Elias Poland Drew Everything He Bought for a Year

Elias Poland spent his 22nd year recording life in a journal, but unlike most people, he didn’t stick to written accounts of the day, love interests or introspection on the meaning of life (although there’s some of that). Feeling he hadn’t been drawing enough, Elias hit on an idea that would encourage creative output: he’d draw a picture of everything he bought for the whole year.

“From coffee to scabies medication, I drew everything.”

Home in on 4 Centuries of American House Architecture

America has had a long and storied history when it comes to where we call “home”. From the European inspired architecture of the 17th century, to 19th century Craftsman homes, or the “McMansions” of the ‘90s the continual evolution of American house design speaks to our roots and our vision for the future. Pop Chart Lab recently released a print on this theme, The Architecture of American Houses, which sorts over 4 centuries of architecture into 7 major categories (from Colonial to Neo-Eclectic), and 40 subdivisions. It’s fantastically rich on details.

Watch: How the 5 Major Religions Spread Across the World

The 5 largest religions today are Hinduism, Judaism, Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam–but it wasn’t always that way. In this video, Alex Kuzoian at Business Insider walks us through 5000 years of history, showing how the world’s religions initially took root in small geographic areas in southern Asia and the Middle East. They didn’t remain localized for long.

Check Out This Hellish New Airline Seating Layout

Flying economy can be miserable. Luggage searches, bad food, the odd crying baby and absolutely no leg or shoulder room. Now Wired just found that a French company has patented a seating configuration which promises to make it even worse. Their concept places the middle passenger–already the worst seat–facing backwards. Their “Economy Class Cabin Hexagon” would pack in more neighbors than ever before, and put them right in our face too.

Workers Find School Chalkboard Drawings, Hidden for 100 Years

When contractors removed old chalkboards at Emerson High School in Oklahoma City earlier this week, they had a surprise waiting for them: behind those chalkboards was another set which hadn’t been touched since 1917.

Like a time-capsule, the old boards reveal a slice of history from nearly 100 years ago, including artwork for Thanksgiving and history on the Pilgrims, an unusual circular multiplication table, a calendar, and a list titled “My Rules to Keep Clean”. The reason we share this story here: just look at that handwriting.

If Famous Directors Designed Houses, Would They Look Like This?

Italian architect and illustrator Federico Babina has an obsession with imagining new buildings designed around unusual constraints. He’s dreamed up houses based on artists, movie sets, and the names of architects. Now he’s turned his design skills to dreaming up buildings as if they were designed by famous directors. His series, “Archidirector” features 27 directors – famous and obscure – each with a unique structure modeled after their signature aesthetic and personality.

Time Traveling with the Ad-Man’s Desk Book

“Direct mail advertising is an increasingly popular form of publicity.” Quotes like this are what make history so awesome. Today, direct mail is a decreasingly popular form of publicity. While still in wide use, any forward thinker in advertising is likely not upping the amount of direct mail they produce. It is truly inefficient and expensive in the 21st century, but Jack Watson’s grandfather would have argued differently in the late 1940s.

GeaCron: An Explorable Atlas of the World’s Past (Starting in 3000BC)

With the centennial of World War 1 upon us, it’s fascinating to look back at how different Europe was just 100 years ago. Then again, it was a lot different just 30 years ago too. GeoCron’s World History Atlas is an fascinating tool for peering back into the past and getting perspective on how different the world has been, even if the year you’re curious about is 2950BC. Although quite dated, the site makes it easy to travel anywhere from 3000BC up to the present day, watching the changes in civilizations as they rise and fall.

A Timeline of Underground Queer Cinema

The history of cinema is filled with life stories, but few that depict the LGBT community. In its century long existence, main stream cinema has typically shied away from the subject, deeming it too controversial or unpopular – but there were films being made. Fandor pulled together 50 films, both underground and mainstream, which paved the way for greater expression in queer cinema.

Hollywood Street Characters Captured At Home

Just take a walk down Hollywood Boulevard and you’ll quickly figure out why the area is often dubbed ‘Hollyweird’. Part of what makes the place so strange and special are the many colorful street performers that dot the street. Some lookalikes impersonate famous movie stars, others don masks and become iconic cartoon characters, but what fascinated photographer Ken Hermann was their private, personal lives. Who were these people at home?