The medieval tradition of deciding legal cases by appointing champions to fight to the death endured through 1817, unlike its tastier cousin.
In the late 19th century, more women were becoming librarians. Experts like Melvil Dewey predicted they would suffer ill health, strain, and breakdowns.
A strange initiation ritual involving a toad was required for members of a secret caste of nineteenth-century horse mystics.
Examining the 18th-century social contract of Captain Bartholomew Roberts and his men shows just how organized and codified pirate societies could be.
The Book of Stones, a central alchemical text, contained formulae with the power to create living tissue from ordinary matter, supposedly.
Centuries before the computer, whimsical automata pushed the uncanny boundary between human and machine.
Healing ceremonies showed that monarchs ruled by God’s will, as divine power worked through anointed hands.
Fancies breed strange children.
Staying at inns allowed Washington to examine the state of the infrastructure for traveling in the new federal Republic. The only problem was, he hated it.
The door to spring is guarded by fools, but that's ok, because they're not all that serious. And everybody knows the password: April Fools!