History

In 1986, the city of Cleveland released 1.5 million balloons into the air. What could go wrong? A lot, it turns out.

How a robot-wielding nuclear scientist at NASA accidentally invented the world's best water pistol.

The Hill’s Hoist. The black box. The bionic ear. It’s a hallowed list of Australian inventions, but it’s missing something big: WiFi.

From the skate rinks of California to the halls of Ridgemont High, we take a look back at the slacker shoe that could. 

War. (Huh. Good god.) What is it good for? According to the publishers of this WWI-era book, teaching kids the alphabet.

Forget blacksmithing and candlemaking: if you're feeling nostalgic for trades of the past, consider the life of the professional rat-catcher. 

The Day Niagara Falls Ran Dry

Tuesday June 20, 2017

In 1969, Niagara Falls ran dry for the first time in 12,000 years. These photos show just how awe-inspiring the waterless Falls must have been.

The story of how WWI-era Britain tried to camouflage its warships – not by blending them into the background, but turning them into surreal works of art. 

Slayings, "misadventure" and murderous clerks: welcome to death, medieval-style. 

Bukowski delivered mail, Stephen King cleaned schools and Jack Kerouac washed dishes.