with the benefit of hindsight

The future

pesky time travellers

From Ananova
Archeologists in China are baffled after finding a tiny Swiss watch in a 400-year-old tomb.

The watch ring was discovered as archeologists were making a documentary with two journalists from Shangsi town.
“When we tried to remove the soil wrapped around the coffin, a piece of rock suddenly dropped off and hit the ground with a [...]

I feel like dancing…

From Discovery magazine
“Aug. 1, 2008 — In July of 1518, a woman referred to as Frau Troffea stepped into a narrow street in Strasbourg, France and began a fervent dancing vigil that lasted between four and six days. By the end of the week, 34 others had joined her and, within a month, the crowd [...]


This is a collection of graffiti from Pompeii.  It’s quite illuminating.  Here’s a few choice quotes and then a link to the rest
I.2.20 (Bar/Brothel of Innulus and Papilio); 3932: Weep, you girls.  My penis has given you up.  Now it penetrates men’s behinds.  Goodbye, wondrous femininity!
I.2.23 (peristyle of the Tavern of [...]

Romulus lives

Relive the  glories of ancient Rome on google earth just as it looked at midday on April 1 AD320! How good is that? No need to go outside anymore…

there is no such thing as history

A story from the Daily Mail about three women, completely devoted to recreating the past
Joanne Massey, 35, lives in a recreation of a 1950s home in Stafford with her husband Kevin, 42, who works as a graphics application designer. Joanne is a housewife. She says:
I love nothing better than fastening my pinny round my waist [...]

modern life

from encyclopediadramatica.com

running on empty

Truly, the fight from hell…

from wikipedia
“On 22 July 1983, the day before the incident flight, Air Canada’s Boeing 767  flew from Toronto to Edmonton where it underwent routine checks. The next day it was flown to Montreal. Following a crew change, it departed Montreal as Flight 143 for the return trip to Edmonton [...]

amazing voyage

School seems to have become a much easier proposition than it was back in “my day”. Apart from the fact that you no longer have to know anything anymore, because the internet knows all, when you do need a particular piece of information, its so incredibly easy to find and comes with videos, interactive games [...]