Over or under? This is the question that has plagued the Western world since the invention of modern toilet paper. It was in 1857 that New York-based inventor Joseph C. Gayetty developed the first packaged variety to be made widely available in the U.S. However, it wasn’t until 1871 that perforated rolls of toilet paper were invented.
Do you read your horoscope every morning? Or are you obsessed with star sign compatibility?
When we think of the ancient Romans, monuments like the Colosseum spring to mind.
Here today, gone tomorrow. This sentiment is key to a philosophy known as memento mori, where one embraces rather than fears death. It was a concept explored heavily in the history of art, from 16th-century still-life paintings to Baroque tomb sculptures. Eventually, it even made its way into timepieces as watches were popularized. Skull cases, which open to expose a watch, were particularly popular from the 17th century onward.
Photography has a long history. Today, most people shoot with their smartphone or DSLR cameras with high megapixel counts.
While we've seen ships overrun by nature before, it's usually been due to a shipwreck.
The history of scent is largely ephemeral. After all, the aromas of pressed lilies from the Nile banks or the precious ambergris, once worth more than gold, are hard to imagine if you've never smelled these rarities. While the scent of these delicate perfume ingredients vanishes with time, countless examples of exquisite perfume bottles and containers remain to remind us of the history of the most-neglected sense.
Between 1845 and 1852, the potato crop in Ireland failed and caused what became known as the Great Famine.
The ancient city of Pompeii is one of the most fascinating archaeological sites in the world.
Have you heard of the Harvard Computers? No, not the Apple computers in the iconic Widener Library on Harvard's Cambridge campus. The Harvard Computers were a group of pioneering and under-appreciated women researchers who worked at the Harvard College Observatory in the late 19th and early 20th century. Edward Charles Pickering, the male director of the observatory, began hiring women to crunch numbers in his quest to document all of the stars in the sky.
The start of the 20th century marked the advent of popular personal photography.
On a hill overlooking Paris lies the neighborhood of Montmartre.