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A brief history of cannibalism – Bill Schutt

A brief history of cannibalism – Bill Schutt

15th century Europeans believed they had hit upon a miracle cure: a remedy for epilepsy, hemorrhage, bruising, nausea, and virtually any other medical ailment. This brown powder could be mixed into drinks, made into salves or eaten straight up. It was known as mumia and made by grinding up mummified human flesh. The word “cannibal” …

Thoth’s Pill – an Animated History of Writing

Thoth’s Pill – an Animated History of Writing

Writing. Reading. Typing. Texting. Written language is just one of those things that’s always been around. It’s a natural way for you to use words. It’s a given. But there’s something you’ve forgotten. It’s understandable. After all, it’s been a very long time. A long time since no one on the planet knew how to …

The myth of Pandora’s box – Iseult Gillespie

The myth of Pandora’s box – Iseult Gillespie

Curiosity: a blessing, or a curse? The paradoxical nature of this trait was personified for the ancient Greeks in the mythical figure of Pandora. According to legend, she was the first mortal woman, whose blazing curiosity set a chain of earth-shattering events in motion. Pandora was breathed into being by Hephaestus, God of fire, who …

Genghis Khan – Greatest Conqueror Ever?

Genghis Khan – Greatest Conqueror Ever?

To the Chinese he was the barbarian scourge born from the wastes. To the Europeans he was a demonic servant, leading a “detestable nation of Satan that poured like devils from Tartarus”. To human history though he was one of the greatest warlords in history. We’re talking of course, about Genghis Khan. Genghis Khan was …