History

Forget not walking under ladders: just last century, a lot of well-educated people believed in way crazier superstitions.

There’s a new site in town to help you make sense of Wikipedia’s 40 million pages. And it looks very pretty indeed.

“My name’s David Helvey. I’m 20 years old. And I am ready to rock.”

Scientists think they may have found Captain Cook’s long lost ship at the bottom of the ocean, in the USA. But what was it doing there?

After 88 years, Britain’s first robot, Eric, might have the chance to “live" again. But he needs your help.

Care for a can of World War II-era ‘rationed ham chunks’? Us neither. But for this group of military food enthusiasts, there’s nothing like chowing down on a box of some decades-old food rations.

You won't find it listed on many atlases, but there's a tiny African nation inside the U.S. called the Yoruba Kingdom. No visas required.

Forget your smartphone app: the cartography-loving boffins at the New York Public Library have uploaded 20,000 hi-res historical maps of the world on to the internet.

For a brief few decades during the Cold War, these crazy-looking ships dominated the waterways of the USSR. Sea travel never looked more sci-fi.

Ever feel too distracted to do your work? So did 1920s inventor Hugo Gernsback – until he created this anti-distraction helmet.