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 we … » 3/09/14 8:36pm 3/09/14 8:36pm

Happy birthday, Cosmonaut Valentina!

Once upon a time, Valentina Tereshkova was a textile factor worker who made a hobby of jumping off of stuff with parachutes. On June 16, 1963, she was the first woman to make it into space, piloting Vostok 6 through 48 orbits in 70.8 hours. Today is her birthday. » 3/09/14 6:49am 3/09/14 6:49am

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 Swahili … » 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

The Federation of Black Cowboys Is Closed For Renovation

To reach the Federation of Black Cowboys headquarters at Cedar Lane Stables, you take the A train for about an hour out of Manhattan to the Grant Avenue station in Howard Beach, walk a mile past park-and-ride lots and construction sites and a truck selling Polish sausage, then look for the wooden rail fencing around a… » 12/19/13 2:51pm 12/19/13 2:51pm

Oh my god, there were cat bombs during World War II

You can't beat World War II for crazy technological innovations. People worked on anything from shark repellent to exploding rats to bombs that would drift across the Pacific ocean on the wind. Unfortunately, there were also cat bombs. » 12/12/13 6:23pm 12/12/13 6:23pm

Vintage Photos Reveal Century-Long Obession with Dressing Up Pets

We've shown you some strange photos of intelligent animals before, but now it's time to share more vintage oddness. These images — some over a hundred years old — are evidence that humans never tire of dressing their pets up in cute and/or weird ways. » 11/22/13 12:36am 11/22/13 12:36am