Scholars don't typically pay that much attention to smells, but odors have historically been quite significant.
A recently-discovered skeleton wearing leather boots inspires a walk through our history of wearing animal hides.
Eastman Kodak used folklore to sell a modern technology, and ended up creating new communities and forms of expressions along the way.
Bizarre customs of landholding—from demands for flowers to ritualized flatulence—reflect the philosophy that developed under the feudal system.
Ancient Egyptians' love of cats developed from an appreciation to their rodent-catching skills to revering them as sacred creatures.
Spider silk is as strong as steel and as light as a feather, but attempts to industrialize its production have gotten stuck, so to speak.
And other wonders of spontaneous generation.
In late 19th-century forensics, optography was all the rage. This pseudoscience held that what someone saw just before death would be imprinted on their eye.
Even if you haven't actually roasted chestnuts on an open fire, you probably associate them with winter. But once they were a common year-round food.
In England in the 1920s and ‘30s, nudism was ideological and utopian. Then the Nazis coopted the concept for their eugenicist Nacktkultur movement.