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Leonardo da Vinci Designed a Nightmare Scuba Suit
The perfect summer outfit for your dystopian marine nightmares.
July 19, 2016
The Victorian Tool for Everything From Hernias to Sex—a Vibrating Electric Belt
How a medical invention abused the electrotherapy fad.
July 12, 2016
The Man-Made Gut Stones Once Used to Thwart Assassination Attempts
Gilded Goa Stones couldn't cure poison, but they sure were beautiful.
July 05, 2016
Who Needs a Weather App When You Can Get This Weather Stick?
Swap your Apple phone for an actual branch.
June 28, 2016
'No One’s Got A Crush On Peter' and More from the Forgotten Spider-Man Rock Opera
It was 1975 and the world needed a superhero's prog-rock anthems.
June 21, 2016
The Secret Messages Hiding Inside 17th Century Engagement Rings
They make the modern diamond ring look rather boring.
June 14, 2016
These Eerie Bronze Hands Were Tokens of a Mysterious Ancient Cult
The Hand of Sabazius is one of the last artifacts of this lost religion.
June 07, 2016
Paperclip Cottage Cafe
A cozy cafe tells the remarkable story of how one man started with a little red paperclip and wound up with an entire house.
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In the 16th Century, the Best Office Decor was a Tiny Rotting Corpse
Miniature memento moris were all the rage for around 300 years.
May 31, 2016
How One Man's Desire to Flaunt His Wealth Became a Book of Psalms
It provides a searing glimpse of the toils of medieval laborers.
May 24, 2016
The WWI Plan To Turn America's Trees Into Telephones
George O. Squier's Floraphone was set to transform the country's forests into communication hubs—until it didn't.
May 17, 2016
The World's Most Romantic Socks Are Knitted on an Active Volcano
For a unique gift, order a pair from the island of Tristan da Cunha.
May 10, 2016
A Mother's Day Gift Idea from Imperial Russia
It starts with a hand-painted enamel egg.
May 03, 2016
Here Are the Medals Given to Eugenically Healthy Humans in the 1920s
People were judged alongside livestock at state fairs.
April 26, 2016
Why Modern Meteorologists Use a 19th-Century Crystal Ball
The answer is as simple as sunshine.
April 19, 2016
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Witch Hunting for Dummies: The 15th-Century Witchcraft Manual
Cornell's witchcraft collection has an original copy of the Malleus Maleficarum, an early witch-hunting handbook.
April 12, 2016
Hail Cannons, the Devices That Supposedly Blast Away Bad Weather
They're startlingly loud and scientifically unproven.
March 29, 2016
Optibee, and Other Buzzworthy Apps For Monitoring Your Beehive
After a century of just droning along, beekeeping is going high-tech.
March 22, 2016
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