Phobias are, by definition, irrational fears. Some fears, however, seem more straightforward than others. Terrified of confined spaces? Totally get it. Petrified of spiders, snakes, or flying? Well, that’s understandable. But a fear of buttons? Names? Love? Now, that’s weird!
In the span of 65 years, from 1663 to 1728, France sent boatloads of carefully selected women to its American colonies to boost population and settlement. Among them, the Casket Girls of New Orleans stand out, shrouded in mystery and dark legends.
For eight centuries of conflict, countless female samurai—most of them forgotten today—fought courageously alongside their men, driven by love, vengeance, faith, or politics. And when the ultimate sacrifice was demanded, they met death with unwavering valor. Let us remember them, in awe and reverence.
Thioacetone may be the foulest-smelling chemical in the world—so foul, in fact, that when it was first synthesized in 1889, it induced vomiting and fainting from half a mile away. Read on to find out more about a stink that puts skunks and rotten eggs to shame.
On November 20, 1923, 12-year-old Vangeliya Surcheva lost her sight after being thrown into the air by a powerful whirlwind. Soon after, visions began to appear to the blind girl: the events of the coming years. Even so, she wouldn’t have become Baba Vanga, the blind seer of the Balkans, if it weren’t for the Bulgarian KGB.
From passports to Senate dress codes, the article explores the slow unraveling of coverture laws in America, revealing the tenacity required for women to secure legal independence and illustrating the lingering impact of centuries-old gender norms.
In Chaucer’s “Squire’s Tale,” Princess Canace doesn’t want to appear unfestive in the morning, so she makes sure to get some rest—by waking up from her first sleep at midnight! She was neither crazy nor an exception: for centuries, most people slept twice a day. And you should too.
Discover the haunting story of Joice Heth, an African American woman exploited in P.T. Barnum’s schemes. Peer beyond The Greatest Showman’s façade to investigate her tragic past, revealing showbiz glamour’s heartbreaking and hidden reality.
George Washington’s hair discovered in Schenectady, New York, thrilled historians, while sparking intrigue and debate over its true historical significance and monetary worth. A find that raises questions as much as eyebrows!
Rooted in ancient beliefs, spurred into a social movement by Darwin and the Romantics, and later philosophically formalized by luminaries such as Aldo Leopold, Arne Næss and Paul W. Taylor, biocentrism champions the notion that every living organism holds an equal inherent worth. Its ethical foundations, however, are debatable—to say the least.
Nestled at the coordinate (0,0) rests Null Island, an intriguing digital illusion masquerading as an island. It serves as a sanctuary for wayward geodata, gathering fragments from across the globe and providing them with a virtual abode.
For centuries, the resilient Raramuri people have faced relentless exploitation. Today, their indomitable spirit persists despite new challenges: climate change and the menacing presence of drug cartels endanger their sacred homeland, but their resilience remains unyielding.
The phrase ‘Indian giver,’ tragically ironic, arose from a cultural misunderstanding. It distorts Indigenous gifting customs, intended to forge bonds, into a divisive slur. This distorted perception exemplifies the profound tragedy of miscommunication and cultural misinterpretation.
In a monumental archaeological revelation, the mummy of Lady Dai, Xin Zhui, offers an unparalled glimpse into China’s ancient Han Dynasty. Her impeccably preserved state continues to baffle scientists, while her affluent lifestyle, evident in her tomb’s artifacts, serves as a testament to the era’s cultural richness.
Prominent New York socialite, Madeleine Astor, endured tragedy and triumph as a survivor of the Titanic. From her marriage to John Jacob Astor IV to her subsequent marriages and untimely demise, her life symbolizes the indomitable spirit of those who faced the fateful night at sea.
Viktor Bryukhanov’s life, marked by his role as Chernobyl’s director during the 1986 disaster, unfolds a compelling narrative. His journey, from overseeing plant construction, confronting the calamitous aftermath, facing trial, and living a post-prison life, offers a profound exploration of a significant historical figure.
From Poe’s raucous university life riddled with gambling debt to his military service, and his deliberately engineered expulsion from West Point, this article offers a captivating exploration into the lesser-known army career of the master of macabre, Edgar Allan Poe.
Exploring the allure of the Miyazaki Mango, this article delves into the fruit’s meticulous cultivation, lavish price tag, and nutritional benefits, while offering insightful tips to savor this epitome of luxury that embodies a symphony of flavors.