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Ancient Roman Socks

These magnificently preserved socks date back to Roman Egypt, c. 250-420 A.D. Are they designed for two-toed people? Not quite: The big toe divided from the others suggest that the socks were probably meant to be worn with sandals. It is unclear whether the socks formed offerings to the dead or were used as foot coverings. [...]

The Cafe from Hell

The place above is Le Cafe de L’Enfer, or the Cafe from Hell. This is what Curious History has to say about it: This cavern of writhing demon statues is Le Cafe de L’Enfer (The Cafe from Hell) in Paris’ red light district (aka Pigalle, the neighborhood of the Moulin Rouge). It opened in the late [...]

The Bonnacon’s Primary Defense Was a Powerful One

According to medieval legend, the land that is modern day Macedonia was home to a ferocious beast. The bonnacon, when attacked, could spray extremely caustic excrement at a range of 291 feet. Medieval naturalists often relied on this description by Roman author Pliny the Elder: In Pæonia, it is said, there is a wild animal known [...]