Categories
Geography History

Death from Below

What killed 1,746 people at a Cameroonian lake in 1986?

Categories
Geography History Language

Ye Olde Thorn

How one forgotten letter (barely) changed the English language forever.

Categories
Geography

China’s Counterfeit Cities

China has a reputation for producing counterfeit technology, fashion, and Starbucks. Then there’s fake Paris.

Categories
Geography History

844,000 Feet Under the Sea

A brief history of the Dutch pastime of telling the ocean to fuck off.

Categories
Christmas Culture Geography

Catalonia’s Coprophilic Christmas

Every Christmas, Catalonia prides itself on being fun, festive, and full of shit.

Categories
Geography History

Minnesota’s Flag is Bad. Let’s Change it.

Minnesota’s state flag is bad. It’s simultaneously unremarkable and cluttered, ridiculously complex and altogether unrecognizable. Can we get rid of it?

Categories
Geography Politics

A Tale of Two States

On November 2nd, 1889, Benjamin Harrison, ranked #30 in C-SPAN’s ranking of US Presidents, probably sneered as he drove a knife into the heart of Dakota Territory, dividing it forever along an East-West meridian. Look how they massacred my boy.