The Ancient and Esoteric Order of the Jackalope

"Arts & Culture"

Oh, the humanities!

The Republic statue from the 1893 Chicago World's Fair

The White City

an interview with Michael Finney of the Chicago 1893 Project

We're talking with Michael Finney about the 1893 Chicago World's Fair, what it meant to the city and the nation, and resurrecting it augmented reality.

statue of Set

Tales from the Cryptid

on the trail of the Typhonian beast

We know all the coolest Ancient Egypgian gods have animal heads, but ask yourself: what kind of animal is Set?

a sandwich made with three types of peanut butter

Crunchy or Wrong

a deep dive into the sticky, messy history of peanut butter

Who deserves the credit for inventing peanut butter? A Michigan physician? A Missouri snack food maker? A Canadian chemist? None of the above?

Eggs Sardou and Pommes Anna, a la #7

You Are Who You Eat

foods named after famous people

Time to dress up, because #7 is inviting you to a dinner party where all the foods are famous. Or at least have famous namesakes.

John Singer Sargent, "Sir Hugh Lane" (1906)

More Lovely and More Temperate

poor estate planning, a daring art theft, and a brief history of Anglo-Irish relations

In which two Irish art students commit a daring daylight museum heist with virtually no planning, and somehow get away consequence-free.

Thorfinn Karlsefni (1915-1918) by Einar Jónsson

The Icelander

a tale of public art, politics, and racism

Why, exactly, was there a statue of a Viking explorer in Philadelphia? And why isn't it there now?

stack of cookbooks

Milking It for All It’s Worth

let's get saucy and talk about béchamel

We delve into the world of sauces by talking about the history and use of the milkiest sauce of all - béchamel!

Bird in Space

The Brouhaha

when abstract art when on trial

Is Constantin Brâncuși's "Bird in Space" a masterpiece, or just a hunk of polished bronze? Incredibly, this turned out to be a question for the courts!