I pity you, you phrenological fool!

Phrenologists! Mr T feels sorry for you!

In the early nineteenth century many people genuinely believed that personality and aptitudes – from criminal tendencies to tendency towards religion – were mapped out on the contours of the skull.  Continue reading

Archives and History News

There’s been an awful lot going on in the archives and history world since my last update.

Thousands of rare and ancient books, worth millions of pounds, have been looted from the Biblioteca Girolamini in Naples over the past few years.  They were stolen by the librarian himself, who seems to have got the position through some political dodgy dealing. He and his gang destroyed the library catalogue and even damaged the books to hide their traces. All over Italy libraries are being left to decay, which is a tragedy in a country that was the cradle of modern European civilisation.

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The weirdest New Year’s Eve party in history

If you’re reading this, it can only mean one thing… YOU SURVIVED!!! The zombie apocalypse of drunken craziness that we call new year’s eve has passed, and you’ve crawled out from the fog of a terrible hangover, blinking into the light of this beautiful, brand-new year! Congratulations!

But before you put on the well-intentioned running-shoes of your short-lived new year’s resolution, why don’t you have a nice sit down and read about one of history’s strangest and most decadent New Year’s Eve parties? Continue reading