Marooned in Florida in 1528, four Spanish colonists made an extraordinary journey across the unexplored continent. Their experiences changed their conception of the New World and its people. In this week’s episode of the Futility Closet podcast we’ll describe the remarkable odyssey of Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca and his reformed perspective on the Spanish conquest.
We’ll also copy the Mona Lisa and puzzle over a deficient pinball machine.
In 1939, as the shadow of war spread over Europe, British stockbroker Nicholas Winton helped to spirit hundreds of threatened children out of Czechoslovakia. In this week’s episode of the Futility Closet podcast we’ll describe Winton’s struggle to save the children and the world’s eventual recognition of his achievements. We’ll also consider some ghostly marriages […]
In 1829 a group of convicts commandeered a brig in Tasmania and set off across the Pacific, hoping to elude their pursuers and win their freedom. In this week’s episode of the Futility Closet podcast we’ll describe the mutineers of the Cyprus and a striking new perspective on their adventure. We’ll also consider a Flemish […]
In 1890, French inventor Louis Le Prince vanished just as he was preparing to debut his early motion pictures. He was never seen again. In this week’s episode of the Futility Closet podcast we’ll consider the possible causes of Le Prince’s disappearance and his place in the history of cinema. We’ll also reflect on a […]
Portable projectors feel like a technology that should have died out in the 1990s. But even in an era of 4K resolution and 100-inch screens, a trusty projector is still the most effective means for delivering presentation-style video and graphics quickly and simply without hiring your own audiovisual team to set it up. As a […]
For those looking for muscle pain relief, you may have to get crafty about the type of equipment you buy to get the specific help you seek. While pieces like foam rollers and massage balls have their uses to speed up muscle recovery from workouts and even improve muscle performance, they may not be able […]
Charging cables seem like they’re made of tissue paper. It doesn’t take over a few weeks of use before most new cables are already showing signs of significant wear. All it takes are a couple of bad bends or an accidental yank at the wrong angle to immediately kill some of these flimsy connectors. And […]