Do you remember the worst, most over-the-top dystopian fiction you ever wrote? You know what I’m talking about. That terrible short story you hammered out in middle school, inspired by books like 1984 and Brave New World? Well, ignore the people who tell you that we live in the world of Orwell or Huxley. We live in…
Regular readers of Paleofuture know I’m constantly on the hunt for interesting time capsules. But I draw the line at putting your life on the line for a good time capsule story. Especially if it involves something called a “survival biscuit.”
Last month, rumors leaked that the creators of the 2006 film Idiocracy were teaming up with actor Terry Crews to make anti-Trump TV commercials. But now those rumors have been put to rest, and Crews has given us a hint about why. It seems that Mike Judge, the director of Idiocracy, might be afraid of offending fans of…
It’s the end of an era as the last Japanese company to make VCRs says it’ll throw in the towel and stop manufacturing them by August. But also: Wait, people were still making VCRs? Things really do stick around.
“Do you want to see Gough Whitlam’s FBI file?” I said, walking into the other room where my wife was reading.
Remember 2001? Neither do I. But as best I can tell, it was a raucous time for people to get on the ‘net (that’s what people called the internet in olden times). And if you were confused about where to start, there were plenty of VHS tapes available to help navigate this brave new world—like Computer For Grannies, a…
Americans didn’t invent outdoor advertising. That distinction would probably have to go to the ancient Egyptians who would put up notices offering rewards for runaway slaves. But Americans certainly moved the outdoor advertising art form forward in our own ostentatious way during the 20th century.
Ever wonder what a hot journalistic exclusive looked like in 1919? Well, you’re looking at it. Not just a pair of hands—it’s the only authentic photograph of Mr. [Thomas] Edison’s hands ever taken publisht here for the first time. At least that’s what the December 1919 issue of Electrical Experimenter magazine said.
If you go to department stores in Japan you’ll sometimes be greeted by a friendly robot. Maybe one that looks like this:
Apparently some people are angry that the new Ghostbusters movie has “ruined their childhood.” But I must confess that this came as a shock to me. Because either these people discovered a way to travel back to the 1980s... or they don’t understand how the simple progression of time works.
It’s no secret that my favorite comic strip of all time is Closer Than We Think by Arthur Radebaugh. The strip is largely forgotten today, but it featured the very best of flying cars and jetpacks from the Golden Age of futurism. The pulpy time capsule ran in over 200 newspapers from 1958 until 1963, and ever since I…
History was made when the first in-flight movie was screened over Chicago in 1921. But it wasn’t until 1939 that passengers were treated to the first in-flight TV. What was playing on the boob-tube in the sky? Live footage of their own plane, oddly enough.
If you’re in Los Angeles and looking for something to do this weekend, I suggest heading down to the Petersen Automotive Museum. They’ve got a free screening of the documentary Outatime. If you haven’t heard of it, that’s the documentary about the DeLorean time machine from the Back to the Future trilogy.
Light beer is as American as apple pie, and Miller Lite is one of America’s favorite light beers. But what if I told you that the marketing man behind the creation of the Miller Lite brand was investigated by the FBI for being a communist? That’s the startling revelation that has come to light based on newly released…
In February, Willis Carto was buried at Arlington National Cemetery alongside men and women who fought against Nazis. But perversely, Carto wished that the Nazis had won. He made his name as one of the 20th century’s most vile racists, and the FBI has now released most of Carto’s file in response to a Freedom of…
Astronauts on the International Space Station need to relax, just like the rest of us. So it’s no surprise that there are movies and TV shows on board for them to watch. I’ve obtained the complete list through a Freedom of Information request, which is published below.
I came across this fantastically modern ad in the April 1945 issue of Radio-Craft magazine and just had to share it with you as we all slowly slide into the Fourth of July weekend.
When prominent pilots were dying in the 1900s some people started to wonder if aviation really had a future. French daredevil Leon Delagrange died in early January of 1910, leading magazines like the Literary Digest to have doubts about whether air travel could become a serious means of transportation.