Old houses hold many secrets which only emerge with chance and time. A Scottish plumber named Peter Allan was working on the heating pipes of just such a house when he encountered something strange: an antique bottle secreted beneath the floorboards. Opened by Eilidh Stimpson—the resident of the house—and her two children, the bottle was revealed to contain a fascinating note written in 1887.
Could you imagine going your whole life without properly seeing your own reflection?
The history of New England is steeped in folklore and superstition.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care…but not if you live in the UK. British children traditionally hang their stockings at the foot of their bed, unlike most Americans who observe the holiday. In America, fun family Christmas traditions such as picking the perfect tree at a tree farm, stringing popcorn and candy canes as decoration, hanging bountiful Christmas lights all around, and placing a wreath on your front door are typical.
Throughout history, cultures across the globe have adopted creative ways to deal with death.
Sadly, due to its location in the Pacific Rim, Japan is prone to devastating earthquakes and tsunamis.
Why not indulge your inner chef and check out some dishes from the past? It's easier now than ever thanks to the Internet Archive, which has been digitizing vintage recipes from American history. From the late 1700s to the early 1900s, the ongoing collection now includes over 10,000 cookbooks. Best of all, they are free to view and download. Perusing the vast library shines a light on the innumerable types of guides that exist.
For centuries, people young and old have reveled in the fun and frightening festivities of Halloween.
While the term photography was coined in the early 19th century, Greek mathematicians had been making pinhole cameras since the 4th century BCE. The history of photography has always been filled with innovation, as imagery has continued to develop along with the technology photographers have on hand. With such a long history, it's no surprise that photography is full of important firsts, from the world's oldest photograph to the first photo uploaded to Instagram.
A group of leading Egyptian archeologists are leading a call for the return of the Rosetta Stone to the land...
For many, Indigenous Peoples' Day is an important holiday rooted in reflection and honoring Indigenous people of the past, but it...