The Future from the Past

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Surprising Predictions from Past Decades Our roving reporter Ryan Rocifero has been roving again, this time in a sort of time-travel exercise. He has spent nearly a fortnight scouring newspaper columns from the beginning of several decades in the first half of the 20th Century, looking for predictions of “what may come in future decades” […]

New World Record: Most Simultaneous Nose Pickers

The Italian City of Reggio Calabria, largest city in the region of Italy known as Calabria, now holds the world record for most simultaneous nose pickers. The entire population of the city, 180,897, along with 392,843 tourists who came to participate in the historic event, spent five minutes on October 19th picking their noses. In […]

Susanna Shakespeare’s Diary a Hoax

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In 2006, Michael J. Ortiz published Swan Town: The Secret Journal of Susanna Shakespeare, which supposedly was found within the walls of a house in Stratford, England. Like many good works of art, Swan Town, purported to be a 16th-century diary of Shakespeare’s eldest daughter, has since been exposed as a sham, an entirely fictitious […]

History of The Audio Book

The Definitive History of The Audio Book1 The earliest known ancestor of the contemporary Audio Book was the Phonographic Book,2 invented by Julius Caesar in c. 54 BC. It employed a clay cylinder covered with wax. While wildly popular with the Roman public, sound quality tended to degrade as the wax softened in the summer […]

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