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Almanac

Phil Edwards explains the world through its footnotes. Read more below or watch Almanac on Vox's YouTube channel.

The bridge design that helped win World War II

A lighthouse with an inset Fresnel lens
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The invention that fixed lighthouses

World Chase Tag in Atlanta
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How tag became a professional sport

Mike Pompeo’s RNC speech will place him as the most partisan secretary of state in decades

A classic slow-motion scene in “The Matrix.”
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How slow motion changed movies

John Snow’s map and cholera.
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How to trace an outbreak in 1854

Rosie the riveter at work
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The real story behind Rosie the Riveter

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The right way to play Monopoly

The Venus de Milo is famous. Why?
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How the Venus de Milo got so famous

Warren Remedy
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Was this the greatest dog of all time?

A more recent version of the game of Life.
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Why the game of Life used to have poverty, suicide, and ruin

Florida or Hollywood?
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Hollywood almost lost to this city

An illustration demonstrating animation via Rotoscope.
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The trick that made animation realistic

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The insect collector who gave us stop motion

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How Mars photos inspired the first CGI

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Why the US drinking age is 21

Route 66
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Why Route 66 became America’s most famous road

The suburban monotony was part of the plan.
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Why so many suburbs look the same

Manhattan city plans
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Where Manhattan’s grid came from

Three American Innovators
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Glamping with Thomas Edison and Henry Ford

Astronaut ice cream is a lie.
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Astronaut ice cream is a lie

This photo reveals Seinfeld's never-before-seen fourth wall

Eiji Tsuburaya made Godzilla come alive — and it changed film forever

The Canada goose is unstoppable.
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The goose that conquered America

Leonardo’s map of Imola
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How Leonardo da Vinci made a “satellite” map in 1502

A fresh baby cage.
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The bold and beautiful baby cage

How these @#)$( things became a symbol for cursing
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How #$@!% became shorthand for cursing

The DeLorean DMC-12
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The DeLorean paradox: how it failed and became a legend

9 superb owl facts you need to know

This is the telegram MLK sent Malcolm X's wife after her husband's assassination

Read MLK's childhood letter about throwing snowballs and making snowmen

Court dissolves North Carolina elections board with election fraud scandal still under investigation

World War II and venereal disease
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The World War II battle against STDs

The biggest lie we still teach in American history classes

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The facial prosthetics of World War I

Thresh and WASD
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Why gamers use WASD to move

The Marvel Cinematic universe feels a little empty.
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Why the Marvel Cinematic Universe feels empty

An early ninja illustration
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How ninjas went mainstream

Jackson Pollock
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How Jackson Pollock became so overrated

Fraternities at work.
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Why colleges tolerate fraternities

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