History

August 8, 2018

Exquisitely Designed 2,000-Year-Old Roman Shoe Discovered in a Well

We all know the ancient Romans were skilled engineers, constructing vast highways to cover the enormous lands they conquered. But did you know they were also fashionable? In the Empire, footwear was used as a status symbol in addition to providing warmth and protection. And with Italy’s reputation for shoes, it should come as no surprise that their Roman ancestors were also good cobblers.

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July 24, 2018

Look Inside Stanley Kubrick’s Copy of ‘The Shining’ Filled With His Personal Notes

Stanley Kubrick once said that his adaptation of Stephen King’s novel, The Shining, would be the “scariest horror movie of all time.” And although it was met with mixed reviews when it was first released in 1980, today many people believe The Shining to be a true horror masterpiece. Recently, the Overlook Hotel blog (run by director Lee Unkrich)

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June 4, 2018

20th-Century Message in a Bottle Sends Redditors on a Search for an Adventurous Seaman

On Floreana Island in the Galapagos, there sits an unusual “post office” that doesn’t have any employees. There’s also no building to house the handwritten letters—just a barrel that serves as a makeshift mailbox. Known as Post Office Bay, the wooden vessel has acted as a functioning post office since the 1700s. Sans mail carrier, it relies on the goodwill of fellow travelers to get the letters to their intended destinations.

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May 7, 2018

Rare Photos of the First Australasian Expedition to Antarctica in 1911

In 1911, a group of scientists and adventurers set off on the Australasian Antarctic Expedition, which covered previously unexplored areas of Antarctica. Led by Dr. Douglas Mawson—a geologist, explorer, and academic—the voyage produced a wealth of scientific information and aided in mapping the area. The journey was meant to chart the 2,000-mile coastline of Antarctica that lay south of Australia and lasted until 1914.

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