[Categories] > History

San Francisco's Terra Infirma (June 3, 2004)
Ship to shore

Most Recent Common Ancestors (June 25, 2004)
Eve, Charlemagne, and you

Absinthe (July 12, 2004)
The tale of the Green Fairy

The Conservatoire des Arts et Métiers (August 2, 2004)
How a Paris abbey became a science museum

The Story of Phineas Gage (August 5, 2004)
Brain damage and personality

Rise of the Bagel (August 6, 2004)
The hole truth

Neuschwanstein Castle (August 16, 2004)
King Ludwig II's tribute to Wagner

Herrenchiemsee Castle (August 18, 2004)
King Ludwig II's island retreat

Body-Based Units of Measurement (August 23, 2004)
Size matters in more ways than one

Decimal Time (August 25, 2004)
Solutions for people who need 100 hours in a day

The Equation of Time (August 27, 2004)
When what you mean is not apparent

The Handshake (September 3, 2004)
Coming to grips with gestures of greeting

Bahasa Indonesia (September 17, 2004)
The complex story of a simple language

The Globe Theatre (September 19, 2004)
Shakespeare's ideal venue, then and now

The Story of Doughnuts (September 21, 2004)
The truth, the hole truth…

Demosthenes' Stones (September 26, 2004)
Improving your diction, Athenian style

Piñatas (October 1, 2004)
History of a breakthrough

Pastrami (October 2, 2004)
Cure for the common deli

The Great Clock of Westminster (October 27, 2004)
Big Ben and beyond

Sarlat La Canéda (November 1, 2004)
Time travel, French style

Bodie, California (November 2, 2004)
The liveliest ghost town in the West

Oradour-sur-Glane (November 3, 2004)
Ghost of a massacred French village

Foucault's Pendulum (November 8, 2004)
Low-tech proof of Earth's rotation

Charlie and His Orchestra (November 10, 2004)
Swing music as Nazi propaganda

The Trapeze (November 12, 2004)
How Jules Léotard revolutionized the circus

The Yo-Yo (November 13, 2004)
Giving an old toy a new spin

New Orleans Walking Tours (November 16, 2004)
Ghosts, vampires, and history

Salzbergwerk Berchtesgaden (November 28, 2004)
Mining salt in Bavaria

The Color Purple (November 29, 2004)
Shades of royalty and mythology

The Wieliczka Salt Mine (December 3, 2004)
Underground city of salt

Halcyon Days (December 14, 2004)
Why tranquility is for the birds

Mincemeat (December 20, 2004)
The dessert that eats like a meal

Folk Etymology (December 22, 2004)
Lazing your way to a bigger vocabulary

Hymir's Cauldron (December 27, 2004)
Thor's goblet-throwing prize

The Invention of the Wheel (December 30, 2004)
The best thing until sliced bread

Cleopatra's Wager (December 31, 2004)
The most expensive meal in history

Origin of the Trophy Cup (January 1, 2005)
Handing it to the winner

The Tunnels of Moose Jaw (January 8, 2005)
Underground legends

Sutro Baths (January 16, 2005)
Diving into the past

The Thinker (January 18, 2005)
The story behind Rodin's famous sculpture

Palacio Barolo (January 19, 2005)
The divine office building

The Battle of Dunkirk (January 21, 2005)
Triumph of His Majesty's Bathtub Navy

Introduction to Patagonia (January 23, 2005)
The great southern frontier

The Legend of Deolinda Correa (January 26, 2005)
Unofficial saint of the desert

Groundhog Day (February 2, 2005)
The strange ritual of marmot meteorology

Saint Bernards (February 3, 2005)
Rescuing the rescuers

New Orleans Cemeteries (February 7, 2005)
Cities of the dead

Legends of Tierra del Fuego (February 22, 2005)
The incredible shrinking southern continent

Extinction of the Yámana (February 24, 2005)
The end of the race at the end of the world

Cueva de las Manos (February 25, 2005)
Ancient spray-painted art in Patagonia

The Stone Balls of Costa Rica (March 8, 2005)
Mystery spheres as lawn ornaments

Alcatraz (March 9, 2005)
Fact and fiction on The Rock

Petra (March 10, 2005)
The city of stone

Anabaptism (March 13, 2005)
The third way of Christianity

Père-Lachaise Cemetery (March 15, 2005)
Final resting place of Paris's rich and famous

