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Inside the Real Noah’s Ark buried on an Arctic Island


In the event of Armageddon, I think I know where I’ll be headed now. Buried 390 feet deep inside a sandstone mountain on an island between Norway and the North Pole, the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, also known as the doomsday vault, is home to the millions of seeds that could save a post-apocalyptic world.

13 Things I Found on the Internet Today (Vol. CXC)


1. The socialite buried wearing a lace nightgown inside her 1964 Ferrari Sandra West was a Beverly Hills socialite and wife of Texas oil tycoon Ike West.

Inside the Shed of the Antlerman


I‘m nervous about posting this article. Not only am I a little freaked out by this place myself, but I have a feeling I’ll probably get a some flak for it.

Stop Everything and Check out these Tiny Fairytale Book Sculptures


I like to think I spend a good amount of time celebrating my inner child, and anyone else who does so too is automatically going to be my favourite person in the room.

When He Could Book a Men-Only Flight with United Airlines


It sounds like a plot line from an episode of Mad Men, but if you opened the Wall Street Journal in the 1950s and 60s, you were likely to have found an advertisement for United Airlines’ “club in the sky for men only”, offering complimentary cigars, cocktails, a steak dinner and special business amenities.

The Art of the 1960s Paris Riots


Forty-eight years ago this month, revolution was brewing in Paris. Violent street battles in the Latin Quarter, right outside my window from where I write this post to you, were turning the city upside down and bringing the country to a halt.

Climb inside the Hotel Rooms Hanging off a Cliff


Just in case you never get around to doing this– that is, climb 1,000 feet up a Peruvian mountain on a zipline to reach your bedroom for the night– here’s what it looks like to check into the world’s most daredevil hotel… Ever wondered what it would be like to sleep in an eagles nest?

Someone Documented the Smallest, Quirkiest Museums in Australia


I can’t understand why the most popular travel guides aren’t the ones that tell you where the smallest and quirkiest places are in every town and country around the world.

13 Things I Found on the Internet Today (Vol. CLXXXIX)


1. Spiffy 70s Suits Ideal for ‘bring your kid to work’ day. Found on Grooveland.   2. Japan’s Ivy Rebel 60s Style Subculture The Miyuki-zoku were devotees of classic American collegiate style.

Desire to Kill the Streetcar


In the 1920 and 30s, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Boston, Seattle and countless other major American cities had sprawling electric streetcar rail systems until General Motors, Standard Oil, Phillips Petroleum and Firestone bought up a controlling interest in National City Lines.

The French Fartist who Headlined at the Moulin Rouge


I can imagine the Moulin Rouge had some pretty exotic acts in its heyday, but entertaining an audience with rhythmic flatulence?

The Most Beautiful Car Race that Ever Was


It was the kind of race where if a car broke down, the driver would have been invited inside by locals for spaghetti.

The Lost Avant Garde Facades of the 1970s Anti-Walmart


Does anyone remember the American retail chain BEST Products? The last store disappeared in 1997 after forty years in business selling cheap home furnishings, consumer electronics, jewellery, housewares, toys from their catalog showrooms.

Kayaking (and fishing) in the Death Valley Desert


If someone had told me I could go kayaking in Death Valley as we drove through that barren desert one summer; the merciless August sun beating down on the tarmac ahead, I would have assumed they were starting to see a mirage.

French Retro Futurism as told by 1950s Chocolate Wrappers


My favourite cartoon as a kid was The Jetsons, hands down. I loved how everything was in a glass dome and you could take a shuttle to a resort at “Las Venus” at the drop of a hat.

13 Things I Found on the Internet Today (Vol. CLXXXVIII)


1. Photoshop from the 1930s Beauty retouching has been around a lot longer than we thought. The side-by-side images above from the early 1930s show what a glamour portrait looked like before and after manual ‘Photoshopping.’ Photographer George Hurrell shot the portrait of actress Joan Crawford as a publicity shot for the 1931 film Laughing Sinners. A retoucher named James Sharp, who spent six hours smoothing skin, removing spots, and erasing wrinkles.

Calling on her Cell Phone in 1922


Found by a researcher in the Pathe vaults, this clip from 1922, possibly filmed in New York, shows that 90 years ago, the idea mobile phone technology was not only being thought of, but being tested….

Max Factor’s Clown Contouring Make-Up of Early Television


I doubt these ladies felt at all ready for their close-up, but this is what it looked like to be camera-ready in the early years of black & white commercial television.

A Compendium of Native American Tipi Decoration circa 1900


I found an online treasure chest of gas lantern slides today in Yale’s digital rare book library today.

The 1930s Secret Cambridge Club of Rooftop Climbers


As night fell on Cambridge University in the 1930s, a dapper gang of undergraduate students regularly met in secret to climb up historical buildings, illegally exploring their campus via its rooftops and façades.


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