Site of Woodstock Festival Joins List of National Historic Places

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Wikimedia Commons // Public Domain

The venue that hosted the most legendary music festival of the last century has been recognized again for its role in history. On June 6, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, best known as the site of Woodstock, is now listed in the National Register of Historic Places, AP reports.

Prior to the festival that drew nearly half a million music fans to the Hudson Valley, New York in 1969, Bethel Woods was a dairy farm. During three days in August, 1969, The Who, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, and other rock icons performed on the grounds. In his announcement, Governor Cuomo called Woodstock a "pivotal moment in both New York and American history."

The Bethel Woods Center for the Arts continues to celebrate the event that made it famous. At the site’s museum, visitors can walk through the "Woodstock and The Sixties" exhibit which showcases artifacts and information from the period. The site also remains a music venue. Neil Diamond, Luke Bryan, and Rod Stewart are a few of the acts slated to perform there this summer.

[h/t AP]

From Cocaine to Chloroform: 28 Old-Timey Medical Cures


Is your asthma acting up? Try eating only boiled carrots for a fortnight. Or smoke a cigarette. Have you got a toothache? Electrotherapy might help (and could also take care of that pesky impotence problem). When it comes to our understanding of medicine and illnesses, we’ve come a long way in the past few centuries. Still, it’s always fascinating to take a look back into the past and remember a time when cocaine was a common way to treat everything from hay fever to hemorrhoids.

In this week's all-new edition of The List Show, Mental Floss editor-in-chief Erin McCarthy is highlighting all sorts of bizarre, old-timey medical cures. You can watch the full episode below.

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Mastodon Bones Have Been Discovered by Sewer Workers in Indiana

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Thomas Quine, Flickr // CC BY 2.0

When something unexpected happens during a sewer system project, the news is not usually pleasant. But when workers installing pipes in Seymour, Indiana stopped due to an unforeseen occurrence, it was because they had inadvertently dug up a few pieces of history: mastodon bones.

According to the Louisville Courier Journal, workers fiddling with pipes running through a vacant, privately owned farm in Jackson County happened across the animal bones during their excavation of the property. The fossils—part of a jaw, a partial tusk, two leg bones, a vertebrae, a joint, some teeth, and a partial skull—were verified as belonging to a mastodon by Ron Richards, the senior research curator of paleobiology for the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites. The mastodon, which resembled a wooly mammoth and thrived during the Ice Age, probably stood over 9 feet tall and weighed more than 12,000 pounds.

The owners of the farm, the Nehrt and Schepman families, plan to donate the bones to the Indiana State Museum in Indianapolis if the museum committee decides to accept them. Previously, mastodon bones were found in Jackson County in 1928 and 1949. The remains of “Fred the Mastodon” were discovered near Fort Wayne in 1998.

[h/t Louisville Courier Journal]