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World War I Centennial: Rattling the Saber at Sea

The First World War was an unprecedented catastrophe that killed millions and set the continent of Europe on the path to further calamity two decades later. But it didn’t come out of nowhere. With the centennial of the outbreak of hostilities coming up in 2014, Erik Sass will be looking back at the lead-up to [...]

They Buy Gold: A Brief History of Pawn Shops

You see them littering strip malls, and you know they allegedly pay top dollar for scrap gold. How well do you know the history and nuances of your local pawn shops, though? Let’s take a look behind the pawnbroker’s counter. © Owaki/Kulla/Corbis Pawning Some History Pawnbroking may not be known as the world’s oldest profession, but it [...]

British Pubs: Signs of the Times, Part Two

“QUANTUM SHOT” #593Link – article by Simon Rose Pub signs are almost like time machines… Some locals may even intentionally design ugly signs in order to keep their beloved pubs to themselves. Sometimes this strategy works, sometimes it leads to…. a DRB article. First, for a little vintage beer-related eye-candy, check out these Labatt’s Canadian trucks from [...]