Digging Through the Archives of Scarfolk, the Internet’s Creepiest Fake Town

Haunted TV shows, surveillance owls, liver-based children's toys—nothing is too weird for Scarfolk. by Cara Giaimo October 17, 2016 Let's take a moment to explain the picture above. In 1978, the town of Scarfolk, in northwest England, cut its police budget in half. This drastic measure was followed by a wave of violent crime. To deal…Read more Digging Through the Archives of Scarfolk, the Internet’s Creepiest Fake Town

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One of the Earliest Science Fiction Books Was Written in the 1600s by a Duchess

Meet Lady Margaret Cavendish. by Natalie Zarrelli Margaret Cavendish, the Duchess of Newcastle. (Photo: Public Domain) No one could get into philosophical argument with Lady Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, and walk away unchanged. Born in 1623, Cavendish was an outspoken aristocrat who traveled in circles of scientific thinkers, and broke ground on proto-feminism, natural…Read more One of the Earliest Science Fiction Books Was Written in the 1600s by a Duchess

The Man who tried to drain the Med

Herman Sörgel, in 1928, who conceived of Atlantropa. (Photo: Public Domain) It's not just the plot of a Philip K. Dick book—a man spent his life trying to make Atlantropa happen. by Toon Lambrechts September 13, 2016 853 An artist's rendering of what Atlantropa—a plan to partially drain the Mediterranean—might have looked like. (Photo: lttiz/CC BY 3.0) Later…Read more The Man who tried to drain the Med