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Gruesome Dental Manikin

Afraid of the dentist? If you have dentophobia, you probably thought that dentists are trained in medieval torture techniques, with this gruesome looking piece above as a temporary stand-in for your jaws. Take a deep breath. They’re just dental manikins. David Galbraith of [...]

Whatever Happened to the Ex-Slave Who Wrote a Letter to His Former Master?

Do you remember the awesome letter attributed to Jourdon Anderson, the freedman who was asked by his ex-master to return to work? Jason Kottke and David Galbraith dug through census and newspaper records to learn more about his life. Anderson may have stayed in Ohio and died in 1905 at the age of 79. Check [...]

Key Guns

Imagine that you’re a jailer in the Nineteenth Century. You have to open an occupied cell, perhaps to transfer a prisoner or deliver a meal. To open the cell, you need your hands free. But that would leave you unarmed. The solution is a key gun: a gadget that opens the cell while the jailer [...]