Category: History

May 16 2014

All the Spiderman: Every Costume Spidey has Ever Worn

As you’re all aware, superheros are wont to change their costumes every now and then. Usually it comes with a new arc in their story. Sometimes the new costume may accommodate new features. Other times, especially with skin-tight spandex like Spiderman wears, I’m sure there are skid-mark and nut-sweat-stain issues that are hard to deal …

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Apr 15 2014

Good Luck to Them: Flying Around the World on Solar Power

This is the Solar Impulse 2 which is slated to fly around the world using only the power of the sun. That will be a pretty impressive feat if they can do it. So I’ll send them off with my best wishes. The aircraft has a 236-foot wingspan, and is covered in 17,238 solar cells. …

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Mar 18 2014

Informative: Historical Timeline of Pizza Chains

Who knew that Domino’s has been around since 1960 and that Famous Original Rays has been famous and original since 1964. I always kind of figured all these pizza chains had been around since the beginning of time. They started in Italy of course and them moved to the states where people enjoy a good …

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Feb 24 2014

Want: Mini Museum

If you were looking for something to get me for Make-Up-Your-Own-Holiday Day, it should be this. This is a mini museum containing up to 33 specimens of rare and amazing things. Dinosaur fossils, moon rocks, palm trees from Antarctica, London bridge, etc. Basically everything that you have ever wanted to collect but your mom wouldn’t …

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Jan 21 2014

Worth 10 Million Words: History of Medicine in Pictures

Wellcome Images just made a group of 100,000 medical images available for public viewing. It’s got all sorts of stuff from all periods of medicine. Images like the insanity you see above. The hairy monster in the middle represents a patient wracked by fever. To the left, a blue beast representing feverish, shivering ague ensnares …

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Jan 17 2014

Sheep-Pig: A Natural Pig in a Blanket

Seen here growing bacon fatter and harrier than any you’ve ever had the privilege of eating is the Mangalitsa. No, it’s not a mix between a sheep and a pig, although that would be awesome so scientists get on that. The Mangalitsa is the result of a wild boar and a farm pig getting lovey. …

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Dec 03 2013

First: Government Recognized Cyborg

Neil Harbisson wins. The rest of you can stop with your petitions now. The UK government has finally recognized him as a cyborg. They let him take his passport photo wearing his eyeborg, a device that allows him to perceive color. You see, Neil has a visual impairment called achromatopsia that causes him to see …

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Nov 04 2013

Rocking Out: World’s Oldest Surviving Song

Next time you’re sitting around playing name that tune with your buddies whip this one out and see if they can identify it. The “Song of Seikilos” is the oldest known song in the world. It comes from the Seikilos epitaph that was inscribed somewhere during the first century AD. The problem I see is …

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Oct 18 2013

Yeti Lives: New Evidence Suggests Yetis are Real

In news that every fourth grader could have guessed. Scientists think Yetis might be real. Recent (10 years ago) DNS evidence collected from a Himalayan hunter and a French film crew suggest that the Yeti may actually be a decendent of an ancient polar bear. Research by Professor Bryan Sykes, a geneticist from the University …

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Oct 11 2013

Who Knew: There’s an Online Mario Museum

While you are spending your day wandering around the internet I hope you take a moment to smell the digital roses or stop by a museum. If a museum sounds more like your thing than sniffing the computer screen then you can check out the IGN Museum of Mario. This museum shows Mario’s history all …

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