I Am King Tut (Pharaoh Tutankhamun)

Here I lie, The strong bull, pleasing of birth, the one of perfect laws, who wears the crown and pleases the gods, lord of all… now dead. After bearing witness to only eighteen floodings of the live giving sacred waters of the Nile, I am laid to rest in my tomb with the objects that […]

10 Birth Control Methods From History

Our ancestors tried and tested a whole variety of methods to prevent pregnancy. From animal intestine condoms, to bleach douching, to crocodile dung spermicide, here are 10 Horrifying Birth Control Methods From History that you definitely shouldn’t try at home. 10. LEMON DIAPHRAGM When life gives you lemons, put them up your vagina… Well, that’s […]

Weird History of Birth Control and Contraception

Since people have been engaging in sexual activities, they have been hoping to be able to in some way control or prevent pregnancy. This has led to some questionable if not flat out dangerous innovations. From animal poop and intestines, to honey and stones, to mercury and even tortoise shells, from ancient times on people […]

The Real Reason Cleopatra Killed Herself

In the annals of world history the story of Cleopatra VII stands among the most fascinating tales ever told. Admired for her divine beauty and her unconquerable intelligence, as well as famous for her relationships with the Roman generals Mark Antony and Julius Caesar, the name Cleopatra is forever written into the fabric of the […]

Weird Pregnancy Tests

Nowadays, if a women thinks she may have a bun in the oven, it only takes ten bucks and a couple of minutes to get an answer from the privacy of her own bathroom. But it wasn’t always so. Back in the day, people used everything from barley to bunnies to predict pregnancy— often with […]

How to make a mummy – Len Bloch

Death and taxes are famously inevitable, but what about decomposition? As anyone who’s seen a mummy knows, ancient Egyptians went to a lot of trouble to evade decomposition. So, how successful were they? Living cells constantly renew themselves. Specialized enzymes decompose old structures, and the raw materials are used to build new ones. But what […]

How do pregnancy tests work? – Tien Nguyen

The earliest known pregnancy test dates back to 1350 BC in Ancient Egypt. According to the Egyptians, all you have to do is urinate on wheat and barley seeds, and wait. If either sprouts, congratulations, you’re pregnant! And if wheat sprouts faster, it’s a girl, but if barley, it’s a boy. In 1963, a small […]