One woman’s trash is literally everyone else’s super-expensive, rare $200,000 piece of computer history. Most of the time, recycled electronics are too crappy to sell on Craigslist. But one California e-recycling center recently received one of the most coveted gadgets ever: A genuine Apple-1 computer. »
Researchers in fields from epidemiology to genetics are studying mummies, using the latest imaging technology. Now we know more than ever before about what lies beneath the mummies’ wrappings — and these long-dead people are telling us a lot about ancient lives and cultures. »
So much for leaving no trace: The Israeli Antiquities Authority is accusing the organizers of Midburn — the Israeli affiliate of Burning Man — of accidentally torching ancient remnants dating back to Paleolithic and Epipaleolithic periods. »
People have always wondered about sex, and as literacy became more widespread over the course of the seventeenth century in England, books appeared to feed that curiosity.
In 1953, a news boy got a nickel that felt too light. He suspected that he’d been cheated. Actually, he’d been given a nickel full of microfilm. And it was worth considerably more than the paper he was selling. »
In America, the fight for women’s suffrage began in 1848 at Seneca Falls, New York. There, 100 women signed the “Declaration of Sentiments,” which demanded they be given the right to vote by the federal government. But only one signer survived to see them get that right — Charlotte Woodward Pierce. »
Europe has surprisingly little genetic variety. Learning how and when the modern gene-pool came together has been a long journey. But thanks to new technological advances a picture is slowly coming together of repeated colonization by peoples from the east with more efficient lifestyles. »
It’s the 100th anniversary of the Quintinshill Rail Disaster — a horrific three-train collision that resulted in hundreds of casualties, the vast majority of them soldiers en route to the war. Here’s what happened on that tragic day. »
Five days after capturing the Iraqi city of Ramadi, ISIS forces have now taken the historic desert city of Palmyra in central Syria. Given Islamic State’s penchant for destroying historical artifacts and ancient monuments, there’s now concern that these ruins, a UN World Heritage site, could be destroyed. »
When we think of historical duels, we may tend to imagine two men handsomely dressed wielding pistols or swords over some offense to one party’s honor. One particular duel, however, presents a very different picture of honor battles. Not only was it between two women; it was between two women fighting topless.
A visitor from 100 years ago would be confused by our selfies and our strange toys — but they would understand the need to show off. Throughout history, people have had status symbols. Sometimes, these things have been gold and jewels. But sometimes, they’re a bit weirder. Here are 10 bizarre status symbols from the… »
Nearly 100 years ago, there was no drug to help with erectile dysfunction, but Bernard Scheinkman came up with an alternative. It’s not clear whether this nightmarish penile splint was ever manufactured — but you have to love the baroque logic of combining a cock ring, an open condom, and a shelf. »
Judging from this photograph, Camp No.1 on the Ochlockonee River in Florida is the best-dressed field camp I've ever seen. This dashing geoscientist was at a United States Geologic Survey field camp in 1907 to 1908. »
What you’re seeing is called fractional currency. The federal government issued a number of fractional bills during the Civil War. Find out why, and take a look at the mini-bills. »
In their battle against time, archivists have picked up a new weapon to bring back old manuscripts: dry ice. »
You can be famous. You don’t need any skills. You don’t need to do any good deeds (in fact, the more self-involved you are, the better). You only have to be patient and have a tolerance for being surrounded by crap. Take our advice, and start off on the multi-century road to fame. »