Queen Alexandra had a scar and a limp – and British fashion followed suit.
Jesus Christ is associated with many images: the Lamb of God, the Good Shepherd… and the Pelican?
When US farmers bought seeds or flour during the Great Depression, the most important question was this: what patterns were printed on the sack?
When did we start wearing clothes? We don’t know for sure, but the genetics of lice, prehistoric needles, and ivory carvings give us some clues.
Between 2004 and 2005 the North Korean television show Common Sense ran a propaganda series titled Let’s Trim our Hair in Accordance with the Socialist Lifestyle.
Looking for a new hobby? Try folding banknotes into origami.
The kilt was banned in 1746, forcing the Scots to wear “the unmanly dress of the Lowlander.”
The 1960 Oakeshott typology is a military historian’s attempt to classify the full range of European medieval swords.
Need to hide your smallpox or syphilis scars? Try fake beauty marks made of velvet, silk, or mouse fur.
Worshippers of many different religious use beads on a string to count prayers: Catholic Christians, Muslims, Buddhists, Sikhs, Hindus, and Baháʼís.
The inventor of the pie chart and the bar chart was also a secret agent who helped collapse the French revolutionary government’s economy through an elaborate counterfeiting operation.
For the several of the first modern Olympic Games you could win a gold medal in sculpture, painting, music, literature, or architecture.
In southern and south-eastern Asia and the Pacific, teeth were blackened or lacquered to keep them intact and healthy.
In 1975 the artists Brian Eno and Peter Schmidt published a set of cards designed to provoke creative thinking. The Oblique Strategies deck has become a legend of the art and design worlds.
Ever see someone get hit over the head with a bottle in an old film? They could probably eat the glass afterwards.