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A Fake-Food Maker on the Art of Creating Inedible Meals
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A Fake-Food Maker on the Art of Creating Inedible Meals

For 60 years, this Japanese craftsman has been making silicone dinners that look good enough to eat.
November 21, 2017
Jim Henson Wanted to Free Us From Paperwork
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Jim Henson Wanted to Free Us From Paperwork

In his short film from 1967, the famed Muppet-maker welcomes workers to a paper-free future.
November 17, 2017
A Short Eames Film Shows Our Place in the Universe
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A Short Eames Film Shows Our Place in the Universe

Made in 1977, Powers of Ten explores the world, both from great heights and microscopically close.
November 13, 2017
Meet Rufus Harley, the First Jazz Bagpiper
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Meet Rufus Harley, the First Jazz Bagpiper

Jazz met the Highlands when Harley met the bagpipes.
November 10, 2017
The Revolution Was Televised, Thanks to This 25-Pound Video Rig
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The Revolution Was Televised, Thanks to This 25-Pound Video Rig

In the 1970s, the Portapak gave a voice to outsiders and changed media forever.
November 03, 2017
Digitizing the Boston Public Library's Forgotten Record Collection
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Digitizing the Boston Public Library's Forgotten Record Collection

It will take years, but all 200,000 pieces of vinyl discovered in a basement will one day be available to the public.
October 24, 2017
In Brooklyn, a Rare Concert Organ Takes a (Hopefully Temporary) Bow
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In Brooklyn, a Rare Concert Organ Takes a (Hopefully Temporary) Bow

Long Island University's 1928 Wurlitzer will go quiet for at least the next two years.
October 24, 2017
History's Best Strategies for Avoiding Being Buried Alive
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History's Best Strategies for Avoiding Being Buried Alive

These ingenious 19th-century techniques aimed to make sure dead really meant dead.
October 10, 2017
1,400 Baby Chicks and the Integration of Professional Baseball
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1,400 Baby Chicks and the Integration of Professional Baseball

In 1946 in Nashua, New Hampshire, catcher Roy Campanella made history in more ways than one.
October 03, 2017
Why British DJs From the '60s and '70s Kept Their Best Records Secret
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Why British DJs From the '60s and '70s Kept Their Best Records Secret

The art of the "cover-up" once led an obscure Marvin Gaye record to be misidentified for decades.
September 26, 2017
The 1922 Poem That Linked the Russian Revolution to Cryonics
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The 1922 Poem That Linked the Russian Revolution to Cryonics

One group of anarchist artists planned on being around a long, long time.
September 14, 2017