The Man with Two Faces

Listen to this article: 1896, the medical encyclopedia¬†Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine was published. Within the tome, was a description of one Edward Mordake. He lived in complete seclusion, refusing the visits even of the members of his own family. He was a young man of fine attainments, a profound scholar, and a musician of […]

The Yule Lads

Listen to this article: For the thirteen nights leading up to Christmas, Icelandic children expect visits from the Yule Lads. One Yule Lad visits each night to leave gifts to the good children and rotten potatoes to the naughty children. Unlike Santa, there is no breaking and entering involved as the gifts are left on […]

By Your Own Bootstraps

Listen to this article: Let’s say you are struggling to get by and you go to a friend for advice. Instead of receiving any tips, you are greeted with, “Well, you need to pull yourself up by your own bootstraps.” This is a non-helpful and fairly nonsensical phrase, like “You can fly if you just […]