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How to Cater a Roman Orgy

The house in which the alleged orgy ostensibly occurred. Drawing by Nan Swift, Improbable Research staff. By Corky White Professor of Anthropology Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts, USA As a very young caterer in the late 1970s, I learned lessons the hard way every day. I catered for people who knew their food, and so I tried to make things [...]

A Brief History of Christmas Tree Lights

Like Bert and Ernie or pork and fennel, Christmas trees and lights were made for each other. But how did stringing up a few hundred twinkling lights on a pine tree become a normal part of Christmas merrymaking? Make Like a Tree and Get in the House Well, it all started with the pagans. The ritual use [...]