Daily Rituals

Monday April 29, 2013

Mason Currey has made a website, book and career from researching the routines and rituals of successful writers, politicians, philosophers and scientists. Here are some of the best.

How to Play Two-up

Thursday April 25, 2013

It's a day to commemorate those who have served our country, but ANZAC Day is also about Two-up. It's known as 'Australia's Game', but how many of us actually know what a 'spinner' is, or where to find the best round?

History Calling

Wednesday April 10, 2013

Forty. It’s the new 30, which, depending on your state of arrested development, may also be the new 20. It’s also the age of the humble mobile phone, which, unlike us, is actually getting smarter as it gets older.

Dino Meat

Friday March 29, 2013

With the promise of vat-grown meat looming around the corner, people have already started wondering how far we can push the carnivore envelope...

The Original Smiley

Friday March 22, 2013

It has run the gauntlet from misbegotten advertising icon to symbol of the rave movement to cornerstone of modern conversation, but how did the classic smiley originate?

Real Life Deadwood

Wednesday February 27, 2013

The criminally short-lived HBO series Deadwood showed the Wild West to be as foul-mouthed as urban Baltimore. Turns out the inhabitants of an actual South Dakotan mining town were more likely to cuss "consarn it" than drop the C-bomb.

Comfortably Numb

Monday February 18, 2013

The Ramones weren't the first or last people to "wanna be sedated". A new exhibit at the University of Sydney about the history of anesthesia covers the topic, for both medical and self-medicating purposes.

After Hours At The Museum

Wednesday January 30, 2013

Museums are basically theme parks for science geeks. The joy of immersing yourself in all that dinosaur-riddled knowledge is second to none, with the exception of being one of the lucky bastards whose job it is to set that shit up.

Silent Speeches

Thursday January 24, 2013

We often talk about history in terms of what could have been – what might have happened had Hitler not invaded Russia, or had the Cuban Missile Crisis escalated, or had Sarah Palin been elected? 

Medicinal Snacks

Tuesday January 08, 2013

Dr Pepper brain tonic. A Corn Flake hospital diet. Fig Newton digestive aids. Here are some snacks that were once marketed as medicines.