Scientist Bakes Ancient Egyptian Bread, is Probably Cursed Now

If you found 4,500 year old yeast in some dank Egyptian pottery, what would your first thought be? Apparently, the correct answer is, "I want to put this in my mouth and eat it. My body is a temple. I enjoy being cursed." Read More >>

These Robot Burlesque Dancers Were a Less Advertised Part of the 1939 New York World’s Fair

The New York World’s Fair of 1939-40 is perhaps best known for its optimistic look at the future, with demonstrations of early television and the Futurama ride that showed regular people a glimpse of tomorrow. But there are some lesser known exhibits from the Fair that might surprise people who only think of the past as being filled with prudes. Read More >>

The History Channel is Digging Up John Dillinger’s Body But Nobody Really Knows Why

The History Channel has received a permit to dig up the body of 1930s gangster John Dillinger from his grave at a cemetery in Indiana, USA. Why? Nobody really knows yet. Read More >>

Fragment of Medieval Poem About a Talking Vulva Found in Austrian Library

The surprising discovery of a fragment inscribed with an old German poem, in which a female virgin argues with her genitals about who is more desirable to men, pushes the origin of the poem back 200 years, changing our conceptions of sexuality in the Middle Ages. Read More >>

Sometimes Scandal Can Improve a Prospective PM, as Shown by Stanley Baldwin’s School-Time Porn Drama

Stanley Baldwin might not be a name that comes to mind when you think of prime ministers, not like Churchill or Disraeli anyway. Yet Baldwin helped define the interwar period of the 1920s and ‘30s, and proved himself to be one of the most powerful figures in British politics. Baldwin led his party to victory three times, and was even powerful enough to cause Churchill to hesitate to take him on politically.  Read More >>

An Oral History of the Early Trans Internet

Trans people have existed since the dawn of time. The internet has not. Read More >>

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This 1960s Comic Strip Claimed Nuclear Explosions Were the Future of American Road Construction

Nuclear weapons can wipe out an entire city in the blink of an eye, but what about all the good they can do? That was the pitch from this 1965 comic strip that extolled the virtues of nuclear bombs to build everything from highways to a “second Panama canal.” Read More >>

European Space Agency Chief Urges Humanity to Protect Apollo 11, Lunokhod 1 Landing Sites

July 20, 2019 was the 50th anniversary of the date when Apollo 11 crewmembers Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to walk on the lunar surface, and the chief of the European Space Agency (ESA) wants to give their landing site, Tranquility Base, special heritage status. Read More >>

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CBS News is Livestreaming the Original Apollo 11 Launch Broadcast in Real Time Right Now

CBS News is currently livestreaming its original broadcast from fifty years ago, when the original Apollo 11 crew launched from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Read More >>

King Tut Sculpture Sells for £5 Million at Auction Despite Ownership Controversy

A 3,300-year-old sculpture of Tutankhamun’s head has been auctioned off at Christie’s for £5 million, despite claims from the Egyptian government that the relic was stolen. Read More >>

Here’s What People Thought of Amazon When It First Launched in the Mid-1990s

Amazon was founded on July 5, 1994, and launched its online store in 1995, letting people buy books from the comfort of their homes. 25 years after its inception, Amazon now sells everything from taco holders shaped like dinosaurs to tongue brushes that humans can use to lick their cats. And you’d have to be living under a rock to not know about Amazon. Read More >>

A Medievalist’s Guide to Decoding the Creatures in Godzilla: King of the Monsters

The recent release of Godzilla: King of the Monsters and the introduction of a whole new “monsterverse” has got this medievalist thinking a lot about the creatures that are coming to define our time, and their origins both as kaiju monsters developed in the 1950s and ‘60s by Japan’s Toho Studio and their far older inspirations from Japanese and Western myth and lore. Read More >>

How Historians Can Now See Invisible Text on Ancient Manuscripts

Historical documents considered lost to the ravages of time—like crumbling parchment thousands of years old or medieval manuscripts whose ink long ago faded away—are being given a new life thanks to a technology known as multispectral imaging. The sophisticated tech requires specialised training and expensive equipment, but researchers have recently been trying to make its use more widespread. Read More >>

Nazis Weren’t the Only Ones Using Meth During World War II

Adolf Hitler’s use of methamphetamine, otherwise known as crystal meth, has been well documented during recent years in books like Blitzed: Drugs in the Third Reich by Norman Ohler. But did you know that Nazi soldiers, British troops, and American military personnel used speed as well during World War II? That secret history was revealed on the American TV series Secrets of the Dead with an episode titled “World War Speed.” Read More >>

Woodstock ‘Took on a Life of its Own,’ Recent Archaeological Survey Reveals

The 50th anniversary of the Woodstock music festival is fast approaching, and though the iconic cultural event still resides within living memory, the site is now the subject of archaeological inquiry. As new research shows, Woodstock was more even more chaotic and spontaneous than we imagined. Read More >>