Welcome to this week’s Reading List, Gizmodo’s weekly roundup of great tech stories from around the Internet. In this week’s edition, we explore the ethics and science of displaying tattoos after their wearers are dead, join a bloody Renaissance sport on the streets of Florence, and relax with architecture-inspired puzzles.
- A handful of museums around the world maintain collections of preserved, tattooed human skin, but most aren’t open to the public, and some aren’t sure exactly where the skins in their older collections came from. Today, however, some willing donors are signing up to save their body art — and the skin it’s inked on — for posterity. [Vice]
- The brutal sport of calcio storico has thrilled crowds in Florence since the Renaissance. The game has few rules, and “hurt rival players so badly that they must leave the field” is considered a valid strategy. Oh, and it’s played in period costume, by unpaid volunteers. [New York Times]
- The first test patterns for color TV were real, live models, who helped calibrate - and promote - the earliest color television technology during the 1940s and 1950s. Their careers ended in obscurity, but their work contributed to decades of camera technologies with racial bias built in. [The Atlantic]
- With virtual friendships and gifts of books and chocolate, ISIS recruiters converted a lonely young Sunday school teacher to radical Islam. She was on the brink of travelling to Turkey — with her 11-year-old brother in tow — to marry a man twice her age when her grandparents intervened. [New York Times]
- Monument Valley is a puzzle-solving app in which players navigate strange floating structures, but its simple gameplay and clean look draw inspiration from real-world architecture. [Curbed]
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