Ikebana, the ancient Japanese art of flower arranging is making a comeback. Read about the symbolism and culture behind these living sculptures.
Why is there a worm in Tequila? Or is there? Who would even consider a drink with a worm in it and how and why did it get there? Find out all the answers
Meet Lulu Hashimoto, the doll who won a human beauty pageant and developed a huge following as a fashion model and human-like character
Why were chainsaws invented? These handy modern tools have a surprising background. Find out their origins in medicine and in preventing maternal death
Read the amazing story of Wojtek, the bear. There are memorials to this bear in two major cities in Europe. He left an impression on all who met him.
The scary Hammerhead Worm is taking over the world and eating the earthworms in our gardens. Find out more about bipalium kewense and how to control them
The Cheongsam, the epitome of femininity in China was once made to hide the body. Read the fascinating history of the origins of the traditional garment.
What does SOS mean? Many believe that it means Save our Souls or Save this Ship, but it is an offshoot of the system of Morse code. Read this history
The custom of the bundling bag has existed within Western Europe and later North America for over half a millennia. It is allegedly still practiced by some religious New England communities.
George Everest was a British surveyor and geographer, he is most famous for having the highest mountain in the world, Mount Everest, named after him, despite the fact he never really had anything to do with the discovery.
Like a dripping tap that becomes the mind’s only focus while attempting to sleep, water torture has gone down in history as something terrifying, made exhilarating by Harry Houdini’s later interpretation.
How do lobsters communicate? With no vocal cords, the options are limited. Fortunately, they’re blessed with two bladders in their heads and can release jets of potent urine to get their message across.
From ashes of ox hooves, eggshells, pumice, and myrrh to fluoride and sodium lauryl sulfate, the history of toothpaste has come a long way in 7000 years.
A deafening silence is the absence of sound, but it’s the noise that comes before it that really makes it deafening. You can only appreciate the silence because of the noise beforehand.
The only certainty regarding the origin of the phrase “Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire” is a mystery and, ironically, mistruths and lies.
The black swallower fish can swallow prey twice its length and ten times its size. However, gluttony is a dangerous option. Too greedy and the gasses released can cause it to overinflate, bursting its gut.
It was an incident involving Charles Dickens that led to a step forward in female emancipation and the formation of Sorosis, the first women’s club, at the famous Delmonico’s restaurant in New York.
Habu Sake, also known as Habsuhu or Okinawan snake wine, remains popular in Asia despite using barbaric production methods.
James Jameson, grandson and heir of Jameson Irish whiskey magnate John Jameson, was an esteemed nineteenth-century naturalist. He would become infamous for his alleged role in the murder and cannibalization of a young African girl.
Is it possible to regrow teeth? Up until recently, dentures and implants were the only way. But soon, medieval dentistry might be history.
So, how do starfish eat? Have you ever extended your stomach out of your mouth when snackish? When you’re a starfish, eating gets complicated.