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Bored?  Games!

Bored? Games!

  At the 2017 SXSW festival in Austin, Texas, one of the exhibitions was about board games, slightly different versions of the ones normally seen on shelves, games like Pandemic where players collaborate to solves global crises, Collection Deck, less Ren...
It’s The End Of The World! (Again)

It’s The End Of The World! (Again)

BOOK, THANK PATRONS In the village of Gittisham, Devon, England, in the 18th century, lived a woman named Joanna Southcott.  Southcott became convinced that she had supernatural powers and began selling seals of the lord, essentially tickets to heaven, which people...
Making Do

Making Do

    Today’s episode is brought to you by our amazing supporters at patreon.com/yourbrainonfacts and by the Your Brain On Facts book, available for pre-order now at ybof.com/book, chock full of articles that have never and will never be included in the...
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...
Feeling Salty

Feeling Salty

    In the ancient Ghanian empire, a drum sounds in the distance.  Traders go to the appointed spot. The people they are trading with have already gone, leaving their goods behind them.  This is the silent trade. The commodity that wait for them unprotected...