A recent New York Times quiz got us thinking about refrigerators, food, diet, and assumptions about class. Here are 12 stories on the subject.
A scholar finds that some ancient Egyptians who were literate wrote annoyed letters to friends.
In the era of Louis XV, it was fashionable to drench oneself in “animal scents.”
If we find aliens, chances are they'll be nothing like we ever imagined.
Cesare Lombroso wanted to use science to understand who criminals were. But his ideas about biological "atavism" easily transferred to eugenics and nativism.
With its huge windows framing the corpses on display, the morgue bore an uncomfortable resemblance to a department store.
Even the invention of the telescope couldn't convince all people to put aside superstitions about comets.
Isinglass comes from the swim bladders of certain kinds of fish and can be found in everything from beer recipes to illuminated manuscripts. Ew? No way.
File under: “don’t try this at home.”
A very gross but extremely informative look at the archaeology of toilet hygiene.