The first recorded use of the exclamation mark was in 14th-century Florentine leader Coluccio Salutati’s 1399 manuscript “De nobilitate legum et medicine”. Photograph: Evgeny Sergeev/Getty

The 14th-century Florentine leader Coluccio Salutati is not exactly a household name today, but among his notable achievements is the earliest recorde(...)

Lofty perch: Vienna, with its Riesenrad Ferris wheel, was followed by clean, efficient and user-friendly Zurich, Munich, Dusseldorf and Copenhagen. Photograph: Getty

Ever since the Ten Commandments there has been something about a good list that satisfies our urge to rank the world around us. This week’s exercise i(...)

Apple chief executive Tim Cook: says the FBI, by asking Apple for help to unlock Syed Rizwan Farook’s phone, is trying to ‘build a back door to the iPhone’. Photograph: Richard Drew/AP

In one of the most famous ads of the tech world, a woman bearing a hammer runs through a totalitarian dystopia towards the looming face of Big Brother(...)

Convenient for criminals? €500 notes, aka ‘Bin Ladens’

Farewell, €500 note, we hardly knew ya. According to reports coming out of the European Central Bank this week, Mario Draghi and co have decided that (...)

Repellant: Roosh V’s views reflect real attitudes

Before last weekend most of us had never heard of Roosh V, but then the so-called pro-rape meet-ups he was organising around the world became the subj(...)

Terry Wogan during his final breakfast show on BBC Radio 2. Photograph: BBC

Among the many stories written about Terry Wogan after his death last weekend, one popular vignette seemed particularly telling. When the UK radio r(...)

A police officer stands in front of French taxis blockading a Parisian street during a protest against Uber this week. Photograph: EPA/CHRISTOPHE PETIT TESSON

Last Tuesday, France was gripped by huge strikes, with an estimated 130,000-150,000 protesting across the country. In that age-old French tradition, a(...)

 Lavoy Finicum who was one of the occupiers of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon: he was shot dead. Photograph: by Joe Raedle/Getty Images

There was a dramatic turning point in the four-week armed occupation of a wildlife refuge in Oregon on Tuesday when the FBI arrested eight leaders of (...)

People take a selfie by floral tributes in front of James Cochran’s mural of David Bowie in Brixton, south London,  two days after the announcement of Bowie’s death. Photograph: Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty Images

In response to the news of David Bowie’s death last Monday, millions of people took to Twitter and Facebook to express their sadness and grief. There (...)

It is clearly not just the likes of Donald Trump (above) and Paul Graham who are never told they are completely wrong; the same could also be said of entire industries, from Wall Street to Silicon Valley. Photograph: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images

I was reading an article about Donald Trump recently – he’s hard to avoid these days – and one line really stood out: “One of the more dangerous pleas(...)