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.
Kellogg's Corn Flakes were originally created by a doctor who believed bland food would reduce people's urge to masturbate.
In a moment when scientists were working to fashion a credible identity for themselves, they had to decide how much showmanship was too much.
A Curious Reader asks: When and how did the handshake originate?
Renaissance-era anatomists taught people to “knowe thyself” by reading the books of bodies.
The tarantella is named for a peasant woman from southern Italy whose tarantula bite started a contagious dancing fever!
In early modern Europe, various sorts of winds were associated with illness and even death.
Scholars don't typically pay that much attention to smells, but odors have historically been quite significant.