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Churches and their Hidden Basement Bowling Alleys


Churches have bowling alleys? Yes, they do, but they’re a dying breed. There are thought to be less than 200 churches with bowling lanes left in America today, but as early as the 1860s, they were quite common across the Midwest and parts of the Northeast.

Stop Everything and become Obsessed with Miniature Japanese Paper Crafts


Somewhere in between Lego and Origami, is the world of Japanese miniature paper crafts. I know, I’ve been on the weird and wonderful side of the internet again today, getting very familiar with a company called Sankei, a Japanese paper craft company that sells all their scale model paper craft kits on Amazon.

The Girls We Should Thank for Kickstarting Hollywood


Did you know know that half of all the films copyrighted in between 1911 and 1925 were written by women?

When Paris Invited both the Nazis and Soviets to its 1937 World Expo


World War II wouldn’t break out for another two years, the Nazis wouldn’t invade Paris and hang Swastika flags all over town for another few.

Ghostly Cells of a Notorious University Prison


Wait a second, I recognise this room from somewhere, I thought to myself, squinting my eyes at the computer screen, cocking my head to one side.

The Disappearing Small Town Shops of Karoo


I‘ve been discovering Karoo through oil paintings on canvas today. Karoo is a bit like South Africa’s answer to the Mojave.

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


1. Extras on the set of Spartacus Extras playing corpses on the set of Spartacus assigned with numbers so that Stanley Kubrick could address them individually and give them instructions.

Instagram’s Most Adventurous Naked Hippie


I think this is the shot that got me hooked on the Magdalena experience. Yup. It’s got everything I could ever need in an Instagram photo: abandoned building; check, ghost town; check, vintage typography, old neon sign, female body confidence and serious wanderlust vibes; check.

What’s Left of a Corrupt Cartel Cop’s Replica Parthenon Palace


If you look up the definition of “police corruption” in the dictionary, there should really be a photograph of Arturo “El Negro” Durazo Moreno, the infamous Chief of Police in Mexico City, from 1976 to 1982.

Inside Le Monocle, the Parisian Lesbian Nightclub of the 1930s


If you were to hang around Montmartre after sundown in the 1920s & 30s, it’s likely you were looking for something a little more Avant-Garde than what you might find on the Parisian Left Bank.

Stop Everything and Get a Brooklyn Brownstone for your Cat


Now, I’m not exactly a cat person per se, but today the internet may have finally lured me out of my doghouse and into the light.

The Pagan Wild Men of Europe


Slightly terrifying, right? Not the sort of crowd you want to run into alone, in an empty field, with the sounds of chanting coming from the woods yonder.

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


1. This Guy This is Peter Arnold, a world renowned Spitfire historian. He basically spends his time globetrotting the world, documenting and authenticating WW2 Spitfire aircrafts that are still flying and those in various stages of restoration.

Date Night at the Moonlight Rollerway


So here’s pretty much how my morning on the internet went. First, it gave me this 1970s photograph of a rapunzel-esque babe on roller skates ↓ After some googling of “long-haired roller skating girl”, I eventually find out the girl was Debra Jo Fondren, playmate of the year 1978, which later led me to this video ↓ of Playboy’s Roller Disco & Pajama Party circa 1979, in what seems to an early attempt at making a reality tv show at the LA Playboy Mansion.

Date Night at the Moonlight Rollerway


So here’s pretty much how my morning on the internet went. First, it gave me this 1970s photograph of a rapunzel-esque babe on roller skates ↓ After some googling of “long-haired roller skating girl”, I eventually find out the girl was Debra Jo Fondren, playmate of the year 1978, which later led me to this video ↓ of Playboy’s Roller Disco & Pajama Party circa 1979, in what seems to an early attempt at making a reality tv show at the LA Playboy Mansion.

This Vintage Gas Station Museum Deserves to be on many more Bucket Lists


Today I learned that in the world of collectibles, gas pumps actually have their own genre, and it’s called “petroliana“.

A Collection of School Lunch Bags Upgraded to Artworks by a Dedicated Doodling Dad


So how’s everyone settling back into school, work or just life in general post-summer? Yeah … me too.

A Brief Compendium of Vintage Opium Underworlds


I don’t want to make anyone feel uncomfortable, so if you’re reluctant to step inside the world of 19th century junkies, I suggest you close the door and come back tomorrow when I promise to have something a little lighter and brighter for you on the menu.

A Brief Compendium of Vintage Opium Underworlds


I don’t want to make anyone feel uncomfortable, so if you’re reluctant to step inside the world of 19th century junkies, I suggest you close the door and come back tomorrow when I promise to have something a little lighter and brighter for you on the menu.

The Tiny Scottish Village that became the Unlikely Las Vegas of the 19th Century


Ever heard of Gretna Green? Long before Las Vegas was famous for its wedding chapels and priests dressed as Elvis, this tiny village just over the Scottish border was a notorious destination for runaway lovers to elope.


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