Board Games Have Always Been Great at Teaching Americans To Buy More Stuff

Here in the wake of Thanksgiving, there’s a tremendous marketing push by retailers who implore us to buy more things. Frankly, our entire economy depends upon people buying stuff they don’t need. But Americans have a tendency to romanticize the Before Times™ — an era when consumerism wasn’t so rampant. This longing… »Friday 1:50pm11/27/15 1:50pm


The Gruesome History of the Galapagos Islands' Nietzsche-Fueled Homesteader Death Showdown

The Galapagos Islands are best known for their giant tortoises, but they’re also the site of one of the most bizarre homesteading misadventures ever, complete with proto-hippies, a polyamorous baroness, potentially poisoned boiled chicken, births in pirate caves, and unsolved deaths that look a lot like murder. »11/20/15 11:05am11/20/15 11:05am

There Were American Nazi Summer Camps Across the US in the 1930s

During the latter half of the 1930s, a surprising number of Nazi-themed summer camps sprouted across the United States. Organized locally and without the support of Germany, these summer outings bore a startling resemblance to the Hitler Youth. Here’s what these camps were like—and how, for a short time, the Third… »11/19/15 2:52pm11/19/15 2:52pm

Time Capsule Opened, Contains Punchline For 71-Year-Old Joke

The residents of Lebanon, New Hampshire, recently discovered a time capsule hidden under the steps of their City Hall. Dated 1944, the capsule was in the form of a brown whiskey bottle. But sadly, there wasn’t any whiskey inside. Instead, it seems like it was just the set-up for a punchline 71 years in the making. »11/06/15 1:00pm11/06/15 1:00pm

The 5 Spookiest Movies That President Nixon Watched in the White House

I’ve become obsessed with the movies that US presidents watched while they were in office. So much so that I recently compiled my own list of all the movies Jimmy Carter watched in the White House. And now I’ve pored over Nixon’s complete list, compiled by author Mark Feeney. Nixon watched some dark shit. »10/29/15 3:09pm10/29/15 3:09pm

What It's Like To Drive The First Crappy Car Henry Ford Ever Built

When I was studying art history, some of the works I liked best were the ones never really meant to be seen — rough sketches from artists done in early planning stages of larger works, done to get a rough idea of feel or composition. That’s the context I like to view Henry Ford’s first car — a rough sketch. What… »10/23/15 1:01pm10/23/15 1:01pm

As Promised, Nike Finally Reveals BTTF II Air Mag Sneakers With Power Laces

Back in 2011, the Nike Air Mag, the shoes that Marty McFly wore in Back to the Future II, were released to a ravenous fan base. There was only one problem, unlike the shoes seen in the movie, Nike’s Air Mags didn’t have power laces. Nike promised they would come 2015, and today the company delivered. »10/21/15 6:21pm10/21/15 6:21pm