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The Wooden Streets Of Philadelphia

Saturday November 26, 2016

One of America’s last wood-paved streets is proving to be a bit of a nightmare for conservationists. 

Postcards from American History

Monday November 14, 2016

This collection of old postcards and found photos is a safe place to retreat to when the real world feels a little too real.

When the world’s greatest magician wasn’t entertaining a crowd, he was exposing other tricksters who pretended to be mystics. 

Nazi Helmet Pots and Pans

Thursday November 03, 2016

This 1946 German newsreel answers a question we never thought to ask: what happened to all those old Nazi helmets after Germany lost the war?

Saving for the End of the World

Sunday October 16, 2016

In the event of a nuclear apocalypse, the U.S. Federal Reserve had a secret bunker – and four billion dollars in cash – hidden in this totally not suspicious-looking building.

Petrol pumps might soon become a thing of the past (at least if Tesla has its way). But this petrol pump museum should still get some hearts racing. 

He escaped the Nazis before inventing everything from spaceship cameras to talking doormats. But for most people, Ralph Baer will be remembered as the father of video games. We take a look back at some of his contraptions.

These photos offer a rare glimpse of early 20th century life in the Empire of the Sun.

The DIY Spitfire Repairman

Monday September 26, 2016

Meet the man dedicating his time – and driveway – to restoring WWII-era Spitfires.

The Last Floating Post Office

Monday September 19, 2016

In an age where post offices already seem quaint, a post office boat is an especially charming novelty. 

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