1. An advertisement from Bell Telephone 100 years ago
How the phone failed to make the Spanish flu crisis bearable, full article found on Fast Company.
2. Restaurant Sleepovers of World War II
Diners are tucked in to bed in the basement of ‘The Hungaria” restaurant on Lower Regent St – October, 1940. The restaurant allowed patrons to sleep overnight due to The Blitz.
Found on The Telepgraph.
3. An Antique door to help Drunk Homeowners Return Home
Door in Regensburg, Germany – designed in 1380 to make it easier for the homeowner to fit the key into the keyhole when returning home in the dark, or after having one beer too many.
Found on Reddit.
4. This Rare 17th Century Parisian Apartment for Holiday Rental
Located in the Marais on, Rue Quincampoix, one of the city’s oldest streets. It was on the Rue Quincampoix that the story of one of the earliest examples of an economic bubble began, giving birth to the term, “millionaire“, first coined in 18th century France.
The apartment is available with One Fine Stay, $675 a night.
5. What the Completed Great Pyramid Would’ve Really Looked Like
6. Custom coin comes with a tiny sword & a hidden secret
Created by Roman Booten.
7. Just a Giant Ice Train Sculpture
The Harbin International Ice and Snow festival is an annual winter festival that takes place with a theme in Harbin, Heilongjiang, China, and now is the largest ice and snow festival in the world.
Found on Reddit.
8. And a UFO Chicken Coop
9. How you got your hair done in the 1920s for a permanent wave
It was called a delineator. More found on Witness 2 Fashion.
10. A Harlem Fashion Boutique (1968) credited with popularizing Afrocentric style for the next decade
NYC’s Black owned and operated ‘New Breed’ boutique – pictured in 1968. was credited with starting the Afro-centric fashion wave that consumed the Black American masses for the next decade.
11. Mini-dressed hostesses working for British Rail in 1972
Designed by Pierre Cardin. Found on Tumblr.
12. Meanwhile in Poland on Easter Monday
Today is Śmigus-dyngus, meaning “Wet Monday”, a holiday celebrated mostly in Poland. Traditionally boys would pour water on girl they fancy and and spank them with pussy willow branches on Easter Monday, and girls give them an egg, money, brandy or gifts in return! Folks nowadays can still get carried away with all-day water battles, but most just sprinkle family members with water and exchange gifts. The origins of the celebration are uncertain, but it may date to pagan times before 1000 AD; it is described in writing as early as the 15th century.
After all the water had been thrown, the screaming girls would often be dragged to a nearby river or pond for another drenching. Sometimes a girl would be carried out, still in her bed, before both bed and girl were thrown into the water together. Particularly attractive girls could expect to be soaked repeatedly during the day… Girls could save themselves from a soaking by giving boys “ransoms” of painted eggs (pisanki), regarded as magical charms that would bring good harvests, successful relationships and healthy childbirths. Although in theory the girls are supposed to wait until the following day to get their revenge by soaking the boys, in practice both sexes throw water over each other on the same day.
It continues to be observed throughout Central Europe, and also in the United States, where certain patriotic American elements have been added to the traditional Polish ones. It’s mostly a case of light sprinkling of water
Found on Wikipedia.
13. Finding Accidental Renaissance in Modern Photographs
There’s an entire internet forum dedicated to spotting “Accidental Renaissance” on Reddit.