World’s Strangest

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The Upside-Down Illustrations of Peter Newell

Peter Newell’s work was very popular at the end of the 19th century, appearing in children’s books like Topsys and Turvys, a collection of poems and images that can be viewed upside-down or right-side-up. Below are my favorites. His work also appeared often in Harper’s Weekly, Scribner’s Magazine, and The Saturday Evening Post. Take a [...]

The Amazing Origin of Silly Putty

Silly Putty was invented by accident when GE engineer James Wright was working to develop new types of rubber for the US military during World War II. Wright spent over a year experimenting with different combinations of chemical compounds, hoping to produce a synthetic, “hard rubber” silicone that could withstand the high heat of jet engines [...]