'Twas the night before Christmas, and an undead Jesus walked the earth. No wonder early modern Jews played games and sang songs to scare him off.
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Well-researched stories from Atlas Obscura, Physics World, and other publications that bridge the gap between news and scholarship.
In the 1960s and '70s, where and how a film was shown was often as important as the work itself.
Douglas firs weren't great for lumber, but they once made the small town of Eureka the Christmas-tree capital of America.
She started off as a "stunt" journalist and moved into covering stories about women and crime in the Roaring Twenties.
National origin stories can be the stuff of fancy. Francoist Spain also showed how quickly those stories could be rewritten.
Archaeologists used to dig primarily at sites that were easy to find thanks to obvious visual clues. But technology—and listening to local people—plays a bigger role now.
In 1906, physician Richard Strong's already-unethical vaccine experiment went horribly wrong. Then it was swept under the rug.
The first edition of the beloved novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory featured "pygmy" characters taken from Africa.