A mustache can transform a face so much that a man can be almost unrecognizable post-shave. With some effort, you might be able to recognize a man without his facial hair--but can you recognize the facial hair without the man? Read more
Long before it was “The Old Fashioned,” our favorite fireside drink was just the “Cocktail.” In his 1862 How to Mix Drinks, or the Bon Vivant’s Companion—widely considered the first “bartender’s Bible”—New York City mixologist Jerry Thomas described the drink as follows. You’ll note that bourbon, Read more
When it comes to inventors born before their time, it’s hard to beat Hero (or Heron) of Alexandria. The Greek mathematician and inventor, who lived and worked in the Egyptian city of Alexandria in the first century CE, used his intuitive understanding of physics, and in particular of air pressure, t Read more
One of the most intriguing types of artifacts left from ancient Inca culture is the khipu, a system of record-keeping based on an ornate system of knots tied in lengths of rope. As a New York Times report explains, “Researchers have long had a basic understanding of the numerical system incorporate Read more
Last month, we reported an exciting piece of news for blues fans: Texas-based forensic artist Lois Gibson had authenticated a previously unknown photograph of musical legend Robert Johnson, of whom only two photographs had previously been verified. Like many other media outlets, we ran with the stor Read more
When we recently shared a historian’s review of the new Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate, we got a mixed reaction. Some of you wondered why it matters whether Assassin’s Creed depicts an authentic version of Victorian London—after all, it’s just a game. Other readers were all for a more critical approach Read more