Caterpillar Tracks. The story of how we got modern tanks, tractors, and heavy equipment.
The 100 Greatest Props in Movie History, and the Stories Behind Them. Propmasters, producers, actors, and others tell the tales. (via Metafilter)
The Strange, High-Pressure Work of Presidential Interpreters.
They are expected to not only be highly skilled at languages, but also
intuitive, trustworthy, dedicated, and knowledgeable in other areas.
The Massive Volcano That Scientists Can't Find. There are conflicting clues, so no one knows for sure what happened in 1465.
Food Courts Are Out; Food Halls Are In. Yes, they are different.
11 Monuments to Cats. They all deserve to be remembered.
The Hidden Rules of the Puritan Fashion Police. Any time fashions changed, new laws were put in place to forbid them.
Spike is a stag beetle in Japan who creates artwork. And he has a fan club on the internet.
John Margolies traveled the United States and took pictures of roadside amenities, attractions, and architecture from 1969 to 2008, leaving a singular archive of 20th-century Americana. These include buildings made in the shapes of the things they sold, odd tourist attractions, themed restaurants and hotels, and other oddities offered to travelers. (via Metafilter)