The real viking

Thursday August 02, 2012

We all know what vikings look like: long, ragged beards, horned helmets, lots of nasty/heroic scars and a general ambience of dirt. They were men's men, killing at will and laughing in the face of personal hygiene. Or were they?

Liquid Gold

Tuesday July 31, 2012

One enterprising brewer is getting into the spirit of the London Olympics by reviving a beer popular the first time the Games were held there – all the way back in 1908. 

Why do we wear pants?

Friday July 20, 2012

Classify under: History We Never Thought We'd Think About. Evolutionary biologist Peter Turchin has been researching pants. 

Mark Twain's masterclass

Tuesday July 10, 2012

Mark Twain was not a man that you wanted to anger. His 1895 Fenimore Cooper's Literary Offences may be the best essay on bad writing ever written.

Monochrome no more

Tuesday July 03, 2012

It's easy to create a black and white photo, just click the desaturate button. But it's substantially more difficult and time-consuming to colour a grayscale image.

D-Day Puzzler

Tuesday June 26, 2012

Back during the World War II, the motto amongst Allied soldiers was "Loose lips sink ships." What they meant was: talking in front of the wrong people could conceivably cost lives. And ships. 

Pre-Photoshop Photoshopping

Tuesday June 12, 2012

Nowadays it's commonplace to filter images, remove red eyes, touch up blemishes and airbrush away kilograms. But people were tampering with photos long before Photoshop came along.

Famous Vinyl

Tuesday May 22, 2012

One day, 50 years from now, will anyone be poring over photos of celebrities with their iPods? You'd think not, but if they are in their underwear you never know. 

Party like it's 1849

Friday May 18, 2012

Turns out the perfect way to store beer is at the bottom of the ocean in cool, complete darkness. Proof? A beer from the 1840s has been retrieved from the bottom of the Baltic Sea. 

The Biggert Collection

Wednesday May 09, 2012

Strange but true: this stash of bank paraphernalia contains some seriously impressive bits of graphic design.