History

Vox Popping the Question

Friday October 06, 2017

Ever wondered what a plebiscite's ever done for us? (Clue: We held one back in the day to choose our national anthem.)

Marngrook, which some believe was the original Aussie Rules, involved 50 players to a side, went for two days straight and was played with a possum skin ball.

A Scandi webcomic artist has completely drawn us in with her language tree (and her mother tongue of Finnish is really out on a limb).

Abandoned Nuclear Missile Bases

Monday September 25, 2017

It’s not at the top of most people’s bucket lists, but this man realised his dream of photographing the world’s decommissioned nuclear missile bases. He located them with the help of Google Earth.  

The 900-Year-Old Manicule

Friday September 08, 2017

Calling all punctuation nerds: we offer you a brief history of the manicule, aka the creepy little hand-drawn pointer from old ‘Wanted’ posters. 

The Subterranean Mail Rail

Sunday September 03, 2017

Beneath the streets of London is a hidden subway that only carried mail. 

Board an international flight these days and unless it’s a truly budget affair, you’ll probably enjoy an endless selection of on-board films. But have any of them ever included live orchestral accompaniment? In 1925 there was a time when this was actually a thing, though quite literally ‘a time’, as it only happened once.

From an abandoned tower in deserted Russian swampland, a radio frequency is being emitted – only nobody knows who, or what, is causing it. 

Elvis: Dead… or Just Disappeared?

Wednesday August 23, 2017

This month marks the 40th anniversary of Elvis’ death – at least, it does for those who believe he is actually dead. 

Calling the Mojave Phone Booth

Friday August 18, 2017

For years, lonely people looking for a chat could call this mysterious pay phone in the middle of the Mojave Desert.