1. Extras on the set of Spartacus
Extras playing corpses on the set of Spartacus assigned with numbers so that Stanley Kubrick could address them individually and give them instructions.
2. Keith’s Bicycle Track
A bicycle track, only described as “Keith’s Bicycle Track,” circa 1901.
3. “Perfect time capsule”: Explorer’s long-lost ship found
The second of two British explorer ships that vanished in the Arctic nearly 170 years ago during a storied expedition to find the fabled Northwest Passage has been found. The Arctic Research Foundation said Monday that the HMS Terror has been located by a research ship.
The Terror was discovered in 26 yards of water in Terror Bay, a small indentation on the coast of King William Island west of the community of Gjoa Haven. It was located right where an Inuit hunter said it would be.
Read the full article on CBS News
4. A Time Capsule Discovered For The Year 2957
MIT recently discovered a time capsule filled with some amazing materials from 1957 inside. It’s not supposed to be opened until the year 2957, and thankfully MIT is honoring that wish.
Full article over on Gizmodo.
5. The New York Public Library’s little-known “human Google” service answers any question by phone
Set up in the 1960s, the line is manned by nine librarians and information assistants. The team gets a lot of calls from people who want to fact-check things they’ve heard on the news, says Caballero-Li. “Around the time that Prince died, we had a caller who wanted to know if they had found out what the cause of his death was,” she recalls.
Full article found on Quartz
6. Leonardo DaVinci’s To Do List
Buried in one of these books, dating back to around the 1490s, is a to-do list:
[Calculate] the measurement of Milan and Suburbs
[Find] a book that treats of Milan and its churches, which is to be had at the stationer’s on the way to Cordusio
[Discover] the measurement of Corte Vecchio (the courtyard in the duke’s palace).
[Discover] the measurement of the castello (the duke’s palace itself)
Get the master of arithmetic to show you how to square a triangle.
Get Messer Fazio (a professor of medicine and law in Pavia) to show you about proportion.
Get the Brera Friar (at the Benedictine Monastery to Milan) to show you De Ponderibus (a medieval text on mechanics)
[Talk to] Giannino, the Bombardier, re. the means by which the tower of Ferrara is walled without loopholes (no one really knows what Da Vinci meant by this)
Ask Benedetto Potinari (A Florentine Merchant) by what means they go on ice in Flanders
Ask Maestro Antonio how mortars are positioned on bastions by day or night.
[Examine] the Crossbow of Mastro Giannetto
Find a master of hydraulics and get him to tell you how to repair a lock, canal and mill in the Lombard manner
[Ask about] the measurement of the sun promised me by Maestro Giovanni Francese
Try to get Vitolone (the medieval author of a text on optics), which is in the Library at Pavia, which deals with the mathematic.
Found on Open Culture.
7. This Hidden Room
8. These Crazy Hats
All for sale on this Etsy Shop.
9. These Chinese Lantern Plants
There’s a whole Pinterest page dedicated to them here.
10. A Miniature Apothecary Cabinet from Delft, 1730
11. 7UP’S Psychedelic LSD-friendly Ad Campaign of the 1960s
In 1967 ad execs at J. Walter Thompson Company in Chicago pitched a radical repositioning of 7Up as a way of reviving dormant sales of the drink—the idea was to capture the new hippie market for 7Up. The Uncola campaign stretched from 1969 to 1975. The Uncola campaign was perhaps advertising’s most adventurous foray into truly psychedelic imagery, even to the point of appearing to endorse LSD use as an activity fit for 7Up-consuming adults.
Full article found on Collector’s Weekly.
12. A Nazi DJ spins records at a radio exhibition in Berlin, 1932
Designed as propaganda of the Nazi gramophone plate industry which produced only records of the national socialist movement.
13. The First Rolls Royce in Nepal?
The internet is a little undecided about this photo. Some sources say it’s a Rolls Royce gifted by the Queen in 1961, others say it’s Adolf Hitler’s Mercedes gift to the King of Nepal in 1939. Another source says it was the first car ever in Nepal. Who has the right answer?!
And here’s the video of Nepali men carrying a (the) car? to Kathmandu.
Image found on Reddit.