Category Archives: History

People in 1920s Berlin Nightclubs Flirted via Pneumatic Tubes – Atlas Obscura

It was the Tinder of the early 20th century. Source: People in 1920s Berlin Nightclubs Flirted via Pneumatic Tubes – Atlas Obscura

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BBC – Travel – The last troglodytes of Iran

These ancient underground dwellings provide shelter for villagers – and their livestock – during Maymand’s biting winters. Source: BBC – Travel – The last troglodytes of Iran

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The GIF Turns 30: How an Ancient Format Changed the Internet

The web’s favorite way to say how you feel just turned 30. Yep, it turns out the GIF is a millennial, too. Source: The GIF Turns 30: How an Ancient Format Changed the Internet

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Toquima Cave – Austin, Nevada | Atlas Obscura

This central Nevada cave is the spiritual home of ancient and enigmatic pictographs. Source: Toquima Cave – Austin, Nevada | Atlas Obscura

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The Surprisingly Stubborn Theory That Beethoven’s Heartbeat Influenced His Music | Atlas Obscura

For decades, doctors have been trying to use a few sonatas to diagnose the composer with cardiac arrhythmia. Source: The Surprisingly Stubborn Theory That Beethoven’s Heartbeat Influenced His Music | Atlas Obscura

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Peeling Back the History of Soviet Wallpaper

What do the walls of abandoned Soviet-era apartments look like? Source: Peeling Back the History of Soviet Wallpaper

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Where the Heroes of Your Favorite Fairy Tales Live

The dark and wondrous world of children’s stories. Source: Where the Heroes of Your Favorite Fairy Tales Live

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The Once Glamorous Salton Sea is Now Rife With Toxic Dust and Dying Fish

The Salton Sea is a polluted accident turned natural resource, and the government is finally giving it funding. Source: The Once Glamorous Salton Sea is Now Rife With Toxic Dust and Dying Fish

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Why Linguists are Fascinated by the American Jewish Accent | Atlas Obscura

The linguistic field of prosody, the story of melody, pitch, and other hard-to-study verbal traits, is suddenly hot. Source: Why Linguists are Fascinated by the American Jewish Accent | Atlas Obscura

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Viewpoint: The myth of ‘strong’ British rule in India – BBC News

Jon Wilson revisits the history of British rule in India and concludes it was not an effective system of government, but chaotic, violent and wracked by anxiety. Source: Viewpoint: The myth of ‘strong’ British rule in India – BBC News

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