Brian Gottesman is a lawyer in Wilmington, DE. In addition to his work with mental_floss, Brian is the creator of Saga, an upcoming comic book series set in Viking-Age Norway, Scotland and Iceland published by Archaia Comics.
Most people have some passing familiarity with Norse mythology and legend. Even the days of our modern week are named after its gods and goddesses. But there is a dark side to the Nordic mythos that few people are aware of. Some of the episodes described below reveal uncomfortable truths about the cosmos. Some exhibit the jaundiced eye with which the Norse viewed life and death. And some are just gross.
1. A world made by... READ ON
There are plenty of things even the most ardent fans don't know about John Ronald Reuel Tolkien.... READ ON
In Japan, letting a sumo wrestler make your baby cry is considered good luck.