History

Everything you wanted to know about water monsters, from island-sized turtles to evil, sexy horses.

One day, a pioneering pilot complained to his pal about the difficulty of checking his pocket watch whilst flying. The friend happened to be a jeweller by the name of Cartier… 

Just when you thought there was nothing left to learn about your literary heroes, along comes a study correlating their wake-up times and literary output. Grab your alarm clock and read on…

So much for almond milk being a 21st-century health trend – turns out it was the beverage (and culinary ingredient) of choice among the medieval super-rich. Blancmange, anyone?

Thinking about getting some ink? Or just after some audacious advice for 2018? Check out these pearls of wisdom from Sailor Jerry, the father of the old-school American tattoo (not to mention a rather tasty brand of spiced rum)... 

We kind of fell in love with this story of a group of totally untrained classical musos – including a young Brian Eno – who, despite being terrible, ended up becoming a minor hit. 

How They Made Wallpaper in the 1960s

Wednesday January 03, 2018

We’ve uncovered a gem from the British Pathé vaults: a weirdly mesmerising short film about the old art of hand-blocked wallpaper printing.

 

“Work more and better. Don't get lonesome. Wash teeth if any.” The singer’s resolutions from 1943 are full of good advice, if only we could make it stick.

The Dark Side of Christmas

Sunday December 17, 2017

Halloween was supposed to be the scary holiday. Here are four weird things about Christmas everyone gladly ignores to make it less terrifying.

We loved catching up with photographer Eamon Donnelly about his mission to capture just about every milk bar in the country, before they disappear.