A dusty book on a French family’s shelf turns into one of history’s biggest discoveries.
In 1998, a moldy and timeworn prayer book with strange, vertical lines of faded text was brought to Christie’s Auction House in London. The book had been passed down for generations, collecting dust on bookshelves, behind closet doors, and in basements. And, for generations, nobody in the French family to whom it belonged thought twice about it.
It was simply an old book—one that turned out to be worth about $2 million to an undisclosed private buyer, and priceless to historians. Under a layer of text (that, itself was 700 years old), the book was found to hold undiscovered writings of Archimedes and Hyperides, Ancient Greeks who lived more than two thousand years ago.
You and your best friends drive across America: Which ride do you choose?
Little over a week ago, we posed the question: You and your two best friends decide to take a road trip and drive across America. You have every vehicle at your disposal. What car/truck/wagon do you take?
Your responses, all deeply enjoyed, ranged in size, speed, and overall utility. From a classic: 1959 International Harvester Bread Truck, to the extreme: Mercedes Zetros. No ride was ignored, because the way we look at it, if its got wheels and it runs—it works for us.
The shoulder season specials that take your further for less. Camel races come standard.
Somewhere near to the top of your bucket list for the year, we’re assuming you’ve scribbled down plans to travel. To where? It’s undecided. For how much? It all depends. But while impromptu trips hold that edgy appeal, the well planned get away always takes you further for less.
And so we've assembled a guide to travel's “shoulder season”—the time to go to places you want to see, without paying the high costs of peak season or suffering the drab weather of off-season.
Our guide to this year’s mark-your-calendar and book-your-tickets music festivals.
The hallowed lands of Bethel Woods incited a bunch of hippies to do something we find very natural: to celebrate music, people, and art with whatever revelries you enjoy. And, while this year a new festival (Mysteryland) revisits the orignal site of Woodstock, there's also an abundance of quality festivals going on across the country. We picked six essentials.
Sure, SXSW is bigger and longer and more movie-filled than Austin City Limits, but who has the time? And granted, Bumbershoot's in downtown Seattle, but we prefer the views at Sasquatch (and the warmer weather). Of course, Treasure Island gets the bands, but damn it, it's not until the fall (so far away!). So, we've narrowed down to the must sees. The cannot miss. The if-you-have-not-yet-been-there-and-done-that, then this is the year. Mark your calendars, and buy your tickets. Here's our guide to the most necessary American music festivals of 2014.
If you thought 2013 was good, wait till you get a glimpse of what’s to come.
This fall we brought you a curated list of must see end of the year films. Now that we have turned the corner on a new year, we felt it was time to provide you with a glimpse of what 2014 has in store.
From Wes Anderson to Johnny Depp, Godzilla to Jennifer Lawrence, this year’s releases are over-flowing with fast paced, heart pounding, action filled flicks that will have you crammed at the couch and rubbing elbows at the theater. So take a minute (or ten) and soak in the glory of all these trailers.
Our criteria? The most talked about books that we will actually sit down and read.
The time is here: that stack of books next to your bed needs to be built (or nicely shelved). We've assembled our picks for the most anticipated titles of 2014, and while we know, sure, your tastes may not be our tastes, we've put together a list of books that are making waves—creating literary currents for the new year.
There are big hitters (Lorrie Moore, arguably America's best living short story writer), and gallant comebacks (Rivka Galchen's return after a 6-year book hiatus); there is humor (Shteyngart) and tragedy (Beah) and loads of human emotion in between (Ferris). These are all books that will be talked about, but, more than that, they're books we hope to enjoy.
An Adventure Finalist’s five journeys across (and across again) the expanse of America.
Sitting in the Kanab, Utah Bureau of Land Management office is a lot like sitting in a bingo hall. You anxiously watch a tumbler filled with plastic balls spin, hoping your winning number gets pulled.
I sat in that office with a German traveler, Anna whom I had met four days earlier in Flagstaff, AZ. We were joined by a man from Japan, a family from Germany, and people from all over the States, all hoping to win one of the ten lottery spots to visit The Wave the next day.
Meet the Naust paa Aure—a boathouse fit for the Norse gods (built with a modern touch).
In Norway, a boathouse isn't just something that the richest dude on the block has for vacations: it's a way of life. A throwback to the country's Viking past, a boathouse is an ingrained part of the culture in Norge, a place where a man can get a stable home and the best of the sea, all in one.
Boathouses aren't just for prepping a raid of the Norman coast, however: they're directly tied to the fishing culture of Norway. In addition to storing boats, they have also been used to house fishing gear. And increasingly, boathouses are a place for the people of coastal Norway to congregate socially.
Hand drawn maps by men who go where no man has gone before.
There are a series of hand drawn topographical maps of first ascents published on the American Alpine Journal's site. The maps reveal relevant information, like pitch lengths, gear sizes, and route conditions. On close read, though, they also reveal something much less technical, and more universally human.
Topo maps are designed to help climbers “read the rock.” For first ascents, they’re the guide that establishes the foundation of data available for future climbers. And yet, in the scribbles, sketches and notes, a small touch of personality shows through—an effort beyond transcribing data; a look at the heart of the climber.
In the dustbin of history lies a collection of strange and amazing transportation devices.
Buried way back in the closet of maybe, in the old trunk of ideas explored and deemed "maybe not," there lives a curious heap of long forgotten, discarded automobiles, if you can call them automobiles, and their existence proves that human beings have more time on their hands then anyone ever imagined.
So behold, the world's creativity unleashed in the golden age of automobiles.
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