Quick: Picture a haunted house. It's probably a Victorian mansion, right? Here's how these structures became signifiers of horror, haunting, and death.
Exploring the Celtic origins of everyone's favorite harvest holiday celebrating thresholds between life and death.
The Falnama, or Book of Omens, combined apocalyptic representations from many sources. Say a prayer, ask your question, and flip to a random page.
Bezoars, a strange lump formed in the belly of a goat, once were considered a panacea, and worth more than their weight in gold.
Spiritualist medium Helen Duncan was photographed emitting ectoplasm, supposedly proof of her ability to contact the dead.
In the Middle Ages, the legend of Aristotle and Phyllis exemplified the “Power of Women” trope.
The League of American Wheelmen was originally intended to spread bicycle appreciation. The 1896 presidential election changed all that.
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.