Avocados had an important place in Mesoamerican peoples’ diet, mythology, and culture. It’s possible that they were eaten in Mexico 10,000 years ago.
18th-century bathing was controversial. Some argued bathing was healthy, while others argued it could damage one's health.
Vespasian's most useful contribution to history may well have been creation of pay toilets.
Piltdown Man was once considered the missing link between apes and humans. What happened?
Johnny Appleseed was based on a real person, John Chapman, who was eccentric enough without the legends.
Alexis Soyer frequently cooked for royalty and dignitaries, but also displayed a healthy social conscience.
An eighteenth-century precedent for today's community gardens in Sheffield, England.
Conspiracy theories boil down to a rejection of the absurdity, meaninglessness, and randomness of life and history.
Nuts! is a new documentary about John R. Brinkley, whose claim to fame was transplanting goat testicles into men in the 1920s.
Soda water is a popular beverage now, but it was once considered a cure, among other things.