In 1642, as a wave of sin swept over the nearly prosperous colony of Plymouth, a man named Thomas Granger entered the history books in the most ignoble way imaginable.
Many of my family and friends look back on the region's cultural glory days of the 50s and 60s with longing—but that era also contained the seeds of terror, war, and sectarianism.
Remembering the UK's favorite madam, Cynthia Payne.
This should surprise no one.
The annual haunt at Knott's Berry Farm is the oldest of any Halloween theme park event. The Green Witch has been there since 1973, slinking through the crowds and scaring people shitless.
How an experimental asthma remedy became one of the world's most feared drugs.
It's time we take a minute to look at what this guy did wrong, some of which was pretty racist.
Nearly 15 years ago at a diner in Texas, linguistics professor Hans Boas recognized a dialect of German he'd never heard before. It was Texas German. In a few decades, it will be extinct.
In 1310, Roger the Navel-Fucker was banned from Chester County.
The Wende Museum houses a treasure trove of more than 100,000 objects from the former Eastern Bloc, ranging from Stasi audio tapes to East German household cleaning products.
John Higgs's new book details the pivotal but underappreciated points in one of history's most important centuries.
Lin-Manuel Miranda's new Broadway play, Hamilton: An American Musical, is inventive, educational, and also really, really good.
This is a very weird snapshot of German and American history.
Hitchbot is dead, but robo-murder is nothing new.
To get a sense of the fear around HIV/AIDS in the 1980s, we spoke to Professor Suzanne Crowe, who co-established Australia's first specialist clinic.
Historian Brian Balogh explains whether a Trump administration would really be the doomsday scenario it sounds like.
The famously addictive game's everlasting conflict presents us with an accurate portrait of who, and what, we are.
Ahead of this year's memorial event, we visited the town where Bosnian Serb forces killed 8,000 Muslim men and boys in 1995.
A two-part television series that concluded on the ABC last night took some tentative steps towards lifting the lid of Australia's shameful past.
A new paper from Dr. Powel Kazanjian theorizes that the famous Plague of Athens was caused by the same virus that has decimated West Africa in recent years.
If you think funny folk have it rough today, consider that comedians in the mid 1900s were jailed, fined, sued, and harassed for the offensive things they said during performances.
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission challenges readers to see how non-Aboriginal Canadians benefited from 120 years of residential school policy.
An excerpt from the novelist's astonishing new book about a failed writer and an eccentric billionaire, both named Joshua Cohen, in the internet age.