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Get Out Of The Way: A History Of How Ambulance Lights Save Lives

Get Out Of The Way: A History Of How Ambulance Lights Save Lives

For as ear-piercing as ambulance sirens are, you’d think they’d be better alert systems. Truth is: they’re shockingly ineffective. Drivers register the sound only at close proximity and at very low speeds. Guessing from which direction the ambulance will appear is always tricky too — especially when the new Daft…

Toilet Paper: A Brief, Sometimes Painful History

Toilet Paper: A Brief, Sometimes Painful History

Seinfeld excelled at criticism of the everyday. A few months ago, Sam Anderson suggested that Roland Barthes was the father of pop cultural criticism and that we are all now cultural critics in the Barthian vein, “decoding everything”. Perhaps. But if Barthes gave us serious criticism of popular culture, Seinfeld…

From Fish Bladders To The Reservoir Tip: The History Of Condom Design

From Fish Bladders To The Reservoir Tip: The History Of Condom Design

You’re out for the night, and you’re (hopefully) going to get some game. It starts at a bar or a BBQ or your living room — wherever you go to meet a private dance partner. You get ready to get sweaty. And then, the grab for contraception: “Honey/dude/whatsyourname, can you…