What the Secret Symbols in Victorian Architecture Really Mean

San Francisco's iconic Victorian style homes, such as the Painted Ladies of Full House fame, weren't built merely as protection against the elements. Like 19th century Klout Scores, these houses were just as much status symbols as they were domiciles. But what do their ornate facades actually mean? 7x7's Mary Jo… » 2/26/14 11:00am 2/26/14 11:00am

A NSFW Victorian Pop-Up Sex Book... in GIF Form!

If you think about it, pop-up and flip books are really early versions of the GIFs we're all so smitten with today: brief, repetitive animations, often of a silly or naughty nature. » 7/12/12 10:40pm 7/12/12 10:40pm

Smoking, Drinking, Gambling, and Long Repetitive Walks: Killing Time on…

There wasn't exactly high-speed Internet and streaming video aboard luxury ocean liners like the Titanic, yet these ships were stocked with amenities to keep passengers occupied during transatlantic voyages that typically lasted about 5-9 days. » 4/14/12 2:00pm 4/14/12 2:00pm

12 Hundred-Year-Old Submarines

Nowadays we tend to think of submarines as sleek, futuristic, and powerful. But back in the Victorian era, it was these steam-powered clunkers that ruled 20,000 leagues under the sea. » 10/01/10 11:00am 10/01/10 11:00am

Toy Modder Puts Eclectic Spin On All Your Favorite Action Heroes

Action figure customizer Sillof has made everything from steampunk versions of Ironman to Star Wars characters circa World War II. We've featured his sets several times on this site, but what we've covered are only bits and pieces of an amazing body of work. The master model maker himself gives us the goods on why,… » 4/19/08 8:30pm 4/19/08 8:30pm