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.
By making what may have been unseen visible, trading cards have often provided an opening into larger conversations on race, gender, and representation.
A Vickers Wellington plane was submerged for decades in the Loch Ness, till a group of Nessie hunters stumbled across mysterious sonar readings.
Prodigies, or monsters, were opaque and flexible symbols that signaled that God was sending some message.
How did people find out where their local boundaries were before there were reliable maps?
For cultural and geographical reasons, the city was a great place to find bodies to dissect. But there was also the matter of one well-connected doctor.
Lifecasting was the renaissance art of making sculptures using molds taken from real-life plants and animals.