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These Richly Detailed Maps Give The Modern World A Victorian Twist

Wouldn’t we all love to live in a city where floating dirigibles shared the horizon alongside the glass towers of our modern skylines? Such is the wild world featured in the highly complex, geographically accurate illustrations of Icelandic artist Kristjana S. Williams, whose maps are part of an exhibition for the London Design Festival that opened today.


How Cotton Candy Was Popularised By... A Dentist

Cotton candy, in all of its colourful, puffy glory, is one of those timeless treats capable of evoking childhood with one disintegrating bite.


Get Lost In This Map Of 170,000 Photos From Depression-Era America

Some of the most haunting images of the US were captured from 1935 to 1945, as the country emerged from the depths of the Great Depression and rallied for World War II. A team from Yale has collaborated on one of the most visually stunning interpretations of the era, called Photogrammar: 170,000 photos from the period, plotted on a map of the country.


Egypt's Oldest Pyramid Is Being Destroyed By The Company Hired To Fix It

Saqqara, in Egypt, is the oldest stone complex ever built by humans — and within it sits the oldest pyramid in Egypt. It’s a piece of irreplaceable history that’s been crumbling for 4600 years. But according to one local report, it’s currently being destroyed by the company hired to “restore” it.


The Bizarre History Of X-Ray Records And Early Music Piracy

Thanks to the internet’s amazing capacity for self-recycling, articles about Soviet pirate recordings made of X-rays pop up frequently in my feeds. These popular, widely-shared posts explain how, in the 1950s and ’60s, music fans in the Soviet Union fabricated bootlegged recordings of banned western music — and they used old X-rays to do it. In reality, the story of these records extends even further back than the USSR.


A Brief Visual History Of Adidas On Its 65th Birthday

65 years ago today, a young man in Germany registered his shoe company after a fight with his brother. His name was Adi Dassler, and his company is Adidas. Over half a century later, Adidas is worth $US6.8 billion. Come with us and take a visual walk through the company’s earliest designs.


These GIFs From The Smithsonian Archives Make History Come To Life

The charm of a perfect looping image cannot be denied. Old timey illustrations are delightful nostalgia inducers. Pair ‘em together and hot damn: That is a recipe for sure-fire internet love. Drawing from seemingly endless stores of digitised archives, the Smithsonian Libraries have been posting original gifs on their Tumblr, and — spoiler alert — they’re wonderful.


A Forgotten Einstein Model Of The Universe Describes The Big Crunch

Way back in 1931, Albert Einstein visited the US for three months. Inspired by meetings with Edwin Hubble, he began thinking about the universe differently, writing a paper in four days to get down his thoughts — and now, those first scribblings have been translated into English for the first time.


X-Ray Reveals Real Human Teeth In 300-Year-Old Jesus Statue

During an otherwise routine restoration, researchers at Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History (NIAH) made an unprecedented discovery. As it turns out, the 18th century statue of Christ they’d been X-raying was fitted with actual, 100 per cent human pearly whites — totally intact all the way to the roots.


The Palestine Conflict History Explained In One Absurd Animation

This animated short by Nina Paley — in the tradition of the best Monty Python music skits — might not be an orthodox history lesson, but it’s an accurate depiction of the horrible 6000-year bloodshed in the region of Palestine, with dozens of tribes and nations fighting each other to claim ownership of that land.


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