The Library of Rare Colors

From Tom Scott. The Forbes Pigment Collection at the Harvard Art Museums is a collection of pigments, binders, and other art materials for researchers to use as standards: so they can tell originals from restorations from forgeries. It’s not open to the public, because it’s a working research library — and because some of the…

The Last Play-For-Cash Fascination Parlor

From Tom Scott. On Nantasket Beach, in the seaside town of Hull, Massachusetts, sits the last play-for-cash Fascination Parlor in the world. It’s a century-old arcade game, made of relays that click and buzz. There are a few other parlors left in the world: but this is the only one where you’re playing for actual…

Above Average (with too many people to fit in this title)

From Tom Scott. Today in the Game Garage, it’s not about what you know: it’s about what you can do. Pull down the description for the full cast and links to everyone’s channels! IN THE STUDIO Cambria Bailey-Jones – https://twitter.com/cambriabailey Guy Larsen – http://guylarsen.com Taha Khan – https://youtube.com/khanstopme ON THE PANEL Barry Lewis – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAzyupPG4vdo8jd9nJ13LAw…

The Broken Building That Must Not Be Destroyed

From Tom Scott. St Peter’s Seminary sits in woodland about an hour west of Glasgow, near a village called Cardross. If you like Brutalist architecture, then it’s a beautiful ruin: if not, then perhaps your view isn’t so kind. It’s a historic, religious building: but it’s also a money sink that can’t be demolished. My…

Slowing Down A Stock Exchange With 38 Miles Of Cable

From Tom Scott. High-frequency traders have a few tactics on stock exchanges: but simply put, they gather price information faster than anyone else, sometimes even faster than the markets themselves, and use that to make a tiny profit many, many, many times. There are all sorts of solutions: but it turns out there’s a simpler…