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The Nantucket Sea-Serpent Hoax (1937)

Tuesday 20 May 2014 at 16:48

Photograohs of the 1937 Nantucket sea-serpent hoax



Monday 19 May 2014 at 20:35

IMAGE: Plate 93 from Ernst Haeckel’s visually dazzling Kunstformen der Nat…


In the Image of God: John Comenius and the First Children’s Picture Book

Wednesday 14 May 2014 at 17:57

In the mid 17th-century John Comenius published what many consider to be the first picture book dedicated to the education of young children, Orbis Sensualium Pictus - or The World of Things Obvious to the Senses drawn in Pictures, as it was rendered in English. Charles McNamara explores how, contrary to Comenius' declarations, the book can be seen to be as much about the invisible world as the visible.


Punishment in the Afterlife: an Eastern Turki Manuscript

Tuesday 13 May 2014 at 18:34

Fragments of a manuscript, written in the Eastern Turki language, depicting the fate of sinners in the afterlife.


Caption Competition #5

Friday 9 May 2014 at 13:54

The inventor of the LOLcat instantly regretted what he had done. AND THE WINNER IS&#…


Monster Soup commonly called Thames Water

Thursday 8 May 2014 at 21:00

DESIGN: A coloured engraving by William Heath from 1828, showing “Monster S…


Living Lights: a Popular Account of Phosphorescent Animals and Vegetables (1887)

Thursday 8 May 2014 at 17:22

A beautifully illustrated book all about creatures endowed with the remarkable ability to produce and emit light: what we now call "bioluminescence".


Life and Death Contrasted (ca.1770)

Wednesday 7 May 2014 at 18:07

A striking image from the British engraver and publisher Valentine Green, illustr…


Cuttings from a Medieval Italian Choirbook

Tuesday 6 May 2014 at 17:12

THE BRITISH LIBRARY - James Freeman explores cuttings from a huge 14th century Italian choirbook and how digital technology is now helping scholars build a picture of the once intact original through virtually reuniting the "diaspora" of fragments.


John L. Sullivan Fights America

Wednesday 30 April 2014 at 18:04

In 1883, the Irish-American heavy-weight boxing champion John L. Sullivan embarked on an unprecedented coast-to-coast tour of the United States offering a prize to any man who could endure four rounds with him in the ring. Christopher Klein tells of this remarkable journey and how the railroads and the rise of the popular press proved instrumental in forging Sullivan into America's first sports superstar.