10 Lessons From Real-Life Revolutions That Fictional Dystopias Ignore

Today's genre books are full of future dystopias, which only have one weakness: teenagers. And everybody knows that most dystopias are kind of contrived. But here are 10 lessons from real-life rebellions against repressive regimes, that we wish the creators of fictional dystopias would pay attention to. » 9/15/14 3:23pm 9/15/14 3:23pm

This was the first kiss ever filmed—and it was between two women

The Internet is currently ablaze over a video of strangers having a first kiss, but what was likely the first kiss committed to film was between two models—two female models. Oddly, the photographer filmed a same-sex kiss because, not in spite of, mores of the era. Artful nudity below. » 3/14/14 11:24pm 3/14/14 11:24pm

A brief history of collegiate women's athletics

We are currently driving across Pennsylvania on our way to do one last college visit for WinnieTheWoot before the acceptance letters start rolling in. We pulled in to State College this afternoon (no, she isn't considering Penn State, it was just a convenient stopover) and learned an interesting bit of history while… » 3/09/14 8:36pm 3/09/14 8:36pm

A lost city reveals the grandeur of medieval African civilization

Some of the world's greatest cities during the Middle Ages were on the eastern coast of Africa. Their ornate stone domes and soaring walls, made with ocean corals and painted a brilliant white, were wonders to the traders that visited them from Asia, the Middle East, and Europe. They were the superpowers of the… » 2/21/14 2:06am 2/21/14 2:06am

The best way to serve unicorn is with cloves and garlic

A medieval cookbook containing recipes for cooking unicorn has been (re)discovered at the British Library. Compiled by Geoffrey Fule, who worked in the kitchens of Philippa of Hainault, Queen of England (1328-1369), the book recommends marinating the beast in cloves and garlic, then roasting it on a griddle. » 1/24/14 2:36am 1/24/14 2:36am