William Dampier, Pirate Scientist
An oft-overlooked explorer who traversed the globe, driven by his thirst for scientific discovery—and a love of piracy.
Sharks Before and After Jaws
The blockbuster Jaws (1975) provoked fear by portraying sharks as "mindless eating machines." But what did people think of sharks before then?
The Curious Voyage of HMS Endeavour
Captain James Cook had secret orders to to search for a predicted Southern Continent. He ended up claiming New Zealand and part of Australia for the U.K.
Zoological Jokes and Hoaxes
The humor in inventing fake animals comes from the fact that the audience is in on the joke. Nevertheless, the line between satire and hoax can be fuzzy.
Personification Is Your Friend: The Language of Inanimate Objects
So it entirely slipped my mind that Lingua Obscura recently turned one (yay!) and is now a veritable ...
Lost Franklin Expedition Ship Found by Canadian Scientists
In 2014, a Canadian team announced they had found the shipwrecks of John Franklin's lost 1845 expedition.