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When Bowling Was a Sport Reserved for Royalty

Lauren Young

King Henry VIII of England in the 1500s famously banned commoners from participating in bowling.


Remembering Nüshu, the 19th Century Chinese Script Only Women Could Write

Lauren Young

This gender-specific practice continues to fade with time.


The Female Space Sculptor Who Designed the Earliest Space and Aviation Helmets

Lauren Young

Alice King Chatham's name is attached to some of the world's most pivotal aviation and space experiments.


The First Female Doctor in Britain Spent 56 Years Disguised as a Man

Lauren Young

James Barry's true identity was a military secret for nearly a century.


Tokyo's Vibrant, Adorable Taxi Signs Are Disappearing

Lauren Young

Neon puppies, cherry blossoms, frogs, and lucky cats.


In 1562, Map-Makers Thought America Was Full of Mermaids, Giants and Dragons

Lauren Young

Sea serpents, cannibals and one of the earliest mentions of California are features of this spectacular map.


The Legendary Chinese Poison Made by Forcing Snakes, Scorpions and Centipedes to Fight

Lauren Young

‘Gu’ was a mythological substance born from fear, with a dramatic backstory.


What Happens When Crowds Try To Flee For Their Lives

Lauren Young

Researchers study past tragedies to try and prevent them in the future.

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