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The Ins And Outs Of Victorian Dating

The Ins And Outs Of Victorian Dating

In spite or perhaps because of the value placed on chastity, the Victorians took flirting to a new level of crazy.
The Mysterious Lives Of 18th Century Garden Hermits

The Mysterious Lives Of 18th Century Garden Hermits

The ceramic garden gnomes we see today have a very human — and very solemn — past.
How “Fake News” Led To The Flour Riot Of 1837

How “Fake News” Led To The Flour Riot Of 1837

If the Flour Riot of 1837 teaches us anything, it's that people often believe what they read — and will act upon it.
The Curious Indian Lake Where Skeletons Wash Ashore

The Curious Indian Lake Where Skeletons Wash Ashore

Over the years, researchers have discovered hundreds of human skeletons along the edges of this otherwise pristine body of water.
Why The Dresden Bombing Is Still Relevant

Why The Dresden Bombing Is Still Relevant

Why the moral debate over this bombing still matters 72 years later.
Indian Park Rangers Shoot Poachers On Sight, Reduce Rhino Poaching To Almost Zero

Indian Park Rangers Shoot Poachers On Sight, Reduce Rhino Poaching To Almost Zero

The "shoot-on-sight" policy at India's Kaziranga national park saw more poachers killed by guards than rhinos killed by poachers in 2015.
Three Countries Where Military Coups (Eventually) Brought Back Democracy

Three Countries Where Military Coups (Eventually) Brought Back Democracy

Coups are usually messy, violent affairs that smash democracy to install dictatorships. But sometimes a country is in so much trouble, a military coup is actually good news.
Dealing With Grief: Japanese Phone Booth Connects The Living And The Dead

Dealing With Grief: Japanese Phone Booth Connects The Living And The Dead

Called "the phone of the wind," this device allows Japanese mourners to leave messages for those who died in the 2011 earthquake.
Lily Dale, New York: One Of Spiritualism’s Last Bastions

Lily Dale, New York: One Of Spiritualism’s Last Bastions

Maybe Lily Dale, New York is just like any other town. But its reputation as "the most psychic town in America" certainly suggests otherwise.
The Rise Of Europe’s Far Right

The Rise Of Europe’s Far Right

Far right nationalist parties are on the rise throughout the West. Who are these groups and why are they taking over?
That Time Detroit Gave Saddam Hussein A Key To The City

That Time Detroit Gave Saddam Hussein A Key To The City

Why the notorious dictator gave large sums to an American city.