The Hobo Code was a series of simple drawings—not unlike emojis today—that conveyed to other hobos vital information such as whether a place was hospitable to them or not.
Established over a century ago by Marcus Garvey, the Pan African Flag remains a potent emblem, serving as a testament to African unity, heritage, and resilience. This enduring symbol resonates, echoing solidarity across generations and continents.
You’ve heard of The Muppets. But have you heard of Wilkins and Wontkins? These two early Muppets characters featured in commercials for Wilkins Coffee in the 1950s.
Japan’s enigmatic teru teru bozu, weather-charming talismans, carry tales steeped in mystery and folklore. From gruesome monks to sacrificial young girls, these cherished dolls encapsulate a culture’s ancient weather-control hopes, continuing to dangle from windows, inviting sunshine into rainy days.
The Trobriand Islands, in their seclusion, host a culture marked by unique traditions. From the liberal sexual norms of teens, matrilineal land ownership, yam-driven economy, to the intricate kula gifting ritual and reimagined cricket, they resist global homogenization with remarkable cultural resilience.
At 106, Whang-Od Oggay, the last living Mambabatok in a remote Philippine village, maintains the dying art of Kalinga—traditional tribal tattooing. Her lifetime dedicated to inking triumphant warriors teeters on extinction, posing a poignant threat to this unique cultural heritage.
Laila Laurel, a British designer, ingeniously employs humor to address the social issue of manspreading. Her witty and thought-provoking anti-manspreading chair innovatively bridges the gap between social commentary and functional design.
With its dazzling rainbow hues, Glass Gem Corn captivated the internet, but the real narrative shines in Carl Barnes’ determined quest to cultivate this vibrant corn, reviving a lost fragment of cherished Cherokee heritage.
Rigged elections? Russian Facebook trolls influencing voter behaviour? None of these accusations are being leveled after the Estonian region of Kanepi adopted the cannabis leaf for a new coat of arms.
A German union is making the case for a 28-hour shortened work week in a bid to secure an improved work-life balance for it’s members.
From shopping malls to gas stations, over-sized, pink, female-only parking spaces are springing up in China. The initiative has stirred controversy amid claims that woman-only parking spaces enforce a stereotype of bad female drivers.
After increasing pressure Bilbao health officials have halted a scheme which distributed cocaine crushing cards to local drug users.
The Annabelle doll has been spooking commuters across Asia with mixed results. Malaysian operator RapidKL were the latest to spot the malevolent marionette.
VietJet bikinis are in the news again. Scantily clad flight attendants from the budget Vietnamese carrier will have to cover-up on a new route to Jakarta.