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How Did the Monocle Become a Symbol of Wealth and Prestige?

The monocle was once a status symbol worn by wealthy and powerful men like Canadian politician Sir Louis-Napoléon Casault. How did this fashion develop? Slate’s J. Bryan Lowder explains: Though the exact origins of the monocle are unclear, fashion historian Richard Corson sets their general appearance around the turn of the 19th century in Great Britain, with quick [...]

How the Gas Pump Knows When to Shut Off

The first gasoline pump certainly didn’t exist for the purpose of fueling cars – though Karl Benz was tinkering with the idea, cars weren’t even invented yet. Created in 1885, that first pump was there to dispense fuel for stoves and kerosene lamps. It sure came in handy when cars did enter the scene, though. The [...]