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Journey to the Centre of the Earth in a Rubber Dingy


Deep beneath the earth’s surface, in mountain tunnels, Antarctic ice, and abandoned zinc and gold mines, physicists search for the elusive ‘ghost particle’ known as neutrino.

The Lost American Museum that Had It All


He may be best known for the famous circus that bears his name, but before its founding, P.T. Barnum was the creator and owner of one of the largest, strangest attractions to ever exist.

Get in the Mood for Lurve with the Best Cookbook to Come out of the 80s


There were some things that were just accepted in the 80s and Barbara Cartland’s cookbook was one of them. Published in 1984, The Romance of Food features over 170 pages of kitschy technicolour plates that were all photographed at Cartland’s own Hertfordshire estate, the former home of Beatrix Potter, using her own antique porcelain and knick-knacks alongside the food.

Don’t Trust that Giant Abandoned Listening Device in Chernobyl


It looks like something out of a science fiction movie– close– it’s inside the Chernobyl exclusion zone.

I Refuse to Believe these are Paintings


I consider this a super human talent. Alien in fact. Seriously, why aren’t they checking this painter’s DNA for extra-terrestrial origins?

Marilyn Monroe’s Forgotten Hollywood Sorority


If you had knocked on the door of room 334 at the Hollywood Studio Club on Lexington Avenue in 1948, a 24 year-old struggling actress by the name of Marilyn Monroe would have answered with eyes full of hope.

13 Things I Found on the Internet Today (Vol. CCXXIII)


1. Inside an Old Pencil Factory 13 Things I Found on the Internet Today (Vol. CCXXIII) was published by Messy Nessy Chic.

A Brief Compendium of Vintage Caravan Brochures


There’s a certain “je ne sais quoi” about the kind of person who owns a caravan, isn’t there? So you would expect the sales brochures for a caravan to be a little more … let’s say colourful than your average marketing material.

Oh, to have been in Venice on the Night of September 3rd, 1951


It’s my birthday today– no, no, please, hold the gifts! I couldn’t possibly accept. But if you insist, I suppose I wouldn’t turn down a ticket and a time machine to the costume party of the century– Le Bal Oriental, hosted by an eccentric millionaire at his Venetian palazzo in September of 1951… Hosted by Charles de Beistegui, often referred to as “The Count of Monte Cristo”, a thousand guests attended, including Salvador Dali, Christian Dior and Orson Wells.

The Dark Secrets of a Tiny Tropical Island Occupied by Descendants of Pirates


(c) Ultra Panavision There’s a paradise island in the Pacific Ocean that no one wants to live on. Food and water is plentiful, the land is fertile, it’s surrounded by the most pristine ocean habitat in the world, and yet a potential extinction of the island’s current population (primarily direct descendants of pirates who shipwrecked themselves here 200 years ago) has been predicted for 2045.

In the Grand Scheme of Things


As you can imagine, I collect a lot of images from the internet. And sometimes, I need to unload them to clear some space on the old laptop.

Drive-in Church, 1947


I get really excited about anything you can drive through– movie theatres, restaurants, car washes, trees– it just feels very old school Americana, when the country’s love affair with the automobile was in full swing. Today I found these photographs of a drive-in church in St.

13 Things I Found on the Internet Today (Vol. CCXXII)


1. Girls Playing Cards ca 1920s Found on the Vintage Everyday Tumblr.   2. What’s left of an Indoor Water Park in the Netherlands Work by Pieter Van Roijen found on Behance.

17 Messy Nessy Adventures to Bucket List for 2017


This will be my last post of 2016; a brief compendium of my favourite discoveries I’ve shared throughout the year.

From Morocco to Cuba, this Guy is Documenting the World’s Endangered Cinemas


When I go to the cinema lately, I’ll admit, it does feel nostalgic, almost as if I’m doing something like they did “in the old days”– and my local cinema isn’t even a charming independent one. Should we blame it on Netflix?

Chasing American Dreams at the 1st Miss Soviet Union Beauty Pageant


The year was 1988, the iron curtain was falling and the final leader of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev, was patching up foreign relations with America after a schmoozy dinner with Ronald and Nancy Reagan in Washington.

Cinema’s First Sex Symbol was also America’s First Goth


From Mae West to Eva Green, the cinema archetype of the ‘femme fatale’ has fascinated and frightened audiences since Hollywood’s golden age.

What you can find Mudlarking on the Thames Foreshore in London


A few years ago, a worldly friend who’s always in the know posted something to her Facebook wall that went something like this: Mudlarking on the Thames is the best way to spend a Sunday morning in London. She had me at “mudlarking”—I had no clue what it was.

12 Places I’d Recommend to a Friend for New Years Eve in Paris


(c) Le Fou I don’t usually do this type of thing, but I’ve had a few emails asking for advice about where to go to bring in the new year in Paris, and I realised that if you’re not a local, finding any trustworthy suggestions on the net might seem impossible.

13 Things I Found on the Internet Today (Vol. CCXXI)


1. Experimental Utopias in America “Sweet Earth” is a series of photographs and accompanying texts that chronicle experimental utopias in the United States, in regions as diverse as California’s Mojave Desert, a roof garden in downtown Chicago, and the hills of Western Massachusetts, and from early American transcendentalist movements to more recent back-to-land endeavors.


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