“the first sardonic group in hip-hop”


20 Years Ago, De La Soul Refused To Go Pop



A History of the Chocolate-Chip Cookie

“I was running all around that ass”


An oral history of Baby Got Back

Moving Illusions



A Brief History of Cocaine by Richard J. Miller

Both the Pope and France’s chief rabbi endorsed Vin Mariani, a concoction of Bordeaux and cocaine. It sold well

Inanimate Witness


Right now if you bid high enough, you can own Ian Curtis’s kitchen table

Zone Out for a Couple Minutes

A Brief History of Video Game Title Design

Peace, Love & Monument Vandalism


The male half of a folk singing duo was arrested in Montana after carving his love into Pompeys Pillar, a rock formation featuring the last remaining physical evidence of the Lewis & Clark Expedition.

Chariots On Pharaoh


Science has determined that King Tutankhamun—the world’s most famous pharaoh—died of injuries sustained in a chariot accident… not of “Over Gold” as Kanye’s chain would suggest.

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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