A Brief History of Tomi Lahren’s Ongoing Faceplant with Hip-Hop
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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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
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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.
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.
May We Never Forget the First Jet Airliner, The De Havilland Comet
In 1949, the world became a much smaller place.
The Birth of Modern Chemistry Was the Birth of Barbiturates
From pee to goofballs.
The 1919 Solar Eclipse That Proved Einstein Right
Watching space-time warp from a tiny island off West Africa.