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.

Swedish Earth Cabins

Tuesday February 27, 2018

In the 20th century, architects designed towers that reached for the skies. But in 17th-century Sweden, they steered their constructions in the other direction: underground. 

Ask a Librarian

Sunday February 18, 2018

Before Google, our inane questions were answered by patient librarians. The New York Public Library unearthed a box of these questions from the '40s – and they’re amazing.

From the original Joffrey to Russia’s craziest tyrant, here are five Great Villains of History who could have done with a good hug.