In the 1920s, Russian biologist Ilya Ivanovich Ivanov perfected artificial insemination and its practical application as a way to successfully breed horses. This was a fantastic feat at the time, and Ivanov soon focused his efforts on cross-breeding humans and apes via artificial insemination, with the goal of creating a humanzee.Read More
In the Days of Yore (a blog)
Learning from the past can be laughable. CockBloq's blog, In the Days of Yore, takes a snarky, modern look at stories from the past, highlighting what we've learned—or haven't.
Yolanda Baker, the disco ball maker, led a team of women who built the balls that dazzled disco nights (1970s)
During disco’s heyday, Yolanda Baker led a team of nearly 30 women, each of whom produced about 25 mirrored balls daily. Her team provided disco balls for the legendary Studio 54, and the iconic disco film, Saturday Night Fever.Read More
1930s-era fashion predictions for the year 2000 include headlamps for “finding an honest man,” skirts disappearing entirely and being replaced by pants, telephones strapped to chests, and radio antennas on heads.Read More
When the 1883 tariff law went into effect, a New York Port collector's decision to tax a load of imported tomatoes as vegetables made it all the way to the Supreme Court.Read More
In the late 19th and early 20th century, the popularity of billiards soared, and the most desired billiard balls were made of ivory, cut from the tusks of Asian elephants. The demand proved nearly dismal for the elephant population, and a suitable substitute for elephant ivory was sought.Read More