found footage
Rediscovered 1920s Home Videos Are the First to Show the White House in Colour

An archivist working at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library has stumbled upon colour home video taken in the late 1920s by former First Lady Lou Hoover. Incredibly, this is very likely the first colour film to show a US President, the First Lady, and the White House. Read More >>

science
The Haunting Face of a Man Who Lived 700 Years Ago

This may look like a photograph, but the highly realistic face staring back at you belongs to a man who died over 700 years ago. The researchers who performed this unbelievable facial reconstruction say their work is providing new details about the way ordinary people lived in medieval England. Read More >>

history
The Story Behind That JFK Quote About Destroying the CIA

John F. Kennedy campaigning in Indiana on October 5, 1960 (Photo by Sven Walnum)
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history
This Man Is Trying To Photograph Every Postbox In Britain

The postal service was basically a very early form of the internet - and postboxes were the modems that connected us with the world. The only difference? Bandwidth is limited to the number of deliveries in any given day - and that if you got into an acrimonious spat with someone rather than simply tweeting swearwords or subtweeting, you had to sign off your brutal smackdown with a "Yours Sincerely". Read More >>

history
School Assignment Leads to Discovery of WWII Plane With Pilot’s Body Still Inside

When 14-year-old Daniel Kristiansen was assigned a World War II project for history class, his father jokingly suggested he look for a German plane that had allegedly crashed at the family farm. Well wouldn’t you know it, he actually found the damned thing—along with the dead airman’s remains. It’s being called one of the most sensational discoveries in recent times. Read More >>

gadgets
The World’s First In-Car Navigation System Looked Like Something From Fallout

Meet the Honda Electro Gyro-cator. It's widely considered to be the world's first automotive navigation system, developed 36 years ago. And it looked like it should be on the wrist of a wasteland warrior wearing power armour. Read More >>

history
How Far They’ll Go: Disney’s Moana Shows The Power Of Polynesian Celestial Navigation

One of the greatest feats of human migration in history was the colonisation of the vast Pacific Ocean by Polynesian peoples. They achieved it thanks to their sophisticated knowledge of positional astronomy and celestial navigation. Read More >>

archaeology
This 3,000-Year-Old Bronze Age Sword Is Absolutely Incredible

In what archaeologists are calling the “find of a lifetime,” a horde of Late Bronze Age weapons has been discovered at a Scottish construction site. Among the items found is a gold-decorated spearhead, and a 3,000-year-old bronze sword in remarkably good condition. Read More >>

history
Lost Essay Reveals Winston Churchill Was Almost Certain Aliens Exist

Unlike so many politicians these days, Winston Churchill held a deep admiration for learning and science. A rediscovered essay — forgotten in a museum for nearly sixty years — reveals Churchill’s astoundingly scientific thoughts on such topics as cosmology, the origin of life, and the likelihood of extraterrestrials. Incredibly, he was all but certain that aliens exist. Read More >>

history
London Dungeon is Sorry About What it Did on the Internet

London Dungeon exhibited some of the same social ideals as those once held by a few of its nastier exhibits yesterday, using the cover of Valentine's day to make some ageing sexist jokes that had everyone rocking back and forwards in horror like an animatronic model of a victim of Jack the Ripper. Read More >>

energy
UK’s Nuclear History Museum Opens Today

The Nuclear and Caithness Archive, also known as Nucleus, has opened for business today, and will be of extreme interest to anyone who's ever spent a sleepless night wondering exactly how nuclear energy works and what part the UK played in its development. Read More >>

war
World War II Shipwrecks Are Vanishing at an Alarming Rate

Late last year, the Netherlands defence ministry confirmed that two of its ships lost during World War II had disappeared from the bottom of the Java Sea, likely the result of illegal salvaging. Now, a trio of Japanese shipwrecks off Borneo have likewise been torn apart for scrap, highlighting what appears to be a growing problem. Read More >>

history
Nazi Sub Portrayed in Raiders of the Lost Ark Discovered in the North Atlantic

German researchers have discovered the wreck of U-581, a Nazi sub that sunk near the Azores in February 1942. The 220-foot-long VIIC U-boat — the same type of sub featured in the classic films Das Boot and Raiders of the Lost Ark — was found broken in two, and at a depth of nearly 3,000 feet. Read More >>

history
Builders Dig up Blue Peter’s Time Capsule — 33 Years Too Soon

A time capsule buried way back in the happy days of 1998, when Geri Halliwell's hemline and David Beckham's temperament were all the world had to worry about, has been dug up. The only problem is it wasn't supposed to be dug up until 2050, as we can all still remember 1998 quite well. Read More >>

history
Who Will Pay £240,000 for Hitler’s Bunker Phone?

If you have hundreds of thousands of dollars and are extremely creepy, you can now buy a one-of-a-kind piece of history: Adolf Hitler’s personal telephone. Read More >>