A water-stained letter from the Titanic written by an admirably realistic first class passenger on the ship’s stationary just sold for £126,000 at auction, a record sale for a note written on the ship.
It’s been twenty years since Jamie and Claire said their goodbyes, parting ways before the fateful Battle of Culloden. This season has explored their lives apart from one another and in different timelines but the pair will finally be fully reunited in an extended episode tonight (last episode gave us a preview,…
Did you know that, to promote the movie spinoff of TV’s iconically campy goth soap opera Dark Shadows, MGM once hosted a series of “Miss American Vampire” contests?
Modern hospitals are supposed to be gleaming, scrubbed places, with hand sanitizer dispensers every few feet for maximum germ killing. But once upon a time, hospitals were filthy. Surgeons wore blood-encrusted aprons and didn’t even clean their operating tables between patients.
The government has been chipping away at our sense of reality for years, and they’ve even gotten into the sauce. The tomato sauce.
“I’m angry, not just at him and the conspiracy of silence around his actions, but also that the ‘casting couch’ phenomenon, so to speak, is still a reality in our business and in the world,” said Glenn Close in response to the flood of accusations against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.
Would it make you feel better, somehow, about this administration if you knew that a Victorian children’s book author named Ingersoll Lockwood might have predicted this outcome—because maybe, just maybe, Donald Trump is a time traveler?
I cannot believe how soothing I’m finding this video of a German man in full Medieval costume explaining how people used to walk in the Middle Ages, before the advent of fixed-sole shoes.
In case you weren’t aware, the British Library has a fantastic Flickr account. Weirdly, though, all the images are of me.
Archeologists say they may have discovered the tomb of Saint Nicholas, a.k.a. Santa Claus, a.k.a. Father Christmas, a.k.a. Kris Kringle, underneath a church in Antalya, Turkey. So—a real good news, bad news situation. Ho ho ho!
S.I. Newhouse, head of Condé Nast, died over the weekend. While not a household celebrity name outside of the media business, he was the money man who empowered some of the most famous and influential magazine editors in the business, hiring Tina Brown at Vanity Fair and both Diana Vreeland and Anna Wintour at Vogue—…
While Cheetos is backpedalling on this morning’s heartless tweets about San Juan’s mayor (or, at least, while somebody’s on the Twitter account manically typing a bunch of nice things about other Puerto Rican officials and #FAKENEWS (which Puerto Rico can’t read because it’s still out of power you idiot)), fuck it!…
A nude drawing titled the Monna Vanna, or the “nude Mona Lisa,” has been sitting in the archives of the Condé Museum since 1862. And now scientists and historians are trying to figure out if Leonardo da Vinci was the man who drew it.
Not so long ago, vibrators—when they were sold at all—were generally available in seedy surroundings or marketed in a thick protective layer of double entendre. (Promising to massage you, for instance, “delightfully all over.”) In 2017, however, Dolly Parton can stand onstage at the Emmys and joke about wanting one in…
Okay, this Puerto Rico relief effort started by Stephen Colbert is a little convoluted, but it’s also genius. No one can resist posting their #TBT photos for a good cause.
Volunteers for the City of Boston Archaeological Program are currently rooting around in what they think was Paul Revere’s neighbor’s outhouse. This has afforded the presumably delighted staff of the Associated Press the opportunity to make some incredible puns, such as “Flush with artifacts?” and “No. 1 if by land,…
A special treat for you, the sophisticated, minimalist yet somehow also quirky and eclectic subscriber to this, the “Archeologie” catalog: you can now decorate your airy loft or adorable, plant-bedecked bungalow with a very special Bronze Age accessory—a jar of headless toads.
Flu season is approaching, and once again, drug stores across America will begin putting up signs advertising flu shots. Should you bother? Read Laura Spinney’s Pale Rider: The Spanish Flu of 1918 and How it Changed the World, then get back to me.
A long-lost Peter Paul Rubens painting has surfaced in Scotland. It’s a portrait of George Villiers, the first Duke of Buckingham—and often thought to have been in romantic relationship with King James I, who referred to Villiers as “husband.”
A fascinating fact about from the history of mass media: It was soldiers looking for something to do on their downtime during the Second World War who helped popularize the paperback book, which would become a defining element of American popular culture in the twentieth century.