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Almanac

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

Anne Parrish and her husband, depicted in illustration
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Watch how a mathematician explains an astonishing coincidence

Would you use time travel to kill baby Hitler?
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This video is a history of people proposing time travel to kill baby Hitler

Why people never smiled in old photographs

Momofuku Ando in 2005, enjoying his instant noodles.
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How Momofuku Ando invented instant ramen — and transformed Japanese cuisine

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How the Mona Lisa became so overrated

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Where the “comic book font” came from

The distinctive handwritten style isn't handwritten anymore. And it also has a surprising history.

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The hippest internet cafe of 1995

The cyber-struggle was real. Here's what it felt like, told by a founder.

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Yes, race walking is an Olympic sport. Here’s how it works.

21 snacks that explain our delicious world

A Renaissance painting reveals how breeding changed watermelons

A brief history of the great American coloring book

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Ancient Romans had yummy condiments. Here’s a recipe.

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This plane could cross the Atlantic in 3.5 hours. Why did it fail?

The supersonic Concorde was a breakthrough — so what went wrong?

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Proxemics: the study of personal space

How the necktie industry saved Father's Day

The surprising history of the "song of the summer"

For Flag Day, watch how much the American flag has changed

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The big fight over Coexist

The Coexist logo is about getting along — but it started a legal war.

The horse had a tough fight
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When carmakers taunted horses

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Running was for weirdos. Here's how it became normal.

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The world's greatest internet troll explains his craft

Viking horns = lies.
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Vikings never wore horned helmets. Here's why people thought they did.

Foraging. It's here, and it's Swedish.
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We called random Swedes. They told us about … foraging?

A pneumatic tube in use.
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The pneumatic tube's strange 150-year journey

5 April Fools' Day pranks that backfired disastrously

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When the BBC won April Fools' Day in 1957

Serendipity, robot, and more common words invented by writers

Lens flare in Super 8.
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We’ve hit peak lens flare. Here’s how it started.

The Jackson 5
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How "the robot" became the greatest novelty dance of all time

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The kiss cam, behind the scenes

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Why the Wingdings font exists

The R-rated Oregon Trail awaits.
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The bloody, sexy, drunken Oregon Trail

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

Theodore Roosevelt and one of the elephants he killed
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All 512 animals Teddy Roosevelt and his son killed on safari

Yankee Doodle, the mystery and the truth.
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Why Yankee Doodle called it "macaroni"

The mechanical television debuted 90 years ago. Its inventor was nuts.

New York's 1888 blizzard had smallpox, bonfires, and rubber boot shortages

rihanna illuminati gif
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9 questions about the Illuminati you were too afraid to ask

50 years of David Bowie's hair and makeup, in one mesmerizing GIF

The Poison Squad, ready to work.
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The poison-eating heroes who helped make food safe