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Turns out medieval re-enactments are bloodier than you think (but still unashamedly geeky).

Talk about music to your ears – Turkey’s ‘whistled language’ is perfect for chatting with friends across steep mountain valleys. But its days may be numbered, thanks to SMS and instant messenger. 

When Angie Polglaze’s art school teacher told her she wouldn’t be able to use the chainsaw, she picked it up and has barely put it down in 20 years. 

So much for almond milk being a 21st-century health trend – turns out it was the beverage (and culinary ingredient) of choice among the medieval super-rich. Blancmange, anyone?

Want to visit the Overlook Hotel? No, neither do we. But Claire Hentschker’s virtual tour of ‘The Shining’ is well worth checking out (or in).

Could We Be Martians?

Friday January 12, 2018

Humans are obsessed with finding ET… but does this meteorite evidence suggest that we’re the aliens?

The brainchild of an inventive disability advocate, this handsome globe – containing raised continents and braille – is getting digitised for a new generation. 

So – we recommend taking a week off work to explore some of the jaw-dropping footage just released from Princeton Uni's archive. Some of these recordings were deemed so fragile, they came close to never seeing the light of day at all. 

Thinking about getting some ink? Or just after some audacious advice for 2018? Check out these pearls of wisdom from Sailor Jerry, the father of the old-school American tattoo (not to mention a rather tasty brand of spiced rum)... 

We kind of fell in love with this story of a group of totally untrained classical musos – including a young Brian Eno – who, despite being terrible, ended up becoming a minor hit.