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Introducing the Jungle Yacht

Tuesday July 25, 2017

In the 1930s, an Indiana Jones type looking to travel in decadent luxury had one option: the "deluxe apartment on wheels" known as the "Jungle Yacht". 

The discovery of this ‘prehistoric’ prosthesis shows just how skilled the ancient Egyptians were at making stuff.

In 1986, the city of Cleveland released 1.5 million balloons into the air. What could go wrong? A lot, it turns out.

How a robot-wielding nuclear scientist at NASA accidentally invented the world's best water pistol.

The Hill’s Hoist. The black box. The bionic ear. It’s a hallowed list of Australian inventions, but it’s missing something big: WiFi.

From the skate rinks of California to the halls of Ridgemont High, we take a look back at the slacker shoe that could. 

War. (Huh. Good god.) What is it good for? According to the publishers of this WWI-era book, teaching kids the alphabet.

Forget blacksmithing and candlemaking: if you're feeling nostalgic for trades of the past, consider the life of the professional rat-catcher. 

The Day Niagara Falls Ran Dry

Tuesday June 20, 2017

In 1969, Niagara Falls ran dry for the first time in 12,000 years. These photos show just how awe-inspiring the waterless Falls must have been.

The story of how WWI-era Britain tried to camouflage its warships – not by blending them into the background, but turning them into surreal works of art. 

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