Featured category: Early modern history

The suspicious origins of Wall Street’s wall, Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s abandoned children, the crossroads killings of Sengoku era Japan, and Renaissance fart jokes.

New York City’s famous Wall Street may be named after a literal wall built in the 17th century to keep the Algonquian peoples out.


Rousseau
Unknown author, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Jean-Jacques Rousseau, the philosopher of education (among other things) abandoned five of his children to an orphanage.


During the Sengoku period of Japan, samurai might wait at crossroads to blood their swords on innocent passers-by.


Bracciolini
Antonio Luciani (Italian printmaker; fl. 1700–1738) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Poggio Bracciolini was a key instigator of the Italian Renaissance. And he loved a good fart joke.

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