Dr. Pembroke’s Clinic – Anatomy Night School

During the intellectually ravenous period of the mid to late 1700’s, the study of medicine was flourishing and blooming like some strange, bloody, sticky anatomical flower, as doctors engaged themselves in the long road to true, empirical understanding of the human body. Luminaries such as my personal hero John Hunter, amongst others, were eager to expand their skills […]

August 26th, 1883 – The Day the Planet Shook!

The 1883 eruption of Krakatoa in the Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia) began in the afternoon of August 26th, 1883 (with origins as early as May of that year) and culminated with several destructive eruptions of the remaining caldera.

Dancing on a Crashing Spaceship

British TV sci-fi shows from the 80s had some notoriously bad sets; part of the fun with old episodes of Doctor Who is watching the set wobble on a regular basis. Around the same time that Colin Baker was playing the sixth Doctor, British pop band Five Star were dancing on a spaceship bridge that would have […]

Zashchitniki: Russian Sci-Fi Turns Super

The Cold War inspired many of America’s favorite superheroes, particularly of the spy and assassin variety, a reflection of America’s perception of the Soviet Union at the time. Such pop culture icons continue to evolve to resonate with current events and trends, but their roots will always mark the era of their birth. As political […]

August 25th, 1835 – Bat People on the Moon!

In 1835, the most well known and respected astronomer of the time was Sir John Herschel, and starting on August 25th the New York Sun published a series of six articles that were supposedly written by him. In the series Herschel shared his recent observations of the Moon in which he had witnessed and documented an entire civilization of “bat […]

Dan Dare – Dieselpunk Pilot of the Future?

Just less than five years after the end of World War II, on April 14th, 1950, Britain saw the debut a new comic book hero . . . Dan Dare “Pilot of the Future.” The story is set in the 1990s, forty years into the future for the original readers, but has a distinct 1940’s […]

Volcano Day; or, the Fall of Pompeii

Sometimes, historical tragedy is the archaeologist’s best friend. Most cities slowly fade into obscurity as people gradually pack up their belongings and move away, chasing greener or safer pastures. The buildings they leave behind slowly crumble until there’s nothing left but foundations which often become buried by debris, newer construction, or both. When death is […]

August 24th, 1932 – Amelia Earhart Does It Again!

Amelia Earhart set many records and achieved firsts for females in aviation, and on August 24th, 1932 she became the first woman to fly across the United States non-stop.

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