How to Spot a Stressed Pussy.

One way to avoid a stressed-out cat – don’t put it on Twitter. Photograph: Alamy Cats are stressed. Ahead of a BBC documentary called Cat Wars (not exactly a soothing title), the anthrozoologist John Bradshaw has claimed that cat owners expect too much of their cats. Conditions such as dermatitis and cystitis are increasingly common, […]

London’s Tower Menagerie, 1812.

by Laura Bannister A brief history of London’s Tower Menagerie, 1812. It was New Year’s Eve 1764, and John Wesley—founding father of Methodism, horseback proselytizer, teetotaler—stood before the structure now known as the Tower of London, accompanied by a flautist, who was, in turn, accompanied by his flute. Wesley had traveled to this sprawling complex […]

Dark Passage, 1947.

Dark Passage (1947) is a Warner Bros. film noir directed by Delmer Daves and starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall. The film is based on the novel of the same name by David Goodis. It was the third of four films real-life couple Bacall and Bogart made together. The film is notable for employing cinematography […]

Heroin was originally sold for Coughs & Morphine Addiction, 1895.

The history of heroin as we know it today dates back to 1895, when a German chemist attempted to change morphine chemically in order to reduce its side effects and addictive qualities. The resulting drug he produced on behalf of his employer Bayer was called “heroin,” and advertised as a painkiller 10 times as potent […]

The Ancient City of Teotihuacan.

Panorámica de Teotihuacan (image via José Luis Ruiz / Flickr) Archaeologists may be a bit closer to solving one of the greatest ancient Mesoamerican mysteries: Who ruled the ancient city of Teotihuacán, and where are they buried? Small remote-controlled robots have led the team excavating the ruins to a cache of around 50,000 objects — […]

The Crypt of Civilization Time Capsule,1940.

The Crypt of Civilization, a multimillennial time capsule, is a chamber that was sealed behind a stainless steel door in 1940 at Oglethorpe University in Atlanta. The crypt is the “first successful attempt to bury a record of this culture for any future inhabitants or visitors to the planet Earth,” according to the Guinness Book […]

Electroplating the Dead, France, c.1860-1900.

In the book of morbid trivia I was reading, there was mention of a French doctor who devised a way of preserving corpses by coating them with a layer of metal. The account was dated to the beginning of the 20th century. “Dr. Varlot, a surgeon in a main hospital in Paris, has developed a […]

‘The Mandelbrot Loneliness’ by Nikita Kolbovskiy.

Beautiful illustration series by Nikita Kolbovskiy who is an architect and a CG artist based in Moscow, Russian Federation. Entitled: “the Mandelbrot Loneliness, and I just love this quote from his own description: “a separate planet with its own history” Learn more about Nikita Kolbovskiy Check out more of his work on Behance Source: The […]

Siberian Tigers, Eastern Russia.

Photograph by Konrad Wothe/Minden Pictures Siberian tigers, also known as Amur tigers, prowl not Siberian taiga but the chilly forests of eastern Russia. On the brink of extinction and numbering just a few dozen during the mid-20th century, some 400 to 500 of these cats live today in Russia, with a few more in China […]

Changing Culture of Dutch Funfairs.

“Dutch funfairs are an established tradition, often run by families who pass on the business from generation to generation. It’s a business that can be difficult at times,” says Julie Hrudova, of The Dutch Funfair, a series of atmospheric photographs that show the dying culture of candy floss, helter skelters and waltzers. “The investments are […]