History

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. 

As the debate in parliament this week shows, the origins of Australia's saltiest, carbiest, most deeply fried cuisine are hotly contested. We sort fact from fiction in this exclusive exposé.

A new database from Moscow lets people explore 150 years of Russian history in photos.

Does turkey really put you to sleep? And is it racist? The answers to all these questions (and one more) are revealed in this new fortnightly listicle from Ingredipedia. It might just help you in a trivia night, but probably won’t. 

Some of the world’s most difficult exams are also some of the strangest. We take a brief look at four of them.

The Rescued Film Project

Tuesday July 26, 2016

This group of found-film collectors believes every undeveloped photo deserves to be seen – from your 1992 family reunion to the snaps of an unknown WWII solider.

Can’t wait til September for your Paralympics fix? Rare footage from the 1972 Heidelberg Games has just been discovered, and it’s a moustachioed, flare-panted trip back in time.