technology
The Weird Machine That Measured American Radio Audiences in the ’30s and ’40s

In the early days of radio broadcasting, there was no easy way to tell how many people were listening to the soap operas and prestige crime dramas, and, subsequently, how many were actually hearing the radio ads for tooth powder and name brand coal for your furnaceinformation that advertisers desperately wanted. Read More >>

archaeology
Declassified Spy Plane Photos Expose Hidden Archaeological Sites

During the Cold War, the United States flew U2 spy planes over Europe, the Middle East, and central eastern Asia in search of potential military targets. These missions inadvertently gathered historical information, which archaeologists are now using for scientific purposes. Read More >>

movies
An Argument for an Intermission During Avengers: Endgame

Avengers: Endgame is the rare kind of film whose three-hour, intermission-less runtime is a price audiences are willing to pay without batting an eye because, as Marvel Studios keeps reminding everyone, this is the end of an era. A narrative climax of Endgame’s proportions rightfully deserves to take its time. But people also deserve to stretch. Read More >>

history
Stunning 10-Foot Statue of Roman Emperor Found Under Ancient Fountain in Turkey

Archaeologists working in the ancient Turkish city of Laodicea have discovered a monumental statue of Trajan, a famed Roman emperor who led the empire to its greatest geographical extent. Read More >>

april fools
The Horrific April Fools’ Pranks of The 19th Century

Here in the 21st century, April Fools’ Day is a pretty harmless holiday. Brands trot out their fake products and news organisations make silly claims and then we all go about our day. But back in the 19th century, April Fools’ Day could be pretty brutal. In fact, it could be downright dangerous. Read More >>

anthropology
Humans Built Complex Societies Before They Invented Moral Gods

The appearance of moralising gods in religion occurred after – and not before – the emergence of large, complex societies, according to new research. This finding upturns conventional thinking on the matter, in which moralising gods are typically cited as a prerequisite for social complexity. Read More >>

archaeology
Ancient Britons Travelled Hundreds of Miles to Attend Pork Fests at Stonehenge

Prehistoric Britons travelled impressive distances to attend celebrations at monumental sites like Stonehenge, according to new research. Incredibly, many of them brought their pigs along with them for the journey—an impressive feat, considering some participants came from hundreds of miles away. Read More >>

history
Hundreds of Artefacts from Notorious Nazi Massacre Uncovered in German Forest

Archaeologists in Germany have unearthed some 400 artefacts dating back to a Nazi massacre in which hundreds of forced labourers were executed during the closing phases of World War II. Read More >>

tv
HBO’s Lovecraft Country Could Be Everything Green Book Wasn’t

There are as many valid criticisms of Peter Farrelly’s Best Picture Oscar-winner Green Book as there are listings in Victor Hugo Green’s The Negro Motorist Green Book. But an upcoming adaptation has a lot more potential to tell the real story, even if there are Lovecraftian monsters involved. Read More >>

futurism
The Clothes of the Future Were Supposed to Be Set on Fire

During the 1950s and 60s an idea emerged that was decidedly sci-fi. The future was supposed to be filled with disposable clothes that could literally just be thrown in a fire after you were done with them. Disposable clothes were supposed to make our lives easier. The only hurdle, according to futurists of the time? The fact that people saw the entire practice as wasteful and bad. Read More >>

comics
David Walker Is Betting on the Power of Black History and a Bold New Self-Publishing Gamble

David Walker is busy. He’s co-writing Naomi, a new high-profile series from DC Comics, along with Brian Michael Bendis and artist Jamal Campbell. He’s also working on Image Comics’ enthusiastically received Bitter Root with co-writer Chuck Brown and artist Sanford Greene. But, despite the fact that the veteran writer has worked with one of the Big Two and the biggest outlet for creator-owned comics, Walker’s announced his gutsiest move yet: launching a self-publishing company. Read More >>

history
This 1920s Concept for a Drive-Through Supermarket Completely Failed

Today, getting your groceries delivered to your house is old news. But there once was a time when the most futuristic thing in food shopping was the car. Specifically, drive-in shopping like these stores from the 1920s. Read More >>

history
Famed WW2 Aircraft Carrier Torpedoed in 1942 Found Miles Deep in Pacific Ocean

After 77 years, the wreck of the USS Hornet has finally been found, lying more than three miles deep in South Pacific waters. The storied aircraft carrier—sunk by Japanese torpedoes in 1942 with the loss of 140 men— played a critical role during the Second World War, most famously in the Doolittle Raid and the Battle of Midway. Read More >>

history
The Dogs That Stopped an 18th Century Crime Wave

Dogs have long been considered man’s best friend, but it wasn't until the 18th century that they truly secured that honour. All by doing one of the things dogs do best: stopping burglars and saving their owners a fortune. Read More >>

history
Danish Workers Unearth ‘Still-Sharp’ Medieval Sword While Digging Out Sewer

When plumbing planner Jannick Vestergaard and engineer Henning Nøh woke up on the morning of February 5th, it likely never occurred to them that their day’s work would result in the discovery of an extraordinary double-edged sword dating back to the 14th century. Read More >>