In the 16th-18th centuries, vessels filled with nails, thorns, hair, and other materials, were used as a form of ritual protection against witches.
A lighthearted look at Americans' nicknames of yore, from master humorist H. L. Mencken.
The rebellious culture of the Beat Generation was coopted into fodder for a marketable lifestyle.
A brief history of the codpiece, that mysterious garment favored by 16th-century gents who just may have been covering up their cases of syphilis.
The appeal of the free gift has always been, for the consumer, about the eternal dream of getting something for nothing.
Medical authorities wrote about leeches as if they sucked blood out of the goodness of their hearts.
In the 19th century, bucolic, park-like cemeteries started cropping up on the outskirts of American cities.
According to the extramission theory of vision, our eyes send out beams of elemental fire that spread, nerve like, to create the visual field.
Throughout history, people tried to protect spaces from evil with apotropaic marks, ritual concealments, and other charms.
If thieves’ cant—a language known only to criminals—was the Devil’s cabinet, bourgeois society couldn’t help but peep inside.