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 […]

Tiger’s Nest Monastery

A Himalayan-Buddhist legend tells the tale of the guru Padmasambhava. After flying on a tiger to the cliffs of Paro Valley (today in Bhutan) he meditated until transforming into eight incarnated forms. The cliffs became a holy place and his reincarnated form built a temple in 1692; hanging from the cliffs themselves. While this tale is enchanting, […]