When Captain Sir John Franklin's Arctic expedition went awry, clairvoyants claimed to be able to contact the crew members. Why did people believe them?
The outlandish "macaroni" style of 18th-century England blurred the boundaries of gender, as well as class and nationality.
The story of a building that will not stand until a living human being is imprisoned in its foundations is so common as to form it own genre.
Quick: Picture a haunted house. It's probably a Victorian mansion, right? Here's how these structures became signifiers of horror, haunting, and death.
Exploring the Celtic origins of everyone's favorite harvest holiday celebrating thresholds between life and death.
The Falnama, or Book of Omens, combined apocalyptic representations from many sources. Say a prayer, ask your question, and flip to a random page.
Bezoars, a strange lump formed in the belly of a goat, once were considered a panacea, and worth more than their weight in gold.
Spiritualist medium Helen Duncan was photographed emitting ectoplasm, supposedly proof of her ability to contact the dead.
In the Middle Ages, the legend of Aristotle and Phyllis exemplified the “Power of Women” trope.
The League of American Wheelmen was originally intended to spread bicycle appreciation. The 1896 presidential election changed all that.