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The curious history of the fork. Source: TATIANA / Adobe Stock

Forks Were Once Seen as Blasphemous and Effeminate

You may not know it, but the fork is a relatively new invention, especially when comparing it to the spoon and the knife. So much so, that it only became popular in the United States in the 19th...
Detail of an etching of Manetto, who was pranked by Filippo Brunelleschi, from The Fat Woodworker. Source: Public domain

Filippo Brunelleschi and his Remarkable Renaissance Prank

Everyone loves a good, harmless prank. This was especially true for Filippo Brunelleschi, a Florentine man who famously got back at his friend for having failed to show up at a dinner party in...
New website showing digitized medieval children’s books launched by the British Library Source: Pb / Adobe Stock.

Medieval Book Tells Kids Don’t Pick Your Ears or Nostrils!

A new British Library website presenting collections of books from the British Library, Seven Stories, Bodleian Libraries, and the V&A includes manuscripts by Lewis Carroll and Jacqueline Wilson...