hiStory 2

hiStory 2

  The reign of Queen Victoria is remembered for two things above all else — imperialism and prudishness.  Sexual repression was the watchword of the era. Fashion trends soon saw women in dresses that reach from their jaw to the ground.  A glimpse of ankle...
You Gonna Eat That?

You Gonna Eat That?

For this recipe, take some whitefish, heavily salt and air-dry it.  Ship it across an ocean, then soak it for a week days in a solution of cold water and sodium hydroxide, also known as caustic soda, also known as lye, the chemical used to make soap, yes, just like in...
Conspiracy Truthies

Conspiracy Truthies

Make love not war may be the enduring slogan of anti-war campaigners but in 1994 the US air force produced its own variation on the philosophy. What if it could release a chemical that would make an opposing army’s soldiers think more about the physical...
The Dogs (and inventions) of War

The Dogs (and inventions) of War

3,150 soldiers and 54,000 pigeons made up the United States Army Pigeon Service, from 1917 to 1957, who delivered messages with an astounding 90 percent success rate.  One American pigeon known as G.I. Joe, no joke, even received a medal for gallantry after delivering...
Moral Panic! at the Disco

Moral Panic! at the Disco

 In the mid-18th century, American church officials spoke out vehemently against the work of founding father and inventor Benjamin Franklin.  They called him a heretic and said he would bring destruction upon them all. One pastor even blamed Franklin for invoking...