The Invention of Sliced Bread

Tuesday July 16, 2013

Everybody has a crazed elderly relative who uses the term "the best thing since sliced bread". Turns out sliced bread was invented in 1928, which means crazed relatives have been using that term for 85 years this year.

Classic Cars: MINI

Thursday July 11, 2013

The cars we love aren't always the fastest, the flashest or the most powerful. This new history section nods to cars that have an effortless, timeless cool. We thought we'd start small. And they don't come smaller than this.

History of the Pencil

Wednesday July 10, 2013

Overlooked by pen license-carrying adults everywhere, the pencil has a long and storied history to rival its bolder cousin. 

Lies, damned lies and QWERTY

Wednesday July 03, 2013

That ‘fact’ about the QWERTY keyboard being designed to slow typists down? It’s false. Update your conversation-starter guidebooks accordingly.

The past has a funny way of leaving clues for future generations. Mammoths trapped in ice. Fossilised dinosaur footprints. Poo.

The Opera House Project

Friday June 14, 2013

Can you imagine Sydney without the Opera House? On its 40th birthday the historic sails have been honoured in a encyclopaedic, mixed-media website.

Atari Graveyard

Saturday June 08, 2013

So universally panned was the E.T. videogame, that when Atari found itself stuck with millions of unsold cartridges, it dug a hole in the New Mexico desert and threw them in, literally hiding their shame. Now a film crew wants to dig them up.

Who the hell is Joe?

Friday June 07, 2013

How did a guy named Joe get his name on one of the most popular drinks in the world, some 700 years after it was invented? Turns out, it wasn’t entirely his idea.

Every year, ten new sound recordings are added to the National Registry of Recorded Sound in recognition of their cultural and historical significance to Australian life. And you can nominate what makes it in this year.

Australian Deadwood

Friday May 10, 2013

The most important historical records of Australia’s gold rush were discovered by accident in a suburban garden shed. How they got there we don’t know, but that’s a pretty Aussie way to store our heritage.