In 1997, professor of mathematics and crochet enthusiast Daina Taimiņa found a way to join those two passions in order to craft durable sections of hyperbolic surfaces.
Up near the Arctic Circle, the best waterproof parkas are made out of guts.
In the 9th century CE, a town in what is now Nigeria produced the most masterful bronze artefacts in the world.
Winston Churchill invented an adult romper suit and then wore it everywhere during World War II.
Tourists in Mexico can buy brooches made of bejewelled ironclad beetles. Still living bejewelled ironclad beetles.
We all know that Egyptian tombs contained models of servants, boats, and animals to accompany the deceased in the afterlife. But they sometimes also contained model gardens, granaries, bakeries, breweries, stables, and slaughterhouses.
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.