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 […]
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 […]
Stories of Atlantis have entertained people since Plato wrote of it in 360 BCE. There are those who would argue that Atlantis was a real place. They claim that Plato was writing a history, but few know of the Greek city of Helike which may have inspired Plato’s story.
From 535-536 CE, crops around the globe refused to produce. People from many cultures wrote of that year having droughts and strange weather. It was the year the Sun was darkened by volcanic dust.
Every culture that celebrates the holiday of Christmas celebrates in a different way. Many are very similar to each other, but on occasion there is a tradition that seems to boggle the mind even more. In Catalan tradition, the “Christmas Log” defecates the children’s presents on Christmas.
During the early 16th century, the Spanish arrived in Mexico for the first time. One of the eventual goals of the Spanish was to enlighten the local populations with tales from the Catholic church. This goal, as it turns out, was not as cut-and-dry as they had hoped it would be. In fact, a strange […]
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, […]
Many people know that on the eve of December 25th, a man in a red suit travels down chimneys to leave presents for good boys and girls. But what about the bad children?