James McNeill Whistler created the famous "Peacock Room" for a wealthy patron. But the patron never actually wanted it.
In the nineteenth century, enterprising toymakers developed a novel way to bring theater into the home.
Charlotte Brontë, a woman whose life was steeped in stifled near-romance, refused to write love as ruly, predictable, or safe.
The Thames Tunnel, the world's first underwater tunnel, is still in use 175 years after its long-delayed opening, but you can't shop there anymore.