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From Columbus's first sketches of America to the digital cartography of Minecraft, the maps in this book mightn’t help you get from A to B. But they say a lot about how we see the world. (And we’ve got copies to give away).

One hundred years ago, a chap strolled off to an auction hoping to buy some dining chairs. He came back owning Stonehenge.

Dance Like Dick

Friday September 25, 2015

Hitting the town? Need to brush up on your dance moves? Dick Blake’s hilarious ’60s dance manual should put a kick in your step (or a smile on your face).

Russia’s Abandoned Space Shuttles

Wednesday September 23, 2015

Once the pride of the Soviet space program, these abandoned space shuttles now gather dust in a derelict Kazakh hanger. Photographer Ralph Mirebs snuck in to check them out.

The Lucky Charms of World War I

Monday September 21, 2015

Edward Lovett was a successful bank cashier by day. But by night, he had a curious hobby: collecting the lucky charms soldiers carried with them into World War I.

Before The Muppets, Jim Henson produced no less than 179 oddly violent commercials for Wilkins Coffee. And they're a blast to watch.

In 1977, NASA launched a gold-plated disk of audio recordings from Earth into outer space. Now they’ve uploaded it to the internet. Grab your headphones.

The Presidential Pet Museum

Sunday September 13, 2015

Dogs. Cats. Alligators. All sorts of animals have called the White House home over the years. And the Presidential Pet Museum is dedicated to preserving their legacy.

The Only Way to Fly?

Friday September 04, 2015

With its pianos and cocktail bars, aviation used to be a ritzy affair. Today's planes can hardly compete – but it turns out we might actually be better off for it.

Traditional gun dancing in Saudi Arabia

Thursday September 03, 2015

One of the Middle East’s strangest traditions requires nerves of steel and a good sense of rhythm. 



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