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cars

The 1930s 'Pedestrian Catcher' That Promised to End Jaywalking Deaths

Goodbye, car accidents!
June 23, 2017
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manhattan project

The Librarian Who Guarded the Manhattan Project's Secrets

While dodging accusations of communism, Charlotte Serber made the nuclear bomb possible.
June 23, 2017
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volcanoes

So You Want to Buy a Volcano

History shows you're not alone.
June 22, 2017
Gastro Obscura
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airports

Genovese Airport Makes Special Exception for Travelers Bringing Aboard Pesto

But don't even think about carrying on pesto that isn't Genovese.
June 22, 2017
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cabaret

People in 1920s Berlin Nightclubs Flirted via Pneumatic Tubes

It was the Tinder of the early 20th century.
June 21, 2017
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fish

A Japanese Diver's 25-Year Friendship With a Local Fish

Plus: a really adorable man-fish kiss.
June 21, 2017
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radio

The 'Child Impersonator' Who Voiced a Whole Family of Young Characters

In the early 1900s, Harry Hemsley became an icon for his youthful mimicry.
June 20, 2017
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cats

This Feline Boxing Match From 1894 Is a Precursor to the Cat Video

Thomas Edison knew his audience.
June 19, 2017
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money

A Treasury Official in 1866 Put His Own Face on U.S. Currency

The bill was supposed to feature explorer William Clark instead.
June 19, 2017
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silent film

This Bizarre 1911 Film Warns of the Perils of Self-Driving Cars

Robot chauffeurs will truly take you out of this world.
June 16, 2017
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jobs

Perhaps You'd Like to Work as a Nanny in This Haunted Scottish Home

The gig may include ghosts, but it also comes with a $63,000 salary.
June 15, 2017
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classical music

The Self-Playing Violins That Mastered Chopin

The robotic Phonoliszt-Violin was dubbed the "Eighth Wonder of the World" in 1910.
June 14, 2017
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pizza

Pizza Acrobatics Is the Sport You Have Been Waiting For

Like the Harlem Globetrotters—but with dough.
June 13, 2017
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schools

The 1903 Parrot Academy That Taught Birds to Speak Using Phonographs

In three languages!
June 13, 2017
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robots

In 1964, You Could Buy Magazines From a Street Dalek

Your new favorite traveling bookseller.
June 12, 2017
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1920s

A Pride Month Playlist, Brought to You by the Jazz Age

"You go and give your girl a kiss in the hall / But instead you find you're kissing her brother Paul."
June 9, 2017
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objects of intrigue

The 1920s Sex Detector That Rocked the Poultry Industry

Could it really tell whether an egg held a hen or a rooster?
June 9, 2017
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hats

Listen to Radio on the Go With This Strange 1931 Hat

Its name? The Radio Hat.
June 8, 2017
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construction

This Rail Line Runs Through the Middle of a 19-Story Apartment Building

In Chongqing, catch the train at your front door.
June 7, 2017
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jail

Old Hollywood's Best Theme Restaurants Specialized in Abductions and Dungeons

In 1920s L.A., a fun dinner meant getting locked up.
June 7, 2017
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commercials

These 1950s Coffee Commercials Featured Violent 'Muppets' Prototypes

Buy Wilkins Coffee—or else.
June 6, 2017
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tanks

This Bizarre '50s 'Rhino' Vehicle Was Designed to Replace the Tank

The U.S. military never bought it.
June 5, 2017
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donuts

National Doughnut Day Began With an Ingenious Woman on a WWI Battlefield

Lt. Colonel Helen Purviance fried dough on the frontlines.
June 2, 2017
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boston

A Former 7-Eleven Owner Opened a Rival Store Across the Street Named 6-Twelve

He made the decision after an extended legal battle.
June 1, 2017