In Case You’ve Ever Wondered


Here’s the oldest song in the world, a 3400 year-old Sumerian cult hymn that was discovered on some tablets in the ancient port city of Ugarit in northern Syria.

via, WFMU / OpenCulture

Cookie, Cookie, Koekje


The Curious History of the Black-and-White Cookie

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Thug: A Life of Caravaggio in Sixty-Nine Paragraphs by Stephen Akey


They tortured him of course.


More precisely, they carved up his face – “sfregio,” it was called, a ritual disfigurement intended to inflict permanent and visible dishonor on one who had disrespected the wrong people. Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio was no stranger to this code of vendetta. In his earlier Roman years, he had run with whores who were known to take the occasional blade to the face of a rival. Now in Naples, towards the end of his strange and violent life, it was his turn to be branded.

via, longform

Renegades of Bike Culture


A brief history of Mountain Biking

via, laughingsquid

An Art History Mystery


How is there an Australian sulphur-crested cockatoo in a 1496 Italian Renaissance painting by Andrea Mantegna?

It Felt Like a Kiss

By Adam Curtis

Put some headphones on and immerse yourself.

“The story of America’s rise to power starting in 1959, it uses nothing but archive footage and Amercia pop music. Showing the consequences on the rest of the world and in peoples mind.”

The History of The Smiths


Just interactive enough to be engaging without annoying or overstimulating

General Thieves and Bad Characters

1930s photos sourced from the Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums



The Oral History of SpongeBob SquarePants by Tom Heintjes

More than a decade has passed since Stephen Hillenburg’s porous protagonist established Bikini Bottom as a must-see outpost of popular culture. Tom Heintjes gathered insights and reminiscences from some of the people behind SpongeBob SquarePants to illuminate the making of a cultural phenomenon.

via, cartoonbrew

The Museum at the Center of the World


In Space There Is No Up or Down


So how then did the north ended up on the top of the map? Ptolemy, that’s how. Read a great cartographic history of global positioning here.

via, tmn

The Underground Railroad

A series by Amani Willet featuring “images made in locations that factored significantly in the history of the Underground Railroad.”