History

During the Cold War, America’s leading spy agency relied on an unusual weapon to stop its employees spilling state secrets: motivational posters.

The Penguin Effect

Monday January 14, 2019

How a brotherly brainstorm caused the biggest publishing event since the invention of the printing press.

Imagine hand-drawing an atlas of the whole Western world, without the use of satellites. These Soviet cartographers came startlingly close.

Scary Santas

Tuesday December 25, 2018

Merry Christmas! Now please enjoy these archival photos of sinister-looking Santas from the 19th century.

Merry Christmas! Here are some creepy Victorian-era Christmas cards of dead birds and frogs stabbing each other for some reason.

Remembering the Great Emu War of 1932

Tuesday December 11, 2018

It's been 86 years since Australia went to war with the emu – and lost.

Jack was paid 20 cents a day and half a bottle of beer every week.

The little fellas can survive in deep space and have ties to white-supremacist groups. A mixed bag, all in all. 

Nine hundred classic arcade games have been put on the internet. For free. There goes the weekend.

A physics professor from Adelaide says he’s just cracked a 70-year-old murder mystery. But the rest of the story is stranger than you might imagine.