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You Can Buy An Ejector Seat From An F-4 Phantom For Quick Escapes

If you’re an aviation enthusiast, there’s a lot of fun stuff to be found in Boeing’s online store. But none are as unique — and some would say even historic — as this authentic de-commissioned ejector seat from an McDonnell F-4 Phantom II fighter jet, one of the US military’s workhorses of the Vietnam War.


Some People In The 19th Century Called Brunch 'Blunch'

There are all kinds of dark alternate histories to think about. What if the Nazis had won World War II? What if the doomsday prophecies about 2012 had made any sense? And what if brunch had actually been called blunch?


Is That A Depression-Era Projector In Your Pocket Or Are You Just...

The June 1930 issue of Science and Invention magazine featured this amazing little pocket projector. But much like other small handheld gadgets of the time, it was pretty impractical given its battery needs.


The London Beer Flood Killed Eight People 200 Years Ago Today

On October 17, 1814, a million litres of beer were unleashed onto London’s streets. The 4.5m tall tidal wave of booze crashed into buildings and flooded cellars, even killing eight especially unfortunate souls. The culprit? A busting vat.


A Brief History Of Buildings That Spin

It wasn’t just the recipes that were faddish. The 1960s were halcyon times for restaurant experiences that hold almost no appeal today, from the dine-o-mat to the drive-in diner. But one curious product of this era had true staying power: the revolving restaurant.


The Cute Animated History Of The Van

Though this animation bit is made by Mercedes Benz and probably goes through a little revisionist history on who invented the van (Benz says it was Benz), it’s still a cute take on the history of such an important vehicle in the history of mankind. Yes, the van was and still is important.


What It Was Like To Be Online During The '80s

Before Google Fiber, before broadband, before you got bombarded with enough AOL free trial CDs to build your family a (very pointy and ineffective) home, the internet was a vastly simpler thing. Here are two first-hand accounts of internet life in the ’80s, when porn was restricted to asterisks and dashes and the screeching sound of dial-up was music to young computer geeks’ ears.


An Artist Whose Career Is Based Entirely On Other People's Photographs

Why take photos when millions upon millions of people are taking billions upon billions of them every single day, of every subject imaginable? Artist Joachim Schmid has been obsessed with other people’s photos for years, collecting and re-packaging them as art objects. This great video from the Carnegie Museum of Art’s Invisible Photograph series takes a look at Schmid’s odd practice.


The US Once Considered Using 23 Nuclear Bombs To Blast Out A Highway

Rising out of California’s Mojave Desert are the Bristol Mountains, 1200m of rock blocking easy passage through the scorching desert. For decades, Route 66 and the Santa Fe Railway have had to bend south, acquiescing to the mountains’ height. But in the 1960s, at the peak of atomic age, we had a plan to blast through the mountains once and for all — with nuclear bombs, of course.


You Can Buy This Window From The Manhattan Project For A Small Fortune

Bonhams auction house is gearing up for a big “History of Science” sale on October 22. Among the many intriguing lots is a slab of unique glass used during one of the darkest scientific pursuits we’ve ever embarked upon: The Manhattan Project. But don’t worry. It’s not radioactive.


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