5 Important Artifacts That Were Lost—And Found—In Museum Storage

"It belongs in a museum!" It's a common refrain among archaeologists who are passionate about preserving artifacts for future generations. But anyone who's seen the end of the 1981 documentary Raiders of the Lost Ark knows that precious relics can be easily forgotten once they make it into storage. » 8/13/14 9:00am 8/13/14 9:00am

Yep, Harvard Really Does Have a Book Bound in Human Skin

This past April brought disappointing (but relieving?) news that a book long suspected to be bound in human skin in Harvard's library was, in fact, bound in sheepskin. Nothing here, move along, right? But no! Now Harvard has confirmed, for the first time ever, one of its other books is indeed sheathed in human skin. » 6/04/14 7:20pm 6/04/14 7:20pm

These Modular Cabinets Are the Coolest Way To Display Precious Things

There's a case to be made—recently by designer Martino Gamper (and me)—that shelving is the most personal piece of furniture you own; a functional place to store your stuff that also puts it on display, like you're curating own little curio exhibition. The Room collection, by Kyuhyung Cho and Erik Olovsson, might be… » 4/14/14 5:42pm 4/14/14 5:42pm

The World's Largest Toy Car Collection Has Over 30,000 Tiny Vehicles

The fact that Hot Wheels and Matchbox toys are so cheap means that countless kids have giant collections of tiny cars. But the world's largest? With over 30,000 scale vehicles in his collection, Beirut's Billy Karam has a legitimate claim to that title, and Cool Hunting had a chance to tour his showroom. » 1/29/14 3:51pm 1/29/14 3:51pm

13 of the World's Oldest (and Most Beautiful) Typewriters

Some people collect baseball cards and others collect coins. Martin Howard, however, collects century-old typewriters. And boy is he good at it. The Toronto-based enthusiast has typewriters that looks like navigation instruments and typewriters that look like scales. But they all have one thing in common: They're… » 9/23/13 9:00am 9/23/13 9:00am

A Brief Tour of Canon's Massive Showroom of Wonders

Canon USA's brand-new Long Island headquarters doesn't just house boardrooms, cubicles, and water coolers. It's also where the venerable camera company maintains its giant showroom, in which every current Canon product—plus a plethora of other imaging technology tidbits—is on prominent display. We took a trip out… » 8/26/13 3:01pm 8/26/13 3:01pm

9 Unexpectedly Cool Leap Motion Apps Show Natural Interfaces in Action

It's been two weeks since Leap Motion appeared in the wild, and while it's far from being a perfect piece of hardware, the possibilities are pretty damn interesting. So far, most of the attention-getting apps have dealt with music. But there are plenty of other cool developments happening with the device, too. » 8/05/13 9:03am 8/05/13 9:03am

7 Clever GIFs That Could Make New York Slightly More Bearable

Like so many of us, Nathan W. Pyle is relatively new to New York. And like so many of us, he has a few ideas about how to make New York a little more bearable. What sets Pyle apart? His ideas are clever enough to warrant a book deal, while the rest of us are left to mutter passive aggressive comments under our breaths. » 7/24/13 10:00am 7/24/13 10:00am