Originally, during Lent, you couldn’t eat meat, except for fish. Then rabbits snuck in. As with most religious traditions, the story of why is built on a foundation of lies.
As the United Kingdom marks the one hundredth anniversary of women’s suffrage, the Labour party wants to pardon the country’s suffragettes for laws broken in pursuit of the vote. However, not everybody thinks this is a good idea.
When the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision, a young white mother near Wilmington, North Carolina, received the news with resolve to circumvent the ruling, using “nerve and plenty of hell in the personality.” Mrs. Hugh Bell organized the Pender County Association for the…
Winds of change are blowing into the land of Greater Fauxlandia, where it’s always an amalgam of Disney’s The Sword in the Stone and let’s say circa 1530: A queen now reigns at Medieval Times.
What if I told you there was a magnificent collection of tens of thousands of magazines in a former cannon foundry outside London?
Naomi Parker Fraley—who as a young woman took up war work shortly after Pearl Harbor and boasted perhaps the single best case for having inspired the iconic “We Can Do It!” Rosie the Riveter poster—has died at 96.
Have you ever longed to experience a version of HBO’s Rome that gobbled several pounds of hallucinogens and took off for the Glastonbury Festival draped in a fashion bed sheet from Asos? Behold Britannia, premiering January 26th on Amazon Prime Video.
Hear that? It’s not the winter winds wuthering across the moors, but rather—once again—the sound of the Brontë Society riven by dramatic conflict.
It’s unfortunate that Greta Garbo’s apartment—the place she famously tried to keep clear of publicity, looking much the same as when she lived there—has just sold for $8.5 million, because it is my ideal living space and I would like to move in tomorrow, thanks.
Oh my God: A pair of incredibly bold thieves have made off with precious jewels owned by Qatari royals, casually snatching them from a museum exhibit at a historic Venetian palace “before blending into crowds and making their escape.” Oh my God!
Gloria Estefan, L.L. Cool J, and Lionel Richie were among the more well-known recipients of the Kennedy Center Honors, which aired Tuesday night—but please don’t sleep on Carmen de Lavallade, a groundbreaking and extremely talented dancer who finally got her well-deserved due.
History has nearly forgotten Lucy Parsons (c. 1853-1942), the radical anarchist and orator who enthused working-class audiences for decades with her rhetoric of resistance and violence. She struck fear into the hearts of the Chicago police and businessmen, agitating for workers to seize their rights by whatever means…
So sorry to interrupt, but did you realize that Sasha Velour, current reigning Rupaul’s Drag Race champion and bald-headed beauty, is also a very talented artist who drew today’s Google Doodle featuring Marlene Deitrich?!
Do you have any information about the 1990 art heist at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum? Do you want $10 million? Well, better talk now.
On one hand, the Victorians were all for keeping the body hidden beneath layers of fabric and thinking of England when confronted with a living penis. On the other, they were fascinated by any deviation from the rigidity of their self-imposed norms, paying hard-earned money to examine the skin connecting conjoined…
In early 1937, director Gregory La Cava sent an assistant named Winfrid Thackrey to embed herself in a home for aspiring actresses, the Hollywood Studio Club, to gather material for a movie about theater life. He told Thackrey:
A recently discovered painting by renowned 17th century Italian artist Artemisia Gentileschi sold at auction in Paris for a record of €2,360,600 (roughly $2,802,173.)
Looking to escape the virtual hellscape that is the internet and get back in touch with the rhythms of nature? I can’t really help you, but this year you can watch a livestream of the the winter solstice at Newgrange, an unfathomably ancient prehistoric site in Ireland.
This TV adaptation of The Alienist is the thing I’m most looking forward to in 2018, particularly as it comes out in that dreary stretch of January when you most want to think about serial killers. Dakota Fanning plays Sarah Howard, the first woman to work in the New York Police Department, and I think her outfits in…
We can now look into the (reconstructed) face of the “Huarmey Queen,” a noblewoman who died roughly 1,200 years ago in what is now Peru. A weaver, she was buried with jewelry and other fancy accoutrements. She is my queen.
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