Past Predictions

Wednesday January 01, 2014

Rather than make our own ill-fated predictions about 2014, here’s a list of 28 prophecies from over 100 years ago that prove that predicting the future is hard work.

Across and Down

Saturday December 21, 2013

Today marks 100 years since the first crossword was put to paper by a harried newspaper man. Author and crossword setter David Astle pens a quick ode to the old gal. 

We don't just read autobiographies for the one character. The greatest accounts accept the truth that no one goes at it alone.

Marketing Master

Wednesday December 04, 2013

Evel Knievel was the undisputed King of the daredevils, but one of his lesser-known skills was as a master of marketing.

Roman Chef

Saturday November 23, 2013

Forget time travel: to live like the Romans you need only don a toga, buy some ostrich meat and follow this handy collection of ancient recipes.

The Triple Underpass: A JFK Reader

Friday November 22, 2013

Today marks 50 years since the assassination of John F. Kennedy, but what do we actually know?

Popular History of Halloween Costumes

Thursday October 31, 2013

Halloween, that increasingly less-American holiday of holidays, is upon us again. This infographic charts the history of the most popular costumes over the years.

R.I.P. Lou Reed

Monday October 28, 2013

The Velvet Underground only sold 30,000 copies of their debut album. But as music iconoclast Brian Eno famously noted: "Everyone who bought one of those 30,000 copies started a band."

Sunday Reading: Cluetopia

Sunday October 20, 2013

A regular contributor to Smith, we've considered approaching David Astle about being the patron saint of our little magazine. An unashamed nerd, the man plays with words the way Michael Jordan used to handle a basketball. 

A brief history of popcorn

Friday October 18, 2013

Popcorn may be a modern day movie staple, but for years those wanting to eat the buttery yellow stuff while watching the latest Marx Brothers caper had to sneak it in.