History

Gin vs vodka. Shaken vs stirred. Dry vs wet. As if martini drinkers weren’t opinionated enough, here’s another question for them to debate: just who invented the drink anyway?

This old test for military recruits reads more like a collab between Dr Seuss and a surrealist poet.

It was Colombia vs Peru one fateful night in 1976, when two literary titans clashed for reasons that remain unknown to this day. Unlike the World Cup, though, there were no winners.

Swashbuckling renegade, hirsute hell-raiser, maritime menace: the reputation of fearsome 18th-century pirate Blackbeard precedes him. But bookworm? A new discovery suggests so.

And it’s nearly 100 years old.

Censorship's nothing new... but how do you manage to get an instrumental piece of music banned? Just ask the iconoclastic Link Wray.

The Bumpy History of Corduroy

Wednesday March 28, 2018

Bet you didn't know there used to be a Corduroy Day, not to mention a Corduroy Appreciation Club. Turns out there's a reason it translates as 'cloth of the king'...

New South Wales shows off its post-apocalyptic side with these haunting, not-quite-abandoned settler huts from the 1920s.

 

Classic Cars: Phoenix Campervan

Saturday March 10, 2018

The Phoenix might be the strangest (read: coolest) looking camper van we’ve ever seen. And with these recently unearthed instructions (and a working knowledge of your local wreckers), you can even build your own.

The Secret Life of Ken

Thursday March 08, 2018

He’s supposed to be the very definition of rugged masculinity. But Barbie’s beau has led a surprisingly fluid life throughout the ages.