Anne Wimmer

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A Filthy History: When New Yorkers Lived Knee-Deep in Trash

It’s tempting to think of sacred tombs and ancient monuments as our best window into other cultures. But archaeologists have long known that if you …

The Passionate Photo Colorizers Who Are Humanizing the Past

When black-and-white images can be hard to relate to, adding color evokes empathy.<p>Last week, a striking image circulated online: a grainy triptych of …

D Day

The Duke of Cumberland and his valet: a bloody tale of attempted murder

In the early hours of a May morning in 1810, blood-curdling cries came from the darkened bedchamber of the Duke of Cumberland. The duke – who was the …

Murder, conspiracy and execution: six centuries of scandalous royal deaths

From the public execution of Charles I to the unsolved mystery of the Princes in the Tower, dozens of British royals died in suspicious or shocking …

The history of the 'ideal' woman and where that has left us

<b>(CNN) —</b> Hidden in the halls of the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York are historic textiles and glamorous garments, many of which hold secrets from years past.<p>Yet no matter how aesthetically unique or historically significant a particular piece of fashion may be, most visitors to the …

Artists

Spookiest ghost stories from around the UK which left people terrified

We're testing a new site: This content is coming soon<p>Read More<p>Ghost Stories<p>'Ghost of Churchill' photographed<p>Spirit of girl tried for WITCHCRAFT<p>Is …

Ghost Stories

Ghost stories: Sleeping in England's most haunted bedroom

As All Hallows approaches, Roger Clarke relays his night of terror in England's most haunted bedroom<p>I have in front of me a disintegrating book inscribed by my late father on 22nd April 1974. It would have been Easter and I would have been ten years old, home briefly from a barely heated prep …

Paranormal

Canadian soldiers embraced the 'supernatural, uncanny and ghostly' on the front lines, historian says

One of Canada’s top military historians has published the first serious study of the First World War’s eeriest phenomena: frontline soldiers’ …

Gettysburg Encounters: Real Encounters With Civil War Soldiers

Terrifying Reports From One of America's Most Haunted Places<p>Gettysburg, a town in Pennsylvania, is one of the most haunted areas in the United …

Sunken Spirits? Divers Share True Tales of Underwater Ghosts

<b>Spooky stories abound about spirits in gloomy castles and crumbling, old mansions, but tales of underwater ghosts are far less common. However, they</b> …

Found a ghost! How SPR found a ghost in a Victorian ghost hunt

“Rumour is going about that the Psychical Society has at last found a ghost.”<p>The Society for Psychical Research, one of Britain’s longest running …

Amazing 15 Scariest Haunted Hiking Trails In The U.S

In the mood for a hike this weekend? Check out this list of the scariest hiking places in the U.S. Hopefully one is in your area! (Make sure to pack …

Who Was the Most Powerful Woman in Ancient History?

As the #MeToo movement takes center stage, we asked historians to look to the past for lessons from powerful women.<p>From politics to the Oscars, the #MeToo movement is spotlighting the nature of women’s relationship to power. Why are traditional positions of power still closed to so many? How do …

20 Bizarre Beasts From Ancient Bestiaries

The first true bestiaries—exhaustive anthologies of the natural world—appeared in Ancient Greece. Originally, they were just a means of cataloguing …

12 Facts about Fyodor Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment

In Fyodor Dostoevsky’s 1866 novel, a former student named Raskolnikov plans and perpetrates a savage murder in order to test his theory that he is an …

15 Facts About Leif Erikson

Leif Erikson's foray into North America began over a thousand years ago—long before Columbus's 1492 journey. Read on to find out more about the …

A Modern Controversy Over Ancient Homosexuality

In 1980, a gay historian’s book about Catholic Church-approved homosexuality enraged both gays and Catholics.<p>It might have been the first academic …

Emily Lloyd-Jones' Debut YA Novel "Illusive" Is "X-Men Meets Oceans Eleven"

YA author Emily Lloyd-Jones swung by with a pie bribe earlier last month so we could have a chat about her debut novel, "Illusive," coming out on 15 July.<p>Ciere Giba is among a small minority of the population who ends up with superpowers after the administration of a vaccine that apparently had a …

Writing

How Defective Guns Became the Only Product That Can’t Be Recalled

Thomas “Bud” Brown makes his way out the back door and stops a few steps to the right, raising a trembling arm, pointing at something. It’s where he …

Guns

Dramatic Whale Hunts Depicted in Ancient Rock Art

The paintings match historical artifacts that suggest hunters set out on small boats with makeshift harpoons.<p>Using makeshift harpoons and rafts, a hunter spears a large whale.<p>It would have been a welcome kill for hunter-gatherers living in one of the world's driest regions, Chile's Atacama Desert, …

How the Woman Who Found a Leprosy Treatment Was Almost Lost to History

The daughter of daguerreotype pioneers, Alice Ball used her passion for chemistry to develop an injection that stayed in use for 20 years.<p>In 1916, Harry T. Hollmann, an assistant surgeon at Kalihi Hospital in Hawaii, had a problem he needed to solve.<p>Kalihi was among a handful of facilities in …

Mazie Hirono

The Cato Street Conspiracy

At 7.45 am on May 1st 1820, Arthur Thistlewood, James Ings, James Brunt, William Davidson and Richard Tidd stepped on to the scaffold newly erected …

Lives Laid Bare: Celebrity, Death and the Georgian Auction

In her 1782 novel <i>Cecilia</i>, Frances Burney sends her eponymous young heroine to a London auction. Such sales were hugely popular in Georgian England …

Anger: An American History

WHERE, many have asked these last weeks, do the rhetorical fireballs — the raging suspicion and rabid xenophobia — come from? Barring people from our shores, Paul Ryan reminds us, is “not what this country stands for.” Emma Lazarus would have agreed. But while the demonizing may sound un-American, …

New England

The Origins of Intolerance in America

In the last few weeks, the alarming rise of vitriolic anti-immigrant, xenophobic rhetoric from the right wing has alarmed a large segment of the American people, but equally disturbing is how much support these noxious views are getting from the public. After the civil rights achievements of the …

Pew Research Center

America’s True History of Religious Tolerance

Wading into the controversy surrounding an Islamic center planned for a site near New York City’s Ground Zero memorial this past August, President …

The Tragic Story of Joanna the Mad

<b>The Tragic Story of Joanna the Mad</b><p>By Fernando Espi Forcen<p><i>The Journal of Humanistic Psychiatry</i>, Vol. 2:2 (2014)<p>Joanna depicted by Charles de Steuben …

Medieval

German woman on trial for neo-Nazi murders breaks silence over attacks

Beate Zschäpe tells Munich court she was not involved in attacks by the National Socialist Underground but she regretted failing to prevent them<p>A woman accused of being the only surviving member of a murderous German neo-Nazi cell that remained undetected for over a decade, has broken her silence …

Crime

The 25 greatest British novels

BBC Culture contributor Jane Ciabattari polled 82 book critics from outside the UK, to pick Britain’s best novels ever – this is what some had to say about the top choices.<p>What are the greatest British novels ever written? In search of a collective critical assessment, BBC Culture contributor Jane …

Literature

America’s First Birth Control Clinic

In 1916, contraceptives and information about them were considered obscene, and as such it was illegal to send them through the postal system. Their …

Library of Congress