The aswang, a creature deeply rooted in Filipino folklore, represents an intriguing blend of the supernatural and psychological warfare. This mythical entity, embodying various forms of evil such as vampires, ghouls, witches, and shape-shifters, has been a subject of fear and fascination in the Philippines for centuries. In the 1950s, during a turbulent period of […]
Myth & Folklore
In the Middle Ages, Christian Priests Would Recite “Hoc Est Corpus” During Mass When Turning Bread into the Body of Christ. Since Nobody Understood Latin, the Chant was Garbled into “Hocus Pocus.”
You may recognize the phrase hocus pocus as the title of a popular Disney Halloween film, but it has a long history of use in magical circles. Hocus pocus is a phrase that refers to an illusion or a meaningless distraction that fools you in some way. But did you ever wonder where the phrase
In the Middle Ages, Christian Priests Would Recite “Hoc Est Corpus” During Mass When Turning Bread into the Body of Christ. Since Nobody Understood Latin, the Chant was Garbled into “Hocus Pocus.” Read More »
According to Analysis Based on the Insurance Industry’s Data, People Would Live an Average of 9,000 Years Before an Accident, Murder, or Disaster Got Them.
Consider a world where the only way to die was in a sudden accident, such as a car accident, falling down the stairs, or being struck by lightning. But did you know how long people would live given that there were no external factors? An analysis based on insurance industry data concluded that without aging
In the 1920s, James Joyce Would Get Drunk and Start Fights. He Would Then Hide Behind Ernest Hemingway for Protection
During the 1920s, the author of Ulysses met Ernest Hemingway in Paris. Despite being both well-known heavy drinkers, they began to frequent cafes and bars together. James Joyce was unathletic and had failing eyesight, but his drinking buddy was tall, strapping, and prone to violent outbursts. But did you know that James Joyce depended on
A Fisherman from the Philippines Found a Pearl Weighing 34 Kilograms. It is Estimated to be Worth $100 Million. The Fisherman was Unaware of its Value and Kept the Pearl Under His Bed for 10 Years.
The only gemstones in the world that originate from living things are pearls. These priceless gems are created by mollusks like oysters and mussels, which humanity has sought since ancient times. But did you know that a fisherman from the Philippines found the largest pearl weighing 24 kilograms? The giant pearl measures 30 cm wide,
A Fisherman from the Philippines Found a Pearl Weighing 34 Kilograms. It is Estimated to be Worth $100 Million. The Fisherman was Unaware of its Value and Kept the Pearl Under His Bed for 10 Years. Read More »
Medieval Myths Suggest That Salamanders are Resistant to Fire. People Believed That They were Born of Fire.
Salamanders are solitary creatures. Several myths and legends about them have emerged over the centuries. Many ancient people thought salamanders were fireproof and cold-blooded enough to extinguish flames. But did you know why people during medieval times thought they were fire-resistant? Salamanders were thought to be resistant to fire due to their habit of hibernating
The Pendle Witch Trials in 1612 are among the most famous witch trials in English history, as well as some of the best documented of the 17th century. The twelve accused were charged with the murders of ten people using witchcraft in the area surrounding Pendle Hill in Lancashire. But did you know that Alice
During the Salem Witch Trials, None of the People Who Actually Confessed to Being a Witch were Executed. All 20 Who were Executed for Being Witches Refused to Confess.
The Salem witch trials took place in colonial Massachusetts between 1692 and 1693. More than 200 people were charged with witchcraft or the Devil’s magic, and 20 were executed. Eventually, the colony admitted that the trials were a mistake and compensated the victims’ families. Those accused of witchcraft in the Salem Witch Trials did not
Socrates Did Not Write Anything. All That is Known About Him Has Been Inferred from Accounts by Plato, Xenophon, and Aristotle.
Socrates was a well-known and controversial figure in his native Athens, so much so that he was frequently mocked in comic dramatists’ plays. But did you know that he never actually wrote anything? Socrates left no writings. Everything we know about him comes from accounts by members of his circle, primarily Plato and Xenophon, as
The Fumes from the Eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 CE Was So Hot That It Turned One Victim’s Brain Into Glass.
Mount Vesuvius is a somma-stratovolcano in Campania, Italy, about 9 km east of Naples and a short distance from the coast. It is one of the volcanoes that make up the Campanian volcanic arc. Vesuvius is made up of an enormous cone partially surrounded by the steep rim of a summit crater formed by the