When it comes to Christopher Pyne, lawyer, republican and politician, a couple of things. First, as a lawyer, it is always important to read documents carefully, writes Tony Taylor co-editor of the upcoming History Wars and the Classroom: Global Perspectives.
A group of researchers analysed 300 million events from the last century, compared the dates of each of them and came up with the least exciting day of all in the twentieth century: Sunday, April 11, 1954.
Classic video game Pac-Man is celebrating 30 years of being chased by ghosts, eating dots and finding Ms Pac-Man inappropriately hot. Wired has a great interview with its creator Toru Iwatani about how the game came to life.
Electric cars may be all the hype now, but they’ve actually been around since the 1890s. And although today’s models look a bit schmicker, they’ll still only drive you about as far as they did over a century ago.
The game itself may be often long, tedious and uneventful, but the sport of cricket has a colourful and controversial history. From the multi-million dollar fraud that was the Caribbean league to last year’s Pakistani shootings, a look at the game’s dark side.
Veteran journo Alex Beam reminisces on cutting his news industry chops at Newsweek in the 1970s: it was “like an upside-down journalism school” where he learned lots of bad habits — like poaching content from TIME.
To suck or not to suck: that is the question every parent agonises over for their slobbery, screaming little bundle of joy. So are dummies good or bad for babies? No one actually agrees, but “experts” have been squabbling about it for over 100 years.
Greece, sup-prime mortgages and Zimbabwe’s hyperinflation — the world’s latest spate of financial crisis are nothing new, write Robin Wells and Paul Krugman: they follow a well-worn script that countries have been re-enacting for centuries.
Every inane thought ever tweeted is shortly to be kept forever by the US Library of Congress. This takes digital archiving to a whole new level, but is it actually making it harder for future historians?
Barack Obama is well known as a “reader” — but he’s hardly the first US President to bury his nose in a book: Nixon loved Tolstoy, Reagen studied the ideas of Milton Friedman, and Clinton liked the “cheap thrill” of a mystery novel.
The British election is looming, but both parties are struggling to create a catchy catchphrase. Ben Macintyre looks at some of history’s best political slogans, and what made them stick in voters’ minds.