Thousands of years ago in Hierapolis (now Turkey), tourists visited a temple named Plutonium built at a cave thought to be a gateway to the underworld. Magically, large and small animals would drop dead at the entrance to the cave while priest somehow survived. This isn’t legend, it’s reality. And now scientists have determinedRead More
Wonkette writer Robyn Pennacchia went on a brilliant Twitter rant about the strange history of square dancing, which is not an old American tradition, but rather a 20th century hoax that Henry Ford and Dr Pappy Shaw created to get white people to stop dancing to music made by black people.
Ford evenRead More
Preservationists restoring an 18th century statue of Jesus that was hanging in Burgos, Spain’s church of St. Águeda found a two handwritten letters tucked into the figure’s buttocks. Dated 1777, the notes were written by chaplin Joaquín Mínguez from the Burgo de Osma cathedral. The letters will be archived by the office of theRead More
By Cory Doctorow
Volk is the sequel to Eutopia, the brilliant, sinister supernatural tale of the real-world 19th century eugenics movement, written by Canadian horror great David Nickle.
Volk picks up decades after Eutopia let off, with the survivors of the great and terrible massacre that wiped out the brutal eugenicsRead More
Paul McNeil just published his comprehensive typographical overview, The Visual History of Type. To celebrate, he also published a list of his six favorite faces for It’s Nice That, starting with the first compact italic:
The Aldine Italic / Griffo’s Italic / 1501
Few typefaces have had as great an influence on WesternRead More
Claire Voon takes a fascinating look at engraver Joseph Strutt’s illustrations of strange medieval party games, many of which involve beating the hell out of other guests. report this ad
Via Hyperallergic, a look at Strutt’s 1801 book Glig-Gamena Angel-Deod, Or, The Sports and Pastimes of the People of England, a copyRead More