The crazed caricature of genius was largely inspired by now-debunked late-Victorian ideas about how species change.
And how would we know? Let's ask the Enlightenment.
The Roman sewer, the Cloaca Maxima, was presided over by a goddess whose shrine stood near the Forum.
An oft-overlooked explorer who traversed the globe, driven by his thirst for scientific discovery—and a love of piracy.
An archaeological dig turned up eight bottles of mustard powder in one eighteenth-century homestead. Why the condiment love?
Oysters in Wyoming and Arizona? In the nineteenth century? Yes, and mighty tasty too!
At ten weeks old, many of the birds headed to the trenches, carrying back messages over distances of about ten miles.
In the 1950s, Gordon and Valentina Wasson encountered magic mushrooms. Then they wouldn't stop talking about them.
The rise and fall of the iconic sandwich has paralleled changes in Americans' economic conditions.
Presenting impoverished city dwellers with a fresh bouquet might seem condescending. On the other hand, flowers are awesome.