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World War II in Color

Thousands of photographs in government archives bring the war to life.

The Man Who Built 40 Castles Around a Little German Town

Günther Beinert's regal miniatures appear all over Gerbstedt (population: 3,000).

Wikipedia: Paradox of Tolerance

The paradox of tolerance states that if a society is tolerant without limit, its ability to be tolerant is eventually seized or destroyed by the intolerant. Karl Popper described it as the...

'A Brilliant Way to Get Humans to Behave': The Shelter Where Volunteers Read to Farm Animals

It might be difficult to choose literature for a sheep, but as James Shackell discovers, the experience can benefit both parties

Fancy a Drive-Thru Donut? The Bright Lights of LA Car-Food Culture, in Pictures

AP Images: Children Learn Spain’s Deadly Art of Bullfighting

Photos and Text by Manu Fernandez

AskReddit: What Are Some of Dark Events Happened in History Not Many People Know About?

Browse the World's Strangest Books

Edward Brooke-Hitching set out to curate the ultimate collection of bizarre books down the ages. He leads us around the Madman’s Library

Go Viral on TikTok Drinking Cranberry Juice, Get a Free Truck

Not bad for a 45 second long video about nothing.

One of the Most Quoted Phrases From History Is Made Up and Mistranslated

And wrongly attributed to boot

Does Dark Tourism Exploit Tragedy for Profit?

Thanatourism, as one scholar calls it, has a long history. And some historic sites of mass death do offer thoughtful educational experiences.

Weather Photographer of the Year Winners Celebrate the Beauty of Nature

Moneymaker: The 1904 Photobooth

Grin and Bear It — On the Rise and Rise of Neo-Stoicism

The rise of neo-Stoicism is convenient for those searching for examples of goodness in a context that has been made unequal by design.

The Spirit of Post-Apocalyptic Russia Through Incredible Atmospheric Photographs

Russian photographer and urban explorer Alexander Sukharev likes to take pictures not only with his camera, but also mostly from the air with his drone: abandoned churches and military bases,...

Revolutionary Archaeology Reveals the Deepest Possible Anthropocene

A revolution in archaeology has exposed the extraordinary extent of human influence over our planet’s past and its future

On the Rocks: How Vodka Tourism Shaped and Shattered Decades of Soviet-Finnish Relations

In the West, the Soviet Union conjured images of tower blocks and the Cold War. It Finland, it meant cheap booze.

Venice Has People in Masks but No Carnival Fun

Photos Antonio Calanni | Text Antonio Calanni and Andrea Rosa

The Myth of Westernisation

Americans liked to believe that Japan was Westernising through the 20th century but Japan was vigorously doing the opposite

Daniel Kordan Captures an Enchanted Japanese Forest Lit by Fireflies

This Word Does Not Exist

The Stories Behind 15 Pasta Shapes

You eat pasta, and you love pasta. But have you ever wondered just how your favorite pasta shapes came to be?

Inside the New York Public Library's Last, Secret Apartments

There are just 13 left.

The Surprising Origin of Fried Chicken

Fried chicken is as emblematic of the US South as collard greens and sweet potato pie. But it may be more Scottish than Southern.

Why Read? Advice From Harold Bloom

The late Harold Bloom, literary critic and professor, may well have been one of the most prolific readers of all time. Given that, Bloom was uniquely well positioned to answer the question of why...

When Did Americans Lose Their British Accents?

Readers Nick and Riela have both written to ask how and when English colonists in America lost their British accents and how American accents came about.

Tatsuya Tanaka: How to Cook Hot Dog

Living With an Instagram Influencer Sounds Like A Nightmare

"She was getting crazy numbers of likes... but she never really seemed to socialise with anyone, either in the house or externally at uni."

50 People Show Us Their States' Accents

I’d like to know how accurate this is.

Why You Should Write

Be a creator, not just a consumer.

Wheel Talk: Berlin's Discarded Shopping Trolleys

Photographer Luca Ellena’s images of abandoned trolleys highlight how oblivious we’ve become to waste

View of the Taj Mahal That You Do Not Usually See

There Is More to the Experience of Wine Than Its Taste Alone

In this small twisting of the sense, in the difference of nuance, lies all the enigma of creation, along with our amazement.

AI Colorized: The World at War (1931-1941)

The original black and white documentary has been denoised, upscaled and colorized using artificial intelligence.

Aerial Photos of the Year 2020

How to Live in a Hut

There’s a dread that we normally keep at the far edges of our minds but which occasionally – particularly at 3am on a restless night – floods our thoughts: if we don’t constantly strive to...

40,000 Early Modern Maps Now Freely Available Online

Photography: Just the Two of Us

I Used Lockdown to Create Body-Positive Sculptures and Pull Myself Out of Debt

The Stoicism of the Hellenistic Boxer

Right by Rome’s Termini central station is one of my favourite museums of ancient Roman art, Palazzo Massimo alle Terme (home to these spectacular Roman frescoes). Palazzo Massimo is part of the...

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