Article, History

Rare Vintage Photos of Early 20th Century Paris

Bryan Dugan

In 1903, with a little help from the potato, the Brothers Lumière revolutionized color photography.

Lotus 1-2-3, Three Decades On

Chris Higgins

Benjamin Franklin and Jonathan Swift Were Fart Joke Masters

Lucas Reilly

Benjamin Franklin was many things: printer, inventor, postmaster, turkey-zapper, constitution-signer, and connoisseur of fart jokes. The founding father fancied flatus.

Celebrate Physicist Ronald E. McNair, Who Died in the Challenger Disaster

Erin McCarthy

On this date in 1986, the Challenger exploded 73 seconds after liftoff, killing all seven people on board—including physicist Ronald E. McNair, who was the second African American to enter space.

23 Vintage Photos of People Having Fun in the Snow

Erin McCarthy

Get cozy and enjoy these historical photos of snow day shenanigans. Who knows—maybe they'll inspire you to bundle up, venture out, and have some fun.

How Pearl Harbor Led to a War on Pinball

By Prohibition’s end, temperance types had found a new target: pinball. Their crusade got a boost when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor.

Morals, Mammaries, and the Invention of the Stethoscope

Matt Soniak

In 1816, French physician Rene Theophile Hyacinthe Laennec had a young woman on his exam table, and no idea what to do with her.

WWI Centennial: Coup in Constantinople, Betrayal in the Balkans, Conniving in the Caucasus

Erik Sass

Installment #53: In January 1913 there was reason to hope the First Balkan War was winding down.

He Could Have Discovered America, but He Wanted to See His Parents

Matt Soniak

The story of Bjarni Herjólfsson.

Snapshots of the 1917 Russian Revolution

Erin McCarthy