Inside the London School Where Cabbies Learn the Fabled Knowledge
There are 25,000 streets in central London, laid out in a manner best described as willy-nilly. Anyone who wants to drive a cab must memorize them all. This arcane body of knowledge is called, in typical British understatement, The Knowledge. Mastering it takes more than three years, and physically changes your brain. Read more.
'What We're Really Looking at When We Look at Pluto'
The images of Pluto that the New Horizons probe beamed across 3 billion miles of hard vacuum are, in a word, breathtaking. Towering mountains of ice, smooth plains, a wan alien landscape. They're amazing not only for what they tell us about Pluto, but for instilling wonder at seeing something human beings have until now only imagined and speculated upon.
But did we really see Pluto? Read more.
'Elefantentreffen Is the Most Bizarre Motorcycle Rally You've Never Heard Of'
Forget about Rolling Thunder and Daytona Bike Week and even Sturgis. If you want to see truly hardcore motorcycle fanatics, make your way to Elefantentreffen. It's the most amazing motorcycle rally you've never heard of.
Every winter for the past 60 years, a few thousand riders from throughout Europe descend on Germany (the location has changed over the years) in the dead of winter for three days of laughter, roast pig, and many, many drinks. Read more.
How a Physicist Solved the Mystery of an Iconic Photo
Alfred Eisenstaedt’s VJ DAY IN Times Square is one of the most iconic photos of the 20th century. Everyone’s seen it, yet, seemingly, no one can answer two basic questions about it: who’s in it, and when was it taken? Physics professor Donald Olson can’t say who the jubilant couple is, but he is absolutely certain the image was snapped at exactly 5:51 pm. Read more.