maps
The Medieval Tube Map Turns London Into a Disease-Infested Wonderland

With my dodgy eyesight, pathetic inability to take cold showers, questionable geographical knowledge and, ahem, off-white skin, I’m not sure I would have fared particularly well in Medieval Britain. The Medieval Tube map, created by the Londonist, might have made my life slightly more bearable though. Read More >>

design
What Mars Would Look Like Mapped by Medieval Cartographers

What can one expect to find out on the dusty plains of Mars? This new map shows you through the eyes of a medieval cartographer. Read More >>

history
Medieval Kitchens Used a Specially Bred Dog to Turn Roasting Spits

Before the era of "set it and forget it" countertop rotisserie ovens, kitchen gadgets required a lot more manpower—and if not manpower, then dogpower. The turnspit, a breed of dog dating for medieval Britain, would run around on a wheel like a hamster in a cage, ensuring evenly roasted meat for hungry noblemen. Read More >>

history
Amazing Ancient Viking Sun Compass Even Worked After Sunset

Even the best Scout prefers to navigate during the day. The Vikings, apparently, would have laughed at such a preference—according to new research, the North Atlantic seafarers' sun compass was so advanced it even worked after dark, thanks to clever engineering and mystical crystals. Read More >>