Mouth Music (March 16, 2005)
Music without instruments

St. Patrick (March 17, 2005)
The man and the myths

The Sinking City of Venice (March 21, 2005)
Atlantis redux

The Oak Island Mystery (March 23, 2005)
Nova Scotia's notorious money pit

Weather Station Kurt (March 27, 2005)
Nazi weather forecasts from Canada

Raku (April 6, 2005)
Zen and the art of tea bowls

Murano Glass (April 8, 2005)
The mirror of Venice

The Toast (April 13, 2005)
Here's to the ritual of raised glasses

The Bavarian Purity Law (April 14, 2005)
Beer and tradition

The Voynich Manuscript (April 17, 2005)
Cryptography's holy grail

Dead Media (April 19, 2005)
Preserving past communication for the future

Mail Recovery Centers (April 21, 2005)
Undead letter offices

Optical Telegraphs (April 22, 2005)
18th century wireless telecommunications

Safety Coffins (April 23, 2005)
The fact and fiction of dead ringers

Clepsydras (April 26, 2005)
Watching time flow with water clocks

The Longitude Problem (April 27, 2005)
Finding your way around the world with a watch

The Antikythera Mechanism (April 28, 2005)
Computer from ancient Greece

Leap Seconds (April 29, 2005)
Time keeps on slippin'

The Crypt of Civilization (April 30, 2005)
Museum in a time capsule

The Paperclip (May 1, 2005)
The twisted tale of paper's best friend

Bakelite (May 2, 2005)
The Plastic Age

House of the Future (May 3, 2005)
Disneyland's 1957 all-plastic house

The Wet Collodion Process (May 6, 2005)
Developing a better negative

The Story of Toilet Paper (May 7, 2005)
What goes around, comes around

The Pont d'Avignon (May 8, 2005)
Miracle bridge to nowhere

The Autogyro (May 10, 2005)
Taking the proto-helicopter for a spin

The 1715 Spanish Plate Fleet (May 11, 2005)
Disaster on the Treasure Coast

Leonardo's Robots (May 12, 2005)
Renaissance man meets mechanical man

Passenger Pigeons (May 13, 2005)
The great American extinction

Tableware Taboos (May 20, 2005)
Civilizing Mealtime

Optical Painters' Aids (May 21, 2005)
A matter of perspective

Emperor Norton (May 26, 2005)
Monarch of San Francisco

Highgate Cemetery (June 2, 2006)
Toto, I don't think we're in London anymore

Llívia (June 12, 2006)
A little piece of Spain in France

Pontcysyllte Aqueduct (June 21, 2006)
Engineering marvel of the Canal Age

Project Habakkuk (June 26, 2006)
Building aircraft carriers out of ice

The Nazca Lines (July 5, 2006)
Peru's mysterious geoglyphs

Radio Call Letters (July 10, 2006)
Minding your K's and W's

E Clampus Vitus (August 2, 2006)
Brotherhood of the absurd

Saint-Pierre & Miquelon (August 7, 2006)
France’s North American territory

Polywater (August 9, 2006)
The new form of water that almost was

Doble Steam Cars (September 1, 2006)
The steam engine's last stand

The Swedish Ship Götheborg (September 13, 2006)
Rebuilding history

Micronations (September 20, 2006)
Starting your own country

The Dalahäst (September 25, 2006)
Symbol of Sweden

Teatro La Fenice (October 2, 2006)
The phoenix of Venice

Guédelon Castle (October 25, 2006)
History in the making

Sears Modern Homes (November 13, 2006)
Ordering houses by mail

Skara Brae (November 20, 2006)
House of sand and rock

Mystery Park (December 1, 2006)
The theme park that aliens built

Pitcairn Island (December 4, 2006)
Haven for homeless mutineers

Portmeirion (December 15, 2006)
The Folly of Sir Clough Williams-Ellis

Ethogeology (February 13, 2007)
Animals as seismographs

The Wallace Line (February 23, 2007)
Evolution and continental drift

Tulipomania (April 6, 2007)
The quest for the perfect tulip

The Woodwose (April 18, 2007)
Bigfoot's European cousin

The Discovery of Radium (January 30, 2008)
Marie Curie's miracle cure

The Unknown Woman of the Seine (March 19, 2008)
Breathing new life into a mystery