The First Brand Manager Was a 1st Century Roman Glassblower

Ennion made me. Those were the words molded on glass vases and jars that survived centuries of dust, change, and trauma all over the classical world. But who was Ennion? And how, in the early years of the world, did his glassware become so famous? » 3/25/15 3:30pm 3/25/15 3:30pm

Video: Inside the kitchen of the best pizza place in Rome

Lucky Peach shows us a behind the counter look at what is probably the best pizza place in Rome (and maybe Italy? the world?): Pizzarium. Consistently placed on top ten lists, it's famous for its pizza al taglio, which is pizza by the slice. Chef Gabriele Bonci gives us a rundown on how he makes pizza and it's pretty… » 3/19/15 10:53pm 3/19/15 10:53pm

Flooding, Anti-Vaxxers, Museums: What's Ruining Our Cities This Week

Flooding in Pakistan has stranded hundreds of thousands of people, an anti-vaccination movement trending in L.A.'s most affluent neighborhoods is causing a whooping cough epidemic, and one broken air conditioner could destroy Rome's most priceless art. Hope you're comfortable, this week's What's Ruining Our Cities is… » 9/14/14 3:00pm 9/14/14 3:00pm

No, Rome's Collapse Wasn't Caused By Lead Poisoning

Rome was the first city on the planet to have an extensive and efficient municipal water system, thanks to the empire's ambitious aqueduct system that's still found throughout Europe. But that infrastructure was also pumping ancient Romans with lead—up to 100 times the amount of lead found in local spring water. » 4/24/14 3:20pm 4/24/14 3:20pm

Archaeologists May Have Uncovered the Oldest Roman Temple Ever Found

Archaeologists from the University of Michigan believe they have found what is perhaps the oldest Roman temple still in existence. Built around the 7th century BC—probably for the goddess Fortuna—the temple tells us a lot about how the Romans built their city, thousands of years ago. » 1/29/14 4:20pm 1/29/14 4:20pm

Scraping Decades of Grime, Car Exhaust, and Mold Off Rome's Colosseum

The Colosseum in Rome is being cleansed of car exhaust that has built up over decades, ever since Mussolini's ill-advised decision to build a major road nearby. » 12/28/13 12:00pm 12/28/13 12:00pm

Archaeologist Uses 2,000-Year-Old Sky to Study Roman Ruins

If archaeology was once about digging through dirt, it is increasingly—like almost every other profession—about programming computers. Bernie Frischer, an Indiana University "archaeo-informaticist," has came up with a new theory about two Roman monuments. His finding are based on 3D reconstructions of the monuments… » 12/19/13 6:20pm 12/19/13 6:20pm

Bird Shit, Hipsters, and Driving: What's Ruining Our Cities This Week

Pooping birds, overflowing trash cans, radioactive poisoning, too much driving, and those goddamn hipsters again. Welcome to another edition of What's Ruining Our Cities. » 11/15/13 12:40pm 11/15/13 12:40pm

Ancient Romans Built Monuments Centuries Before Archaeologists Believed

We already knew Rome wasn't built in a day. But it turns out it took a lot longer to build than anyone imagined. According to The New York Times, last summer an archeological dig about 11 miles from central Rome revealed that the Romans were erecting monuments far earlier than we previously thought. » 8/21/13 11:00am 8/21/13 11:00am

A Century-Old Roman Palazzo Grows a Faceted Glass-and-Steel Parasite

We’ve talked about top-down demolition—where building are deconstructed one floor at a time, ending at the ground—before. But a newly-completed building in Rome, by Italian studio Fuksas, puts a twist on the concept: The old building’s facade was perfectly preserved. » 7/26/13 9:50am 7/26/13 9:50am

Why Facebook Will Fall Like the Roman Empire

John Naughton at the Guardian has a perfect—albeit obvious—observation: Despite their overwhelming dominance, Facebook and Apple will eventually fall. "History should teach us that for today's technology industry titans, the only way is down." That goes for Google, too. And Amazon. It's inevitable. » 1/28/13 1:20pm 1/28/13 1:20pm

Mark Zuckerberg Staring at The Vatican with His Wife

The Summer of Zuck is upon us. Here's Mark "Secret Wedding" Zuckerberg with his new bride, Priscilla Chan. Their honeymoon was great! They ate McDonalds, failed to use an ATM, and took pictures of... something. » 6/08/12 11:05am 6/08/12 11:05am

Scientists Use Radar to Unearth Incredible Roman Gladiator School

Forty miles outside out Vienna, a crack team of European scientists have managed to discover the ruins of a Roman gladiator school using only radar. It is one of most well-preserved finds of its kind, and it even rivals the Colosseum in scale. » 9/06/11 6:20pm 9/06/11 6:20pm

Italian Driver Busted for Steering Bus While Using Two Phones at Once

Okay, so American buses might gruesomely crash, ripping passengers apart, or be driven by drunkards, but at least our drivers use both hands! As opposed to no hands, as seen here in Italy. Dude just needed his email set up! » 5/13/11 11:21am 5/13/11 11:21am

Overwhelming Proof That The Romans Were Addicted To Facebook

While strolling through the Getty Villa in Malibu—a museum dedicated to the study the cultures of ancient Greece, Rome and EtruriaAdam Pash discovered something curious: Evidence that even the Romans couldn't resist Facebook. » 8/30/10 9:20pm 8/30/10 9:20pm

The Long, Unglamorous History of the Toilet

Nobody is entirely sure who first had the privilege of sitting on a toilet. Evidence of advanced plumbing systems in the ancient world abounds, but it's a strange, meandering path from antiquity to checking your inbox on the can. » 8/27/10 4:00pm 8/27/10 4:00pm

Guy With Metal Detector Finds $1 Million in Roman Coins

Considering how thrilled I was just to find this story, I can only imagine the delirious, all-consuming excitement felt by Dave Crisp, a British hospital chef, when his metal detector uncovered this pot of 52,000 Roman coins. » 7/10/10 8:00pm 7/10/10 8:00pm

The World's Oldest Swiss Army Knife

This could very well be the world's first Swiss Army Knife. Bearing a striking resemblance to modern multi-tools, it has at least six distinct functions and originates from the Roman Empire circa 200 A.D. » 1/30/10 9:00pm 1/30/10 9:00pm

HTC Touch.B Surfaces, Dismisses Rome Codename

Moonlighting under the Touch.B name, more details on HTC's Rome handset have been unearthed in France, including some dishy photos which show the two-tone phone properly for the first time. My, the family resemblance is strong. UPDATE » 12/02/09 6:31am 12/02/09 6:31am

Burning Cities Firescreens Make Horrible Tragedies Downright Cozy

It's been a long time since fire ravaged London and Rome in 1666 and 64 AD respectively—which must be why we can feel okay about making cool firescreens based on these tragic incidents today. » 10/16/09 5:00pm 10/16/09 5:00pm