The oldest known original photo of a US president has been found and will be auctioned off by Sotheby’s. While John Quincy Adams looks very dignified in his portrait, he also looks like he’s plotting to kill us all.
Browsing a blockbuster museum exhibit featuring beautiful items of clothing from decades and even centuries past, it’s easy to see them as pieces of art, like a painting. But of course, they were once worn, nestled intimately against a body that’s now gone. Which may give you the faint feeling of a rabbit run over…
It seems impossible given the utter culinary dominance of yogurt, which currently appears in everything from popsicles to baby food, but once upon a time, Dannon was pleading with America to just give it a try and promising it was super fun it eat.
It was a slave who first taught Jack Daniel how to make whiskey, and Fawn Weaver is making sure his company as it exists today honors that debt.
After video emerged Monday of protesters toppling and kicking the Confederate Soldiers Monument in Durham, North Carolina, some suggested that such statutes should remain standing because they’re part of our history and heritage. Yet the monuments were mostly erected decades after the fall of the Confederacy and made…
In 1983, the BBC drew attention to the growing and serious problem of computer fraud by discussing the movie War Games and also a bunch of teenagers who broke into Pepsi to send a bunch of syrup clear across Canada.
An Arizona antiques museum is shutting down, and the owner is selling more than 30,000 pieces from its extensive holdings. Anybody in the market for an early wooden telephone? World War II-era radio? Reel-to-reel tape recorders? Oh, I know—a stunning gramophone?
Barbara Cook, who originated the role of Marian the Librarian in The Music Man on Broadway and after a tumultuous career eventually became one of America’s best-known and most beloved cabaret singers, has died at 89. Her catalog is incredible.
It’s been the “Summer of Hell” for New Yorkers just trying to get around the damn city as every element of our public transportation system seemingly breaks down simultaneously. Maybe it’s some small comfort to know there’s historical resonance in our distress, specifically with London’s 1858 “Great Stink,” when a…
It’s been a couple of years since the last round of Jack the Ripper speculation. Which means of course that we are due for some sensational, earth-shattering new evidence in this coldest of cold cases.
The Maine property once home to E.B. White—essayist, New Yorker writer, co-author of The Elements of Style, but best known as the author of beloved children’s books Charlotte’s Web, Stuart Little, and The Trumpet of the Swan—is currently up for sale. You might recognize the barn!
Whether you came of age at the tail end of the Cold War or just binge-watched The Americans, the familiar pop cultural stereotype about the USSR is that only a spy would bother trying to get across the border and even then, nobody would say a word to you without their eyes shifting suspiciously over your shoulder…
Judith Jones, the legendary editor who helped get The Diary of Anne Frank published and introduced Julia Child to a generation of adoring Americans, has died at 93.
Just last week Salvador Dali’s body was exhumed for a paternity test and now his mustachioed spirit is haunting literature, particularly Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita.
Watergate fever took America by storm in the summer of 1973. Dubbed “the hottest daytime soap opera” by Variety, the daily Senate hearings were covered live by ABC, CBS, and NBC in rotating shifts. PBS carried each day’s taped footage in an evening broadcast. In an August 1973 Gallup poll, 88 percent of respondents …
Unicorns have eaten the beauty industry alive. But what can the experts on antiquity teach us about these magical beasts?
A never-printed or produced play from Peter Pan writer J.M. Barrie was unearthed this week by The Strand magazine.
The hippest accessory for swinging young women in 1967? Body paint, applied with a miniature paint roller from a miniature plastic paint pan and sold in a miniature paint can.
“Do you feel personally threatened by the .44 Caliber Killer because you have long dark hair?” That’s the question Channel 11 News reporter Jeff Kamen posed to various women on the streets of New York City 40 years ago during the Summer of Sam.
In the mid 1970s David Walker, a New York City police detective, and his partner Ulysses Williams began to organize a local Double Dutch competition at Lincoln Center’s plaza. It was a tradition that continued into the ’80s but eventually outgrew the location as Walker and Williams pushed it to become a national…
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