Joined: Oct 21, 2020
Keith Johnston is a historian specializing in the 18th century. His research has appeared in both academic and general interest publications, and was once the subject of chatter on Slate’s Political Gabfest.
16 Hockey Slang Terms You Should Know
8 Creative Ways People Kept Cool Before Air Conditioning
17 Baseball Slang Terms You Should Know
11 Facts About 'Titanic' Survivor J. Bruce Ismay
J. Bruce Ismay’s life was changed in an instant. At 1:40 a.m. on April 15, 1912, sporting pajamas under a suit and topcoat, with slippers on his feet, the chair
11 Unusual Victorian New Year's Traditions
For many Victorians, parties, dancing, and festive spirits were staples of New Year’s celebrations. Yet there were many other odd, quaint, and charming customs that for the most part are no longer with us.
14 Words for Winter From Around the World
Take a moment to enjoy the advent of the colder months by curling up with these 14 words for winter from around the world.
11 Odd Victorian Christmas Traditions
Many Victorian Christmas traditions inspired our holiday rituals today. But some odd ones, like playing snap-dragon and other dangerous parlor games, are no longer common.
The Origins of 11 Historical Gang Names
If you’re a fan of the TV show 'Peaky Blinders,' you already know that historical gangs could get very creative with their names. Here’s how 11 other creatively-named gangs came up with their monikers.
11 of the Strangest Plots Hatched by the CIA
Over the years, your tax dollars have gone toward Osama bin Laden action figures, reconnaissance pigeons, psychedelic drugs, and some homemade porn.
11 of the Worst Pieces of Diet Advice From History
History has seen an assortment of colorful kooks, quacks, and snake oil salesmen who tried to convince the public they could smoke, chew, or drug themselves to a thinner physique.
20 Latin Insults You Should Know
Despite its reputation as a learned language of science, religion, and philosophy, ancient Latin was in fact a rough-and-ready language full of strikingly frank insults designed to cut to the bone.
30 Delightful Puns From the Victorian Era
Here are 30 hilarious—or hilariously bad—Victorian era conundrum puns that might make you the best-guessed guest at your next bash.
Shizo Kanakuri, the Japanese Olympian Who "Vanished" Midrace and Crossed the Finish Line 54 Years Later
After Shizo Kanakuri pulled out of a race during the 1912 Olympics, he unintentionally became mythologized as the “Japanese who vanished.”
11 Odd Bits of Victorian Sex Advice
Victorians had many manuals and advice books that discuss sex with surprising frankness. Here are 11 bits of Victorian sex wisdom—good, bad, and otherwise—published between 1837 and 1901.
11 Poems Inspired By Movies
Poems have helped to create some of the most poignant scenes in movies—think of W.H. Auden’s "Funeral Blues" in 'Four Weddings and a Funeral,' or Elizabeth Bishop’s "One Art" in 'In Her Shoes.' Movies, in turn, have inspired some spectacular poems.