A 16th-Century Shipwreck Was Discovered Under the Center of Stockholm

Adam Calaitzis/iStock via Getty Images
Adam Calaitzis/iStock via Getty Images

A major historical find was excavated in Stockholm, Sweden, earlier this year, when marine archaeologists dug deep beneath Kungsträdgården, a public park, and found bits of a 16th-century cargo ship that had been resting there for the past 400-odd years.

According to Smithsonian, the hiding-in-plain-sight discovery came as a result of construction workers breaking ground to help reinforce a building foundation near the park. That's when they found traces of the ship's hull. It’s possible the vessel, likely the Sampson and commissioned by Charles IX of Sweden in the 1590s, once docked on the coast while parts of Stockholm were still under water. The ship mysteriously disappeared from historical records in 1607. Apparently abandoned, it was exposed to the elements and stripped down for parts.

Because residents in Stockholm would often throw trash into the water, it’s possible the ship was eventually buried under the deluge and remained obscured even after the town drained the flooded areas of Stockholm's coast in the 1800s.

Marine archaeologists from the Swedish National Maritime and Transport Museums, among others, did the delicate digging, revealing building materials made of pine, and even naval guns. The Swedish National Maritime and Transport Museums did a 3D reconstruction of the find, viewable below.

[h/t Smithsonian]

Kodak’s New Cameras Don't Just Take Photos—They Also Print Them

Your Instagram account wishes it had this clout.
Your Instagram account wishes it had this clout.
Kodak

Snapping a photo and immediately sharing it on social media is definitely convenient, but there’s still something so satisfying about having the printed photo—like you’re actually holding the memory in your hands. Kodak’s new STEP cameras now offer the best of both worlds.

As its name implies, the Kodak STEP Instant Print Digital Camera, available for $70 on Amazon, lets you take a picture and print it out on that very same device. Not only do you get to skip the irksome process of uploading photos to your computer and printing them on your bulky, non-portable printer (or worse yet, having to wait for your local pharmacy to print them for you), but you never need to bother with ink cartridges or toner, either. The Kodak STEP comes with special 2-inch-by-3-inch printing paper inlaid with color crystals that bring your image to life. There’s also an adhesive layer on the back, so you can easily stick your photos to laptop covers, scrapbooks, or whatever else could use a little adornment.

There's a 10-second self-timer, so you don't have to ask strangers to take your group photos.Kodak

For those of you who want to give your photos some added flair, you might like the Kodak STEP Touch, available for $130 from Amazon. It’s similar to the regular Kodak STEP, but the LCD touch screen allows you to edit your photos before you print them; you can also shoot short videos and even share your content straight to social media.

If you want to print photos from your smartphone gallery, there's the Kodak STEP Instant Mobile Photo Printer. This portable $80 printer connects to any iOS or Android device with Bluetooth capabilities and can print whatever photos you send to it.

The Kodak STEP Instant Mobile Photo Printer connects to an app that allows you to add filters and other effects to your photos. Kodak

All three Kodak STEP devices come with some of that magical printer paper, but you can order additional refills, too—a 20-sheet set costs $8 on Amazon.

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13 Inventors Killed By Their Own Inventions

Would you fly in this?
Would you fly in this?

As it turns out, being destroyed by the very thing you create is not only applicable to the sentient machines and laboratory monsters of science fiction.

In this episode of The List Show, Mental Floss editor-in-chief Erin McCarthy takes us on a sometimes tragic, always fascinating journey through the history of invention, highlighting 13 unfortunate innovators whose brilliant schemes brought about their own demise. Along the way, you’ll meet Henry Winstanley, who constructed a lighthouse in the English Channel that was swept out to sea during a storm … with its maker inside. You’ll also hear about stuntman Karel Soucek, who was pushed from the roof of the Houston Astrodome in a custom-designed barrel that landed off-target, fatally injuring its occupant.

And by the end of the episode, you just might be second-guessing your secret plan to quit your day job and become the world’s most daredevilish inventor.

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