It’s Made From People! The Various Ways We Make Products out of Humans

Cannibalism isn’t what it used to be – some people believe free range humans should be on the menu! Companies explore human food and services opportunities.

Oath of Silence Protects Amazing 500-Year-Old Diving Bell Used to Visit Sunken Roman Vessels

A vow of silence has protected the mystery behind an ingenious invention for nearly 500 years. The secrets behind an amazing diving bell, a technical marvel which allowed men to stay underwater for hours at a time, might predate others by 200 years.

The Devastating and Diabolical Ancient Origins of Biological Warfare

History paints a bleak picture of the devastating effects that disease, contamination, or poison can have on humans. Mankind has harassed biological weapons, and used them against enemies since prehistoric times – with deadly results.

Hereford Mappa Mundi: Legendary Cities, Monstrous Races, and Curious Beasts in a Single World Map

The tangled and strange illustrations of the Hereford Mappa Mundi reflect a medieval understanding of the known and the supernatural world at the time. It depicts the human world of men, cities and seas, and entire bestiaries of horrifying mythical creatures and marvelous cultures of distant lands.

Spectacular Peruvian Rope Bridge, last of its kind, carries forward tradition of the Inca

Every year, communities in Peru carry out an ancient tradition that stems back to the age of the Incan Civilization. Considered a sacred expression of ritual, history and renewal, Peruvians annually spend three days weaving the Q’eswachaka rope bridge to cross one of the many gaps in the ancient Incan road system. The bridge is the last of its kind.

The Bloody History of a Waxworks Museum: Madame Tussaud and Her Eerie Creations

  Many people delight in the spectacle of wax museums. Others cringe and feel uneasy around the unmoving, but uncannily lifelike figures. Wax museums, sometimes called waxworks, display collections of wax sculptures molded to portray historical figures, royalty, celebrities, and other notable individuals. Some museums will feature a “Chamber of Horrors,” showcasing heinous criminals orContinue reading “The Bloody History of a Waxworks Museum: Madame Tussaud and Her Eerie Creations”

Art, Meds, and Fuel—The Surprising Historical Uses of Ancient Mummies

Mummies, unlike other human remains, are even now regarded as special, exciting artifacts. However, it was not too long ago that mummies were used in unconventional ways—as drugs, as entertainment, and perhaps even as fuel.

Witches’ Familiars, Spirit Guardians and Demons

The concept of magical spirit creatures has resonated throughout history in creation myths, tribal traditions and religions, but only recently have familiars been re-imagined as evil or dangerous.

Poison: The Good, the Bad and the Deadly

For thousands of years poisons have been both a deadly threat and a protective tool used around the world. Poisons have played a dominant role in our history and legends, persisting both as evil potions and curative antidotes. Vital medicines we rely on today have roots in the diabolical concoctions of antiquity. Poisons are characterizedContinue reading “Poison: The Good, the Bad and the Deadly”

Sooty Donkeys and Dry Rice: The Truth About Lie Detection in Ancient and Modern Times

Humans have told truths and lies throughout all of history. We stretch the truth for various reasons. We sometimes spin little white lies of convenience, and big, catastrophic lies that shake civilizations. We lie in order to avoid consequences, humiliation, and to please others. As a matter of survival it’s been important to tell liesContinue reading “Sooty Donkeys and Dry Rice: The Truth About Lie Detection in Ancient and Modern Times”