Preston McAfee, now Microsoft's chief economist, once wrote a paper pondering what if Columbus had sailed off the edge of the world? How would that have affected U.S. history and economic growth? His goal was to ridicule economists who sought precise statistical answers to impossible questions. Read more about it here.
Controversial historian Gavin Menzies is claiming that this map from 1418 proves that the New World was discovered by China's Admiral Zheng He some 70 years before Columbus. But that's not the half of it.
In his "Alternate Histories" series of prints, Matthew Bucholz takes the bygone years of American history and peppers them with marauding kaiju, alien conquerors, and frontier dinosaurs. Here are some of his more amusingly rejiggered ephemera, and you can see more examples over at his Etsy page.
The Coen Brothers, director/producers of the superlative No Country for Old Men and Fargo (along with many others), have just announced that they'll be making the movie version of Michael Chabon's alternative history novel The Yiddish Policemen's Union. The book is set in an alternative U.S. where displaced Jews were…