Cotton Mather, the Salem Witch Trials, and Our Miserable Present 

A few days after the election, I attended a panel on witch hunts. It felt appropriate—after all, this was the year of “Lock her up” and “Trump that bitch,” when a topless Hillary Clinton effigy was hung atop a crane in Oregon and individual members of the media were targeted and harassed. In the month following Donald…

Letter From Henry VIII Longing for Anne Boleyn's 'Pritty Duckys' Is Too Hot for the Vatican 

The Vatican archives are immense and mysterious and contain, along with one can only assume the real truth about aliens, letters from Henry VIII to Anne Boleyn. A BBC show has been granted unprecedented access to film those letters—as long as they didn’t include the one where he praises her “pritty Duckys.” By which…

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People Will Keep Passing Marilyn Monroe's 'Happy Birthday Mr. President' Dress Until We're All Dead

The iconic garment worn by Marilyn Monroe when she sang breathily to John F. Kennedy in 1962 has been in the possession of a hedge fund manager named Martin Zweig since 1999. He paid $1.26 million at the Christie’s auction for it, regarding the dress as an investment and storing it in a climate-controlled room on a…