V.B.A. - 50 Years of Text Games

#games #history

April 2021

The “Deviant” African Genders That Colonialism Condemned

European travellers and anthropologists found that their gendered worldview didn’t easily map onto the societies they encountered.

#africa #gender #history

March 2021

Sequoyah and the Almost-Forgotten History of Cherokee Numerals

#america #language #history

February 2021

6 Gay or Bi Historical Figures Who Are Straight-Washed by History

From Gandhi to Alexander the Great, history is filled with queer folks who had to conceal their identity

#sexuality #history

January 2021

The US Empire Is Crumbling Before Our Eyes

With unprecedented economic inequality and massive overspending on military expansion, America now looks a lot like 476 CE Rome.

#america #politics #history

December 2020

How Scientists Use and Abuse Portraiture

Many scientific studies assume that the features of painted faces are the facts of the flesh-and-blood countenances to which they refer. This assumption is not only false; it is preposterous.

#art #history #science

October 2020

Two Rare Photographs of the X-Rated Furniture of Catherine the Great

Not Safe For Work!

#sexuality #history #photos

July 2020

It’s incorrect to say there was no resistance to safety measures around the Blitz

#pandemic #war #history

Imperial Wars Always Come Home

#history #politics

March 2020

A history of FLICC: the 5 techniques of science denial

#science #education #history

February 2020

Life and Works of Sofonisba Anguissola, Noblewoman, Portraitist of Philip II

#cool #art #history

January 2020

Collections: The Fremen Mirage, Part I: War at the Dawn of Civilization

Discussing bad historical takes through the lens of sci-fi literature.

#books #history #politics

July 2019

Thaddeus Kosciusko: The Polish Engineer You Never Heard of who Saved America

#america #engineering #history

The Mystery of Florida's Cannonball-Eating Spanish Fort

#america #engineering #history

June 2019

Getting to the Bottom of the Flat Earth

#science #education #history

May 2019

The Mind-Boggling Artistry of China’s Ivory Puzzle Balls

This traditional art from Guangzhou can never be produced legally again.

#china #art #history

March 2019

What the English of Shakespeare, Beowulf, and King Arthur actually sounded like

#language #history

A Brief History of British and Irish Languages

#language #history

December 2018

5 Ways Grimm's Fairy Tales Changed After the First Edition

#cool #books #history

November 2018

A History of Creativity

#culture #business #religion #history #politics

October 2018

Peter Jackson Restored, Colorized 100 Hours of World War I Footage

#movies #tech #history

September 2018

A brief history of singular ‘they’

#language #history

February 2018

Black People in the US Were Enslaved Well into the 1960s

#america #racism #history

The day Irish and Jewish joined forces against British fascists

#uk #politics #history

December 2017

How did Victorian Muslims celebrate Christmas?

Led by William Quilliam, one of the first known Muslim converts, a small group used to gather and give food to the poor.

#uk #religion #history

October 2017

Was Emily Brontё’s Heathcliff black?

#books #history #racism

The History of the Ampersand

#language #history

June 2017

People in 1920s Berlin Nightclubs Flirted via Pneumatic Tubes

When real-world stuff is too implausible to put in a movie like Cabaret.

#culture #tech #history

Cosmopolitanism on the Move: Port Said around 1900

#cities #history

Stanford researcher sheds light on life of lesbians in Nazi Germany

#sexuality #politics #history

January 2017

Salt and salary: were Roman soldiers paid in salt?

#language #history

August 2016

The Improbable, Bold History of Space Concept Art

#space #art #history

Words That Once Meant Something Different

#language #history

May 2016

Why A German Pilot Escorted An American Bomber To Safety During World War II

#cool #war #history

Clothing from 1600s Shipwreck Shows How the One Percent Lived

First thought to belong to an English lady-in-waiting, the lavish silk clothing from a 17th-century Dutch vessel is just one of many mysteries surrounding the last voyage of the Palmwood Wreck.

#fashion #history #ships

November 2015

An expansive photo record of Native American life in the early 1900s

I was lucky enough to see this exhibition on tour in Bucharest.

#america #history #photos

April 2015

The Bestseller Book That Didn’t Exist: how the author of a beloved Christmas classic pulled off the Hoax of the Century

#books #history

Hōshi: A Short Film on the 1300-Year-Old Hotel Run by the Same Japanese Family for 46 Generations

#japan #history #media

March 2015

lcamtuf's blog: On journeys

#culture #tech #history

February 2015

The curious case of the disappearing Polish S

And this is why you never override browser shortcuts. I don't care what you think you're accomplishing. Just don't.

#computers #language #history

January 2015

Drawing the prophet: Islam’s hidden history of Muhammad images

Ban on depictions has not always been absolute – Islam has a rich heritage of images and icons dating back to the 13th century

#islam #art #history

December 2014

The Indiana Jones of collapsed cultures: Our Western civilization itself is a bubble

#history #politics

The Role Of The Police Is Protecting Capitalism

#law #history

Fool’s Journey: The Fascinating Life of Pamela Colman Smith

#occultism #art #history

November 2014

Lost Painting Found by Art Historian While Watching Stuart Little

#movies #art #history

A Teenager’s Written Account of the Very First Thanksgiving, 1621

#america #history #humor

How Pinocchio set the standard for feature animation

#movies #history

October 2014

The History Of The English Language In One Chart

#language #history #science

August 2014

Before the Great War, people travelled freely without passports or identification

#travel #politics #history

April 2014

5 Things You Only Know If You Grew Up in a Communist Regime

#romania #history #humor

March 2014

11 Remarkable Ways Detroit Changed The World For The Better

#cities #history

The 1,500 year old schism fuelling the clash between Russia and the West

#politics #history

August 2013

500 New Fairy Tales Discovered in Germany

#books #history

June 2013

Check Out These Gorgeous Color Photos From World War II

#war #history #photos

Using Metadata to find Paul Revere

#america #history #science

May 2013

What if people told European history like they told Native American history?

#america #history

February 2013

Reconstructing the Chelyabinsk meteor’s path, with Google Earth, YouTube and high-school math

#space #science #history #internet

January 2013

On Artifacts Future and Past

#art #history #space #tech #culture