The tarantella is named for a peasant woman from southern Italy whose tarantula bite started a contagious dancing fever!
In early modern Europe, various sorts of winds were associated with illness and even death.
Scholars don't typically pay that much attention to smells, but odors have historically been quite significant.
A recently-discovered skeleton wearing leather boots inspires a walk through our history of wearing animal hides.
Eastman Kodak used folklore to sell a modern technology, and ended up creating new communities and forms of expressions along the way.
Bizarre customs of landholding—from demands for flowers to ritualized flatulence—reflect the philosophy that developed under the feudal system.
Ancient Egyptians' love of cats developed from an appreciation of their rodent-catching skills to revering them as sacred creatures.
Spider silk is as strong as steel and as light as a feather, but attempts to industrialize its production have gotten stuck, so to speak.
And other wonders of spontaneous generation.