Secretarybird with a snake, Masai Mara, Kenya

Meet the Secretary Bird, Snake Nemesis

If snakes have nightmares, they most likely include secretary birds (or secretarybirds)—so-called because the birds’ crests, when flattened against the head, ...
Civil War Attire

How the Word “Shoddy” Became an Anti-Semitic Slur

Shoddy came to have anti-Semitic overtones during the American Civil War.
"Western College Commencement procession 1932 (3195482392)" by Snyder, Frank R.Flickr: Miami U. Libraries - Digital Collections - https://www.flickr.com/photos/muohio_digital_collections/3195482392/. Via Wikimedia Commons

The History of Graduation Ceremonies and Other School Rituals

Graduation ceremonies and traditions have certainly changed over the past 100 years.

Nineteenth-Century Rappers, Corn Laws, and the Rise of Free Trade

The strange intersection of corn laws, rap, poetry, and free trade.

A Tobacco Plant that Could Cure Cancer?

Finding anti-cancer agents inside tobacco may seem like a pretty strange coincidence, but it’s not unheard of to find help in harmful places.