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Ask a Librarian

Sunday February 18, 2018

Before Google, our inane questions were answered by patient librarians. The New York Public Library unearthed a box of these questions from the '40s – and they’re amazing.

The poignant, funny, poetic last words of Humphrey Bogart, Marie Antoinette, Thomas Edison and Emily Dickinson (now that'd make a good dinner party...). 

Japanese sculptor Haroshi combines his two great passions – skateboarding and art – into the most logical synthesis possible: skateboard art.

Venture inside the hidden world of one of America’s last pencil factories.   

Meet the chap who hand-knits the official sweater collections for Marvel movies, including the Afro-futuristic superhero flick Black Panther (out today). 

The Secret of How to Survive the 9-5

Tuesday February 13, 2018

German philosopher Joseph Pieper had a lot to say about work and play – and it’s strangely just as relevant now as it was in 1948 when he wrote it. We’ve summed up the vibe of the thing here.   

From the original Joffrey to Russia’s craziest tyrant, here are five Great Villains of History who could have done with a good hug.

One of the original greats from the 1950s shows us how it's done. 

Mystery of the Split Rocks

Saturday February 10, 2018

These two rocks in the Saudi Arabian desert are separated by a perfectly vertical gap, and no one knows why.

Turns out 2017 actually looked kinda nice from above.

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