A 1950s TV show had a fear-mongering conman named Trump who wanted to build a wall

This seems almost too good to be true, but Snopes and others have proven that this TV show actually existed

On May 8, 1958, art imitated life in 2018. In an episode of a TV show called Trackdown, there was a conman named Trump, who tried to scare the bejeezus out of a town by preaching, “at midnight tonight, without my help and knowledge, every one of you will be dead.” The only way he could save them is by building a wall.

Source: A 1950s TV show had a fear-mongering conman named Trump who wanted to build a wall / Boing Boing

Medieval woman’s art career revealed by blue teeth

About 1,000 years ago, a woman in Germany died and was buried in an unmarked grave in a church cemetery. When modern scientists examined her dug-up remains, they discovered something peculiar — brilliant blue flecks in the tartar on her teeth. And that has cast new light on the role of women and art in medieval Europe. Scientists concluded the woman was an artist involved in creating illuminated manuscripts — a task usually associated with monks.

Source: Medieval woman’s hidden art career revealed by blue teeth

30,000 Never Before Seen Images From a Soviet-Era Photographer

Masha Ivashintsova was born in Russia, in 1942. At 18 she started taking photographs, and became involved the underground arts movement in St. Petersburg, then known as Leningrad. She shot prolifically on the streets of the city, with either her Leica IIIc or Rolleiflex. But she never showed her work to anyone—some of it she didn’t even develop. When she died, in 2000, she left 30,000 photographs—in the form of negatives and undeveloped film—in a box, where they remained, untouched, for 17 years.

Source: 30,000 Hidden Images Reveal the World of a Soviet-Era Photographer – Atlas Obscura

A prescient passage from Richard Rorty 20 years ago

“The non-suburban electorate will decide that the system has failed and start looking for a strongman to vote for. The gains made in the past forty years by black and brown Americans, and by homosexuals, will be wiped out. Jocular contempt for women will come back into fashion”

TV show invents astronomical event, later found to be true

A consultant for the TV show Stargate: Atlantis came up with a type of neutron star for the show and it was later shown to exist:

For one episode, the writers needed a destructive radioactive event that repeated every 45 minutes. They wanted to use a pulsar, a particular type of neutron star that sends out periodic waves of radiation. But a regular pulsar’s radioactive pulse wouldn’t be powerful enough. So McKinnon imagined a fictional binary pulsar system where a second star fed the energy of the first. As she told me later, “My pride and joy is that a couple of years ago, astronomers found a system like the one I described.”

Source: ‘First Man’ and the Scientific Impact of Sci-Fi Consulting – The Atlantic