Tag «TED-Ed»

The world’s most mysterious book – Stephen Bax

The world’s most mysterious book – Stephen Bax

Deep inside Yale University’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library lies the only copy of a 240-page tome. Recently carbon dated to around 1420, its vellum pages features looping handwriting and hand-drawn images seemingly stolen from a dream. Real and imaginary plants, floating castles, bathing women, astrology diagrams, zodiac rings, and suns and moons with …

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” …

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 …

A brie(f) history of cheese – Paul Kindstedt

A brie(f) history of cheese – Paul Kindstedt

Before empires and royalty, before pottery and writing, before metal tools and weapons – there was cheese. As early as 8000 BCE, the earliest Neolithic farmers living in the Fertile Crescent began a legacy of cheesemaking almost as old as civilization itself. The rise of agriculture led to domesticated sheep and goats, which ancient farmers …

History vs. Genghis Khan – Alex Gendler

History vs. Genghis Khan – Alex Gendler

He was one of the most fearsome warlords who ever lived, waging an unstoppable conquest across the Eurasian continent. But was Genghis Khan a vicious barbarian or a unifier who paved the way for the modern world? We’ll see in “History vs. Genghis Khan.” “Order, order. Now who’s the defendant today? Khan!” “I see Your …