Proof of things you already suspected: Human society is not more violent today than in the past. Quite the opposite, in fact. (At least, as measured by statistics based on Western European historical records.) Vaughn Bell of MindHacks turned up this fascinating story from 2003, in which sociologists and historians debate what, exactly, caused the precipitous drop off in the European murder rate that happened over the course of the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries. Theories include "The Rise of Courtly Manners" and "The Establishment of the Modern State".
The Roaring 20s [Twitter, also Substack] summarizes 1920s financial news from the Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times day by day. It's a fascinating insight into the ups and downs of another era—one that ours is often held to echo with—and I won't spoil how interesting it'll get if the author keeps it up… READ THE REST
Mexico City recently removed a statue of Christopher Columbus, a European explorer whose treatment of natives and other colonists was so brutal it resulted in condemnation and disgrace in his own lifetime. The city has decided to replace it with a replica of a pre-Columbian statue known as the Young Woman of Amajac. The original… READ THE REST
John Dee was a 16th-century astrologer and science advisor to Queen Elizabeth I, but as he got older he became increasingly obsessed with magic. He frequently claimed to contact otherwordly spirits using this black obsidian scrying mirror, currently held by the British Museum. Circular obsidian mirrors were well-known in Aztec culture and engineering, were used… READ THE REST
Look, you've sipped on many a glass of wine over the years. You may not be a sommelier, but you definitely are the master of your own palette. Whether you're into big, fruity reds or would kill for a glass of cold, buttery chardonnay, nobody has a better taste in wine than you — according… READ THE REST
Anyone who travels knows that multipurpose products are the way to go when you're trying to pack light. Who has room for tech, storage containers, and all their little knickknacks in one overnight bag? Something usually has to be left at home. But not with the Battpak Power Bank & Travel Safe, a backup battery with… READ THE REST
There's nothing quite like the feeling of lighting your favorite candle and having the scent instantly uplift your mood. However, a broken lighter can be the ultimate mood killer. Instead of replacing gas lighters or resorting to complex lighter fluid hacks containing harmful substances, you can switch to a reusable and eco-friendly alternative. After all,… READ THE REST