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The Secret History Of Emergency Exits

When designing a commercial structure, there is one safety component that must be designed right into the building from the start: egress.


The Secret Solid Marble Bathtubs In The US Senate's Boiler Room

In 1869, the bathtubs in the basement of the US Capitol building looked something like the painting below.


How A Simple Design Error Could Have Toppled A NYC Skyscraper

When it was built in 1977, Citicorp Center (later renamed Citigroup Center, now called 601 Lexington) was, at 59 stories, the seventh-tallest building in the world. You can pick it out of the New York City skyline by its 45-degree angled top.


The Untold History Of Where Barcodes Come From

When George Laurer goes to the grocery store, he doesn’t tell the check-out people that he invented the barcode, but his wife used to point it out. “My husband here’s the one who invented that barcode,” she’d occasionally say. And the checkout people would look at him like, “You mean there was a time when we didn’t have barcodes?”


The College Kid Who Built A Secret Tunnel Underneath The Berlin Wall

At its peak, the Berlin Wall was 100 miles long. Today only about a mile is left standing. Compared with other famous walls in history, this wall had a pretty short life span.


Cover Story: The Fascinating Anatomy Of A Magazine Cover

You know the saying: you can’t judge a book by its cover. With magazines, it’s pretty much the opposite. The cover of a magazine is the unified identity for a whole host of ideas, authors, and designers who have created the eclectic array of stories and articles and materials within each issue. And, some would argue, this identity extends to the reader as well.So if, say, you’re seen with an issue of Vogue, you’re don’t just own that copy — you become a Vogue reader.