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Shocking Labor Practices That Were Legal In Charles Dickens’ Age

Charles Dickens devoted much of his life to writing about the struggles of the working class. On the eve of his birthday, we look back on the historically awful conditions that may have inspired him to write in the first place.

Charles Dickens Writing Desk

A portrait of of Charles Dickens at his writing desk in 1858. Source: Wikimedia

Nearly 204 years ago, Charles Dickens was born in Portsmouth, England. Dickens would go on to write an array of now-classics such as Great Expectations, Oliver Twist and A Tale of Two Cities, but Dickens’ life, like that of so many of his characters, did not have an easy beginning. Continue Reading

Super Bowl Infographic Shows How Much Different The Game, And America, Once Were

Each year, we’re newly aghast at the exorbitant costs of things like Super Bowl commercial air time and tickets. However, it wasn’t always like this. If you look at the air time and ticket prices for the very first Super Bowl, in 1967, you’ll be just as shocked at how different the game — not to mention America itself — once was.

In the decades since that first game, the business of football has, of course, grown exponentially. In short, everyone, including us, is now both spending and making a lot more money from the game — except the players, that is. If that seems shocking, there’s plenty more where that came from in the Super Bowl infographic below:

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What We Loved This Week, Jan. 31 – Feb. 6

Vintage celebrity selfies, opulent wigs made of paper, the most astounding eyes in all of nature, the world’s most ingeniously bizarre ads, and cool photos of ’60s mods.

Kennedy Selfie

From left: Ethel, Jacqueline, and John F. Kennedy. Image Source: Vintage Everyday

Celebrity Selfies Taken Long Before The Word Was Even Invented

Astronauts Selfie

Apollo astronauts, early 1970s. Image Source: Vintage Everyday

Sure, the word “selfie” is only about 15 years old, and mobile phones with cameras are only about the same age. But, if you think we haven’t been taking self-portraits for far, far longer than that, you’re dead wrong. And by “we,” I also mean the rich, famous, and powerful. Sure, rock stars and politicians of decades past couldn’t share their selfies on Instagram or Facebook, but that doesn’t mean, with a little digging, you can’t find some truly iconic, vintage self-portraits. See more at Vintage Everyday.

Stevie Nicks Selfie

Stevie Nicks. Image Source: Vintage Everyday

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Video Of The Day: Alice Cooper Is Actually A Born-Again Christian

The raven-haired rocker turns 68 today, and while, over the years, his work may have cemented his popular associations with deviancy and the macabre, Alice Cooper — née Vincent Damon Furnier — is in fact a devout Christian.

While a successful music career took the “School’s Out” singer away from his Christian roots (and introduced him to alcoholism) at first, it eventually brought him back to his faith. “When you get out there and realize you’ve had every car, every house, and all that, you realize that that’s not the answer,” Cooper said in an interview last year with The Harvest, a Christian evangelical program (see above). “There’s a big nothing out there at the end of that.”

“So, materialism doesn’t mean anything. A lot of people say that there’s a big God-sized hole in your heart. And when that’s filled, you’re really satisfied, and that’s where I am right now.”

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