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.

Ask a Librarian

Thursday July 16, 2015

Before Google, our inane questions were answered by patient librarians. The New York Public Library recently unearthed a box of these questions from the '40s – and they’re amazing.

The Plot to Make Hitler a Woman

Tuesday July 14, 2015

Did you know the British once tried to turn Hitler into a woman with oestrogen-laced carrots? Neither did we.

The World Without Water

Friday July 10, 2015

This 17th-century map of the Earth without its oceans is a highly technical, strangely religious oddity.

The Misfit Economy (book giveaway)

Wednesday July 01, 2015

What can pirates, hackers and gangsters teach us about economics? A lot, says author Alexa Clay in her latest book The Misfit Economy, and in Smith Journal volume 15.

Old Aussie Knits

Saturday June 27, 2015

These vintage jumpers of Australian flora and fauna will make you long for a simpler, more hand-knitted time.

Making Money at Woodstock

Sunday June 21, 2015

Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and The Grateful Dead all played at Woodstock. But how much did they get paid?

History’s Weirdest Cameras

Friday June 19, 2015

A rifle-mounted hunting camera, a camera hidden in a book and one disguised as a pocket watch are just some of the oddities under the hammer in this auction.

America's Jewish population is celebrated for bringing everything from the bagel to good comedy to the New World. Turns out they're responsible for another American institution: the gangster.

Apollo 11's Customs Form

Saturday June 13, 2015

The first thing the Apollo 11 astronauts did when they returned from the moon wasn't attend a ticker tape parade or get checked for space madness. They filled out this customs form.