A Short Comic About The Time New York Outlawed Pinball

Pinball may seem today like one of the most innocent of pastimes, but in 1942, the game was banned in New York City. Why? And what happened to all those machines? This short comic by Julia Wertz has the answer. » 3/27/15 2:40pm Friday 2:40pm

​Stop-Motion Animation Explains How Ancient Romans Built Trajan's Column

Trajan's Column in Rome commemorates Emperor Trajan's victory over Dacian Wars in 155 bas relief scenes. This stop-motion video outlines the current theory on how the towering structure was built. » 3/26/15 3:40pm Thursday 3:40pm

This Expedition Helped Decide The Location Of The Panama Canal

In 1871, the USS Nipsic went to Limon Bay to scout out an appropriate location for the north end of the then-soon-to-be-constructed Panama Canal. » 3/26/15 2:30pm Thursday 2:30pm

The First Brand Manager Was a 1st Century Roman Glassblower

Ennion made me. Those were the words molded on glass vases and jars that survived centuries of dust, change, and trauma all over the classical world. But who was Ennion? And how, in the early years of the world, did his glassware become so famous? » 3/25/15 8:34pm Wednesday 8:34pm

Unexploded 500 Pound WWII-Era Bomb Causes Evacuation In London

The Second World War just doesn't seem to want to go away. Earlier this week, a construction crew working in London, England, accidentally stumbled upon a rather large undetonated bomb, resulting in the evacuation of some 1,200 residents. » 3/25/15 1:40pm Wednesday 1:40pm

This Lost Map Changed How We Saw the World

In 1815 William Smith drew a map of the United Kingdom which transformed the scientific landscape: It laid the foundations for modern geology, and identified natural resources which would beget the Industrial Revolution. But up until last year, this first-edition copy was considered to be lost forever. » 3/24/15 6:01pm 3/24/15 6:01pm

The Last 200 Years Of U.S. Immigration In One Chart

Just how much has the United States depended on immigrants to build itself throughout its history? This chart lays out the last few hundred years of the nation's immigration rates to show how pivotal it was. » 3/23/15 9:20am 3/23/15 9:20am

A Secret Nazi Hideout May Have Been Discovered In An Argentine Jungle

A new discovery suggests the Nazis made it further into the jungles of South America than previously realized. A team of Argentine archaeologists say they've stumbled upon a secret German lair built by the Nazis during the Second World War. » 3/23/15 7:40am 3/23/15 7:40am

How Venice Fought Homosexuality With The "Bridge Of Breasts"

This bridge once held magical properties that could turn homosexual men into heterosexual men — properties held in such high regard that the Council of Venice actually sponsored them. But then, what else would you expect of a crosswalk dubbed "The Bridge of Breasts"? » 3/23/15 6:30am 3/23/15 6:30am

This Woodcut from 19th Century Japan Reveals Deep LOLcat History

This video is an animation based on a Japanese woodcut called "Popular Hotspring Spa (of Cats)." It's from 1880, but artist Utagawa Yoshifuji's imaginary world of spa cats looks like something that's unfolding at the intersection of LOLcat and internetville. » 3/23/15 3:04am 3/23/15 3:04am

This Pigeon-Guided Missile System Was (Thankfully) Never Deployed

Yesterday, in 1904, pyschologist B.F. Skinner was born. His contribution to the world? This pigeon-guided missile system, among other things. Yes, really. » 3/21/15 4:33pm 3/21/15 4:33pm

These Historic American WWII Posters Haven't Been Seen Since 1954

Grove City College archivist Hilary Walczak recently stumbled upon 175 American propaganda posters locked away in a library cabinet. Dating back to the Second World War, they haven't been seen since the library opened over 60 years ago. » 3/19/15 8:20am 3/19/15 8:20am

50 Years Ago, The First Spacewalk Nearly Ended In Tragedy

On March 18, 1965, Alexey Leonov stepped outside the thin metal shell of Voskhod-2 to float in the harsh void of space. For 12 minutes and 9 seconds, Leonov opened the doors on an entire new branch of exploration as the first spacewalker. It was nearly a disaster. » 3/18/15 11:25pm 3/18/15 11:25pm

The Historical Snub Hidden In Canada's Map

Maps seem like the most utilitarian of objects, but hidden in between all that functional information there are some strange stories. Here's how a 19th-century postal service bureaucrat hid a snub against France that's still in Canada's modern map. » 3/17/15 4:20pm 3/17/15 4:20pm

7 Ways That People Died Trying To Become Immortal

Would you risk your life if you thought it might mean extending it? Would you die now if you thought you could be revived at some point in the future? Here are cases of people who went to extremes for immortality or their very own fountains of youth — and killed themselves in the process. » 3/17/15 10:17am 3/17/15 10:17am

Who Is The Most Fascinating Figure In Your Area's Local History?

History is filled with great stories and unique characters, but sometimes the best stories never spread much beyond their own region. Today we want to know about the fascinating characters that people don't hear enough about outside of your immediate locale. » 3/17/15 7:20am 3/17/15 7:20am

A 500-Year-Old Eulogy, Written On An Ostrich Egg

Add this to the list of ancient texts written on unconventional media: An ostrich egg, discovered in more than 100 pieces in the remains of a mausoleum in Egypt, covered with a eulogy penned in Arabic script. » 3/16/15 3:20pm 3/16/15 3:20pm

How This Woman's Guts Were Inadvertently Turned Into A Bomb

History is peppered with incidents that would not be believed if they were written in fiction. Here is the ridiculous life, and even more ridiculous death, of Anne Marie Louise d'Orleans, a woman who nearly killed her mourners at her own funeral. » 3/16/15 6:30am 3/16/15 6:30am

The 14 Most Loathsome Figures Of The Second World War

World War II is remembered for its cruelty and ferocious violence, a global conflict that claimed the lives of nearly 60 million people. It was a war that featured no shortage of heinous individuals — these 14 being among the very worst. » 3/11/15 9:00am 3/11/15 9:00am