A beluga whale was suspected to be a spy. It's not as outlandish as it may seem.
James Graham, founder of the Temple of Health, benefitted from his undeniable flair for showmanship and his talent for leaping on trends.
The indigo dye that created the Royal Navy's signature uniform color was only possible because of imperialism and slavery.
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.