Category Archives: History

Cheap World War I antisceptc may save your life

Acriflavine, an antiseptic used in WWI hospitals could be the key to fighting antibiotic resistance – one of the current biggest threats to global health.€ Seven decades ago this simple antiseptic made from coal tar was replaced by penicillin after the war. It fights both viral and bacterial infections in an entirely different way – one… Read More »

The Noah’s Ark of US creative history is a nuclear bunker

The Library of Congress has over 160 million items in its collection, including 23 million books, and more than 1.1 million films, and television programs ranging from motion pictures made in the 1890s to today’s TV programs. … The library also holds nearly 3.5 million audio recordings of public radio broadcasts and music, representing over… Read More »

Time Travel: Realistically colored photos from the black and white past

Over the last couple years, an increasingly popular trend online has been to create and share colorized photos from history. Artists such as Jordan Lloyd, Dana Keller and Sanna Dullaway take intriguing old black-and-white photos and bring them to life with color as if they’d been taken only yesterday. http://twentytwowords.com/2013/11/06/realistically-colorized-historical-photos-make-the-past-seem-incredibly-real-36-pictures/ These black and white photos… Read More »

Weird But True! Netflix, Skype, Kindle Predicted in 1965

An article in a 1965 edition of Eagle, a British comic book, predicted the arrival of the Internet with stunning accuracy, including services similar to Skype, Netflix, Kindle and Google years before the very first rudimentary ARPANET links were even established and decades before the first incarnation of the world wide web became available to… Read More »

Unlocking Mysteries of 500-Year-Old Voynich Manuscript + Comparison to Roswell Script

Top: Undecipherable Roswell UFO symbols. Bottom: Undecipherable Voynich document writing. In the 100th issue of its quarterly, peer-reviewed journal, HerbalGram, the nonprofit American Botanical Council published a feature that may change the course of research on an approximately 500-year-old, illuminated text known as the Voynich Manuscript. Written in a curious language that is yet un-deciphered,… Read More »

Sherlock Holmes And The Expiring Copyright

Beloved sleuth Sherlock Holmes has stumbled onto a new conundrum: A federal judge in Chicago recently ruled that the characters in Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories — including Holmes and his partner, Dr. John Watson — now reside in the public domain. That means anyone who wants to write new material about the characters no longer… Read More »

Yes, atomic bomb that fell in US almost went off, says document

An H-bomb that accidentally plunged into a North Carolina field in 1961 came far too close to actually exploding, according to a secret document newly published by the Guardian. “Yeah. It would have been bad news – in spades.” Newly declassified documents are on everyone’s mind these days … the Guardian reports that the US… Read More »

Video: “Something” by the Beatles, just bass & drums

This was cool but it is now blocked on copywrite grounds. It’s not like you could buy it in a store. This, if anything, would increase sales of the song “Something,” it seems to me. “Something” – bass & drums – YouTube. Only Ringo’s and Paul’s tracks. Recorded at the EMI Studios, Abbey Road, London… Read More »

How Leon Foucault taught us to watch the world spin

Leon Foucault and his pendulum demonstrated the turning of the Earth. Google honored the French physicist with an interactive doodle. It’s easy to forget that while you read this article, you and your computer screen are racing through space at a nearly unimaginable speed. The earth constantly rotates on its axis at 1,037 miles per… Read More »