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WWI Centennial: The Conference of London Convenes

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 [...]

Man Turns Old Bus into Corner Office

According to internet rumor, a man in Hungary cut up a scrapped Ikarus bus and turned it into a home office. It’s probably no longer street legal, but the lights still work. You can see more photos at the link. Link -via Walyou

11 Monarchs Who Went Insane

With election season in full swing, perhaps it’s time to take a step back and be glad that neither candidate makes out with corpses or thinks they have bones made of glass. Whether they were born with mental illness or slowly descended into lunacy as a result of leading tragic lives, these 11 rulers definitely [...]

Link Latte 186

#186 – Week of August 17, 2012 SF Writers Predict the 2012 Future, from 1987 – [fascinating!] The Great Moon Hoax, more – [vintage, info] A remake of the first website ever made – [web history] When Forgeries Are Worth More Than the Originals – [cool info] iTypewriter: Finally Enjoying Typing! – [cool project] Adam Niklewicz: Extreme Sculptures Based on Food [...]

Woody Woodpecker’s Movie Cameos

(YouTube link) The clip is from 1960 film The Time Machine, produced and directed by George Pal, based on the H.G. Wells novel. Yes, you’ve seen this movie probably more than a few times. But did you ever see Woody Woodpecker in it? He’s there, for an interesting reason. When director George Pal first came to the [...]

Leader of Anti-Semitic Party in Hungary Found Out He’s Actually Jewish

Oh, the irony. The leader of a far-right anti-semitic political party in Hungary, who was notorious for his incendiary comments against Jews, discovered that he’s actually Jewish himself: … Csanad Szegedi had in the past [...]

A Brief History of Olympic Defectors

Getty Images For some athletes, the Olympics aren’t just a competition: they’re a chance to escape oppression. Earlier this week, seven of Cameroon’s athletes disappeared from London’s Olympic Village. The week before, three runners from Sudan’s Olympic training squad filed for asylum in Britain. Here’s a look at some other Olympic defections. 1948 Summer Olympics: London Marie Provaznikova, [...]

11 of the Craziest Events in Olympic History

Olympic history books are filled with stories of amazing individual performances and team achievements. But from poorly conceived competitions to spectators attacking the judges, a lot of crazy stuff has happened along the way. 1. Killing Animals Causes Horror, Fainting Live Pigeon Shooting, 1900 Paris Olympics Live Pigeon Shooting was the only time in Olympic history when [...]

Hungary’s Red Sludge Disaster Zone Two Years Later

There’s a section of Hungary known as the red sludge disaster zone, where the land was ravaged by toxic waste in 2010 and now looks like a surreal martian landscape devoid of human life. The photos in this series were taken by Palíndromo Mészáros for American Photo, and they capture the colorfully barren nature of the ruined [...]

World War I Centennial: Confusion Reigns in Constantinople

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 [...]