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Moonlight towers: light pollution in the 1800s - LOW-TECH MAGAZINE

lowtechmagazine.com/2009/01/moonlight-towers-light-pollution-in-the-1800s.html
At the end of the 19th century, many towns and cities were lit up by powerful electrical lamps placed on towers up to 300 feet (90 metres) high. The arc lamp - the first electric light and the predecessor of Edison’s incandescent light bulb - was extremely bright and much more energy efficient than other lighting technologies from those times. The lamps were too strong for indoor use, but they were regarded as the future of municipal lighting. Especially in the United States, many ci...

In 1973, I invented a ‘girly drink’ called Baileys

irishtimes.com/culture/books/in-1973-i-invented-a-girly-drink-called-baileys-1.3240945
Being Christmas, I am reminded that Bailey’s Irish Cream was cooked up in the ‘70s by two English guys to take advantage of government export subsidies

The forgotten medieval habit of 'two sleeps' - BBC Future

bbc.com/future/article/20220107-the-lost-medieval-habit-of-biphasic-sleep
For millennia, people slept in two shifts – once in the evening, and once in the morning. But why? And how did the habit disappear?

The Prince symbol has been salvaged from a 1993 floppy disk - CDM Create Digital Music

cdm.link/2021/11/the-prince-symbol-has-been-salvaged-from-a-1992-floppy-disk/
Prince was way ahead of non-fungible tokens - with a symbol that was intended to make life a pain-in-the-a** for the record label. (Non-f***able totem?) And now Anil Dash and Limor Fried/Adafruit have brought back that image from a floppy.

By Design

megconley.com/by-design/
The history of kitchen design is full of feminist utopias founded on white supremacy.

Stay alert - DEV Community

dev.to/richharris/stay-alert-d
A short while ago, Chrome broke the web by disabling alert(), confirm() and prompt() dialogs from... Tagged with javascript.

Why are hyperlinks blue?

blog.mozilla.org/en/internet-culture/deep-dives/why-are-hyperlinks-blue/
We took a deep dive into the history of interfaces and link designs over the years to track down the origin of the blue link we know today.

The Third Reich Was Addicted to Drugs | The New Republic

newrepublic.com/article/141125/third-reich-addicted-drugs
At the start of the war, Hitler suffered from gas. Soon, he was taking a cocktail of morphine, crystal meth, and laxatives, a new history reveals.