Our names for our fingers show a surprising depth of cultural variation—and similarity.
Seventeenth-century scholars were horrified by how much ancient knowledge had been lost when the monasteries dispersed.
Fratricide among rival princes was legal and widely practiced until 1603, so confinement to the palace was actually an improvement.
Was Francis Grose's Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue the font of all popular culture studies?
The Comte de Buffon's thirty-six volume Natural History claimed that America was a land of degeneracy. That enraged Thomas Jefferson.
Looking to avoid politics at the holiday dinner table? Food trivia, ground-up mummy pigment, and snake jaws ought to do the trick.
Tofu turkey was created in 1990, but some Americans celebrated Thanksgiving with veggie dishes over a century ago.
For many science-obsessed Victorians, X-rays were not just a fun novelty, but a potential miracle cure.
Pliny the Elder remarked: “Such is the condition of humanity, and so uncertain is men’s judgment, that they cannot determine even death itself.”
The origins of Linus's pumpkin deity, who "rises out of the pumpkin patch and flies through the air and brings toys to all the children in the world."