brief histories

brief histories

A Brief History of Tomi Lahren’s Ongoing Faceplant with Hip-Hop

“Ok Tammy.”
Dan Ozzi
brief histories

A Brief History of the Trill in Heavy Metal

The stylistic embellishment, most commonly used in classical music, has found a second life on a variety of heavy metal albums.
Zach Painter
brief histories

A Brief History of Artists Rapping About Poop

A lot of rappers talk about "dropping shit," but not all of them mean it literally. Join us as we analyze the ones who do, from Big Boi to Biggie.
Phillip Mlynar
world cup controversies

How The 2002 World Cup Became The Most Controversial Tournament in Recent Memory

The 2002 World Cup is remembered as the tournament of Ronaldinho, Rivaldo and Ronaldo. However, thanks to referees, the golden goal rule and South Korea, it is also considered one of the most contentious of all time.
Will Magee
the legend of golden balls

How David Beckham Became Football’s First Truly Global Brand

Though many players of the nineties and noughties were at least as iconic as Beckham, and some more talented, ‘Golden Balls’ broke the corporate mould like no other. Here’s how he ceased to be a footballer and became a brand instead.
Will Magee
world cup '98

How Zinedine Zidane’s France Won World Cup ‘98

An iconic tournament for many, France ‘98 saw Les Bleus claim their first-ever World Cup on home turf. Here’s how Zinedine Zidane and his teammates did it, and what victory for the ‘rainbow nation’ meant for France.
Will Magee
brief histories

Ride the Feedback: A Brief History of Guitar Distortion

Or, how one of music's happiest accidents went on to shape countless careers and spawn entire genres, from rock 'n' roll to experimental noise
J. J. Anselmi

Carnegie Mellon's 1986 Self-Driving Van Was Adorable

The NavLab was slow and huge, but it provided data that would help pave the way for the self-driving world of today.
Michael Byrne

The Cloud Is Much, Much Older Than You Think

In 1940, even before proper digital computers had taken shape, mathematicians were offloading calculations to the cloud.
Michael Byrne
brief histories

May We Never Forget the First Jet Airliner, The De Havilland Comet

In 1949, the world became a much smaller place.
Michael Byrne
brief histories

The Birth of Modern Chemistry Was the Birth of Barbiturates

From pee to goofballs.
Michael Byrne
brief histories

The 1919 Solar Eclipse That Proved Einstein Right

Watching space-time warp from a tiny island off West Africa.
Michael Byrne