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How a ‘Gonzo’ Press Gang Forged the Ned Kelly Legend

Washington Post publisher, Philip L. Graham, famously declared that journalism is the “first rough draft of history”. It’s also the first rough draft of inspiration for movies and books “based on a true story”. Since four Victorian journalists witnessed Ned Kelly’s last stand on June 28 1880, their vivid accounts…

Illustration: Angelica Alzona, Gizmodo

What Technology Has Accidentally Killed the Most People?

Show me a museum of important historical inventors and I will show you a gallery of deluded mass murderers. I’m not talking about machine gun manufacturers or nuclear scientists — those people, at least, have some sense of what they’re up to. I’m talking about the folks behind the printing…