Watch Nellie, the British School Computer of 1969

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Laxton // Daily Express // Hulton Archive // Getty Images

In 1969, the Forest Grammar School in England was home to "Nellie," a modified National Elliott 405 computer. Nellie was obsolete even then, but the boys at the school got to program it, play with it, and maintain it—because the silly thing broke down on average once every 12 hours.

In this vintage clip from Tomorrow's World, we visit Forest Grammar School and meet the kids who work with Nellie. Just booting the computer requires multiple multiple in various rooms, throwing giant levers and checking the oil in the disk unit. They describe the programs they've made, including an unbeatable noughts-and-crosses ("tic-tac-toe") game. Check it out:

For more on Nellie, read this article.

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The Truth Behind Italy's Abandoned 'Ghost Mansion'

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YouTube/Atlas Obscura

The forests east of Lake Como, Italy, are home to a foreboding ruin. Some call it the Casa Delle Streghe (House of Witches), or the Red House, after the patches of rust-colored paint that still coat parts of the exterior. Its most common nickname, however, is the Ghost Mansion.

Since its construction in the 1850s, the mansion—officially known as the Villa De Vecchi—has reportedly been the site of a string of tragedies, including the murder of the family of the Italian count who built it, as well as the count's suicide. It's also said that everyone's favorite occultist, Aleister Crowley, visited in the 1920s, leading to a succession of satanic rituals and orgies. By the 1960s, the mansion was abandoned, and since then both nature and vandals have helped the house fall into dangerous decay. The only permanent residents are said to be a small army of ghosts, who especially love to play the mansion's piano at night—even though it's long since been smashed to bits.

The intrepid explorers of Atlas Obscura recently visited the mansion and interviewed Giuseppe Negri, whose grandfather and great-grandfather were gardeners there. See what he thinks of the legends, and the reality behind the mansion, in the video below.