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The massacre of Tulsa’s “Black Wall Street”

The massacre of Tulsa’s “Black Wall Street”

Something terrible happened here. And for decades, people didn’t talk about it. “I was an adult before I ever heard about it. It was something that was hidden.” “This entire historic community was obliterated.” “Bodies dumped in rivers bodies dumped in mass graves. It was an absolute massacre.” This story isn’t one you’ll find in …

The right way to play Monopoly

The right way to play Monopoly

OK, so when do you play Monopoly? I have not played Monopoly since I was, like, ten. So… Now I play it when I’m at my parents’ house, if there’s a big family gathering. I don’t ever play Monopoly. Basically, you played Monopoly when you were a kid or when you were stuck inside. So, …

The 8-bit arcade font, deconstructed

These are some of the world’s most iconic typefaces. You’ve probably seen them on classic ads, newspapers, posters, even memes. These typefaces were carefully crafted. Every curve considered. The legibility of their design paramount. Oh, wait, I forgot one. It’s a little different than the others. This one was likely designed on graph paper, converted …

Why NASA quarantined the Apollo 11 astronauts

Why NASA quarantined the Apollo 11 astronauts

“Zero, all engines running. We have a liftoff. One small step for man…” Alright, I guess we should just say what’s going on. We thought it’d be a good time to talk about a part of the Apollo 11 mission that often gets overlooked, which was the quarantine: including time in a refitted Airstream trailer …

Why fighting the coronavirus depends on you

Why fighting the coronavirus depends on you

On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization made an announcement. “In the past two weeks, the number of cases of COVID-19 outside China has increased 13-fold. COVID-19 can be characterized as a pandemic.” The coronavirus, or COVID-19, disease had already overwhelmed China, South Korea, Iran, and Italy. And this was a warning to other …

How wildlife trade is linked to coronavirus

How wildlife trade is linked to coronavirus

It was New Years Eve, 2019 when health officials in China admitted they had a problem. Health authorities have activated their most serious response level. After an outbreak of a new type of viral pneumonia in central China. A rapidly growing number of people were developing a dry cough and fever, before getting pneumonia. And …

Why new diseases keep appearing in China

Why new diseases keep appearing in China

It was New Years Eve, 2019 when health officials in China admitted they had a problem. Health authorities have activated their most serious response level. After an outbreak of a new type of viral pneumonia in central China. A rapidly growing number of people were developing a dry cough and fever, before getting pneumonia. And …

The violent eviction that transformed San Francisco

The violent eviction that transformed San Francisco

It was the night of August 4th, 1977. “We won’t move. We won’t move.” Thousands of protesters gathered in San Francisco. And formed a human barricade around this building to protect its residents. “The police are on their way now. The police are on their way.” It was about 11:00 o’clock. And some inside person …

The conspiracy behind this famous statue

The conspiracy behind this famous statue

These are all the same woman. Which one do you recognize? Why? How did the Venus de Milo, an armless ancient statue, go from being lost on a tiny Greek island to an international icon? It’s part of a story that spans centuries – and a possible cover-up that starts with a missing piece right …