A Short History of the Highrise


A four part interactive series by The New York Times. (you can also just watch them here)

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The Wonderful Talking Board


The Strange and Mysterious History of the Ouija Board

Icelandic Necropants


A way to maintain wealth for generations in 17th century Iceland.

From the Museum of Icelandic Sorcery & Witchcraft:

If you want to make your own necropants (literally; nábrók) you have to get permission from a living man to use his skin after his death.

After he has been buried you must dig up his body and flay the skin of the corpse in one piece from the waist down. As soon as you step into the pants they will stick to your own skin.

A coin must be stolen from a poor widow and placed in the scrotum along with the magical sign, nábrókarstafur, written on a piece of paper. Consequently the coin will draw money into the scrotum so it will never be empty, as long as the original coin is not removed.

To ensure salvation the owner has to convince someone else to overtake the pants and step into each leg as soon as he gets out of it. The necropants will thus keep the money-gathering nature for generations.

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A Two-Minute History of Perversion

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Why We Eat What We Eat When We Do


A history of American meals

Malcolm Gladwell: The unheard story of David and Goliath


Gladwell’s new book David and Goliath is on bookshelves today.

Cal Orcko


The dinosaur wall of Bolivia

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The 1940s


A fantastic animated piece featuring WWII, the Golden Age of Tattoos, and J.D. Salinger.

“March Impromptu”


Hidden within the sheet music of an old German march is possibly a treasure map leading to Nazi Gold.

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The Seven Sutherland Sisters


America’s first “celebrity” models had a combined 37 feet of hair

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Well Produced


The History of the Hip-Hop Beat Tape

“Tropical Elegance”


The Tacky History of the Pink Flamingo