His innovative alphabet brought literacy to a nation.
It’s often said the dreidel was a way Jewish people communicated their faith during ancient times of oppression. But the Hanukkah game is actually a lot more recent.
November has been proclaimed Native American Heritage Month for more than 30 years, but the movement to honor Indigenous cultures started long before that.
A brief history of landau bars.
The Great Flood of 1889 killed more than 2000 people, swept away 1600 homes, and caused $17 million in damage. And it wasn’t the last time Johnstown would flood.
"Bitter Bierce" had a sharp sense of humor. It may have gotten him killed.
Whether you call it Mischief Night, Devil's Night, or something else, it all means one thing: wanton destruction of property.
In Latin America, el Día de los Muertos is a celebration of life and death, and an invitation for the deceased to return home once again to those who love them.
When it comes to superstitions about bad luck, indoor umbrellas are right up there with broken mirrors and black cats.
Lawn darts were banned in 1988, but not before seriously injuring many children and killing at least one.
Gustav Klimt’s ‘The Kiss’ is a deceptively simple portrait of lust and love. But beyond that glittery gold leaf, the work is full of fascinating facts.
Novelists have used everything from real killers to newsworthy hostage situations to literal white whales to craft their fiction.
The Backstreet Boys’ 1999 smash “I Want It That Way,” which celebrates its 25th anniversary in April 2024, is among the definitive songs—if not the definitive song—of the ’90s teen-pop explosion.
It’s more than ice and polar bears.
‘New York Times’ restaurant critic Pete Wells once said the humble bacon, egg, and cheese was “designed to satisfy practical needs rather than voluptuary desires.“ But is that selling the sandwich short?
Even if you can’t appreciate this masterpiece's aesthetic, it has a history that’s worth its weight in house paint and stacks of cash.
Turning into a werewolf was a popular pastime in 16th-century France.
From Elvis Presley wearing a velvet suit to meet Richard Nixon to the migrant mother who unwittingly became the face of the Great Depression, these are the true stories behind a few iconic photographs from history.
It took more than 70 years and tons of volunteer labor to create “the definitive record of the English language”—including an assist from a murderer. Get to know the Oxford English Dictionary better.
Here’s how a wave of mysterious deaths in the late 1970s and early 1980s among Southeast Asian refugees living in America inspired Wes Craven to pen his 1984 horror classic, “A Nightmare on Elm Street.”
Technically, only the figures that function as water spouts are actual gargoyles.