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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. 



The World's First Smart Alec

Tuesday September 01, 2015

Every friendship group has one. And it turns out the original 'smart alec' was as disagreeable a chap as you might expect.

Classic Cars: Phoenix Campervan

Friday August 28, 2015

The Phoenix might be the strangest (read: coolest) looking camper van we’ve ever seen. And with these recently unearthed instructions (and a working knowledge of your local wreckers), you can even build your own.

Solomon’s Noose (book giveaway)

Tuesday August 25, 2015

A new book examining the life of Tasmania’s first hangman paints a vivid picture of life in colonial Australia. And we’ve got some copies to give away.

House of Rock

Monday August 24, 2015

When it all gets too much, it's nice to know you can flee to the countryside and carve a house out of a boulder – just like this 15th-century Romanian monk did.

We tend to think of submarines as modern, metallic machines, but the very first one was actually built out of wood, and looked like a sunken Viking ship.

Horse Skull Soundsystem

Tuesday August 04, 2015

A new archeological dig suggests that horse skulls may have been used as primitive amplifiers, making them the most metal sound system ever.

Bored? Build your own model communist utopia with these old Russian activity books.

Cooking with Liberace

Friday July 24, 2015

It mightn't make you hungry, but Liberace's recently unearthed cookbook from the '70s should certainly entertain.

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