Century-old time capsules opened in New York City, Boston

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Representatives from the Bostonian Society talk to the media after opening a 113-year-old time capsule, which was found inside a lion statue, at Skylight Studios in Woburn, Massachusetts, October 9, 2014.  [Reuters]

Representatives from the Bostonian Society talk to the media after opening a 113-year-old time capsule, which was found inside a lion statue, at Skylight Studios in Woburn, Massachusetts, October 9, 2014. [Reuters]

A fun coincidence of history: In Boston and New York this week, two unrelated openings of time capsules left by people 113 and 100 years ago, respectively. They are two of the country’s oldest time capsules. Read the rest

The Mystery of Kaspar Hauser

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In 1828, a 16-year-old boy appeared in Nuremberg, claiming that he’d spent his whole life alone in a dark cell. In the latest Futility Closet podcast we’ll follow the short, sad life of Kaspar Hauser and ponder who he might have been.

We’ll also revisit the Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus, encounter some self-landing planes, and puzzle over why a man would bury 15 luxury cars in the desert.

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Prince Philip doll at NYCC

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One of the wildest things about the major comic conventions is how broadly beyond that particular medium the focus now ranges. Hollywood movies, video games, general celebrity worship… all part and parcel of the show. For example, here is a highly detailed doll of the cunning and ruthless Prince Philip, a popular character from UK royalty.

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