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!
King Charles VI of France was the most exalted representative of a rash of "Glass Men," who appeared throughout Europe between the 15th and 17th centuries.
The colonial Dutch tradition of making social calls on New Year's Day in New York was no match for 19th-century-style partying.
One historian reconstructs what nighttime was like in early modern Europe, and how the darkness affected people's sleep patterns.
Doughnuts became popular during World War I, when Salvation Army volunteers—most of them women—made and served the soldiers million of doughnuts.
The Men’s Dress Reform Party (MDRP) called for liberation from dark, tightly-knit textiles...and had some ties to the eugenics movement.
More than two centuries after the invention of ballooning, Steve Fossett became the first person to solo circumnavigate the world in a balloon.