The appeal of the free gift has always been, for the consumer, about the eternal dream of getting something for nothing.
Medical authorities wrote about leeches as if they sucked blood out of the goodness of their hearts.
In the 19th century, bucolic, park-like cemeteries started cropping up on the outskirts of American cities.
According to the extramission theory of vision, our eyes send out beams of elemental fire that spread, nerve like, to create the visual field.
Throughout history, people tried to protect spaces from evil with apotropaic marks, ritual concealments, and other charms.
If thieves’ cant—a language known only to criminals—was the Devil’s cabinet, bourgeois society couldn’t help but peep inside.
Kellogg's Corn Flakes were originally created by a doctor who believed bland food would reduce people's urge to masturbate.
In a moment when scientists were working to fashion a credible identity for themselves, they had to decide how much showmanship was too much.
A Curious Reader asks: When and how did the handshake originate?
Renaissance-era anatomists taught people to “knowe thyself” by reading the books of bodies.