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Was Boris Johnson Trying to Quote Churchill During His Dystopian Chicken Speech at the UN?

Prime Minister Boris Johnson made a bizarre speech on Tuesday night at the United Nations General Assembly that included plenty of dire warning about the future, including everything from the rise of killer robots to “limbless chickens” on the kitchen table. And as strange as it sounds, Johnson may have been trying to quote former Prime Minister Winston Churchill. Read More >>

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The Communist Manifesto Gets a Comic Adaptation That’s Both Nightmarish and Timely

As widely regarded as Karl Marx’s Communist Manifesto is, it can be easy to forget that the scathing, seminal critique of capitalism and the bourgeoisie was hurriedly written over the course of a few days after months of procrastination. Read More >>

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The FBI Worried About Communist Spies Invading Disney’s EPCOT

Disney’s Epcot theme park in Florida includes exhibits of countries from around the world, staffed by student ambassadors from those countries. But before the theme park even opened in 1982, the FBI was concerned that EPCOT (an acronym of Experimental Prototype Community Of Tomorrow) might become overrun with Communist spies from China, Poland, and the Soviet Union. Read More >>

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Statue of Leader From Communist Empire Transformed Into Leader of Actual Empire

It’s always the most embarrassing part of a fallen regime. All those statues, no longer relevant. Usually they come down, hence the severed head of Vladimir Lenin recently unearthed in Berlin. But what to do with all those Lenins still standing? Turn them into the likeness of a more benevolent leader, of course. Read More >>

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The Bizarre History of X-Ray Records and Early Music Piracy

Thanks to the internet's amazing capacity for self-recycling, articles about Soviet pirate recordings made of X-rays pop up frequently in my feeds. These popular, widely shared posts explain how, in the 1950s and '60s, music fans in the Soviet Union fabricated bootlegged recordings of banned western music, using old X-rays to do it. In reality, the story of these records extends even further back than the USSR. Read More >>

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Is Man With a Movie Camera Really the Best Documentary Ever?

Earlier this week, the British Film Institute (BFI) published results from a first-of-its-kind poll, asking 340 film-makers and critics to vote for the best documentary of all time. The clear winner was Dziga Vertov's Man with a Movie Camera. Read More >>

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Even the Textiles in Soviet Russia Were Obsessed With Industry

The fabrics mostly speak for themselves, but the skinny is that these fabrics are Soviet-era textiles from the 1920-1930 period of Russia's history. And while awesome, the industrial, work-obsessed imagery on display here is hardly subtle. Read More >>