Soviet Russia: the first country to send pistols and machetes into space.
"In November 2001, Pasfield’s son’s third-grade class in Ann Arbor, Michigan, started a unit about a Great Lakes people called the Potawatomi. They visited the Great Lakes Indians dioramas in what was then called the Exhibit Museum of Natural History in Ann Arbor for their final activity. Afterward, the boy illustrated the cover of his folder that contained all the worksheets from his unit on the Potawatomi Indians. He drew three deep graves with skeletons at the bottom and tombstones that said “R.I.P.” “This was devastating to me as a mother,” Pasfield says, “because my son is an enrolled tribal member.” Read more in our new article on indigenous histories and dioramas by Francie Diep.
“What today might be taken for sophomore-dorm drug ramblings was, in the 1880s, novel enough to be cutting-edge science.”
Sunglasses in 1807 (no, this is not photoshopped!).
Lord Byron’s carved signature in the dungeon of the Château de Chillon, 1816.
New article: How a colonial past shaped Star Trek’s utopian futures.
It turns out that Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh is (sort of) based on a true story.
Millerite chart that uses numerology to claim an imminent apocalypse, 1843. Read more.