Porridge is Funnier than Oatmeal, and Booty is Funnier Still

Ha! Photo by Getty Images    By Dr. Thomas Hills (left) and Tomas Engelthaler (right) / 11.20.2017 Hills:  Professor of Psychology Engelthaler:  PhD Candidate in Psychology University of Warwick ‘Which word is funnier: porridge or oatmeal?’ This is the question one of us recently posed to the other. Clearly, the notion was insane. Surely finding something funny requires context[…]

The Many Hands Shirt: Reuniting a Family and an Heirloom

Bessie Black Horn created the Many Hands shirt around 1910 to commemorate the “multiple handshakes” that her husband, Chief Daniel Black Horn, had with European dignitaries. / Photo by Daniel Black Horn By Dr. Stephen E. Nash / 05.11.2017 Archaeologist and Historian of Science Denver Museum of Nature & Science In late 2013, I got[…]

Paleolithic Art on the Apollo 11 Cave Stones

Apollo 11 Cave Stones, Namibia, quartzite, c. 25,500–25,300 B.C.E. Image courtesy of State Museum of Namibia.’ By Nathalie Hager / 11.21.2015 PhD Candidate in Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies University of British Columbia, Okanagan A significant discovery Approximately 25,000 years ago, in a rock shelter in the Huns Mountains of Namibia on the southwest coast of Africa (today part[…]

The Revolutionary Power of Andean Folk Tales

Andean folktales—such as those recounting deals made with merpeople in watery underworlds—are not as innocuous as one might think. / James Brunker, Magical Andes Photography Stories shared by diverse oppressed peoples of the Andes during Spanish colonialism gave witness to their suffering and helped to unite them in the face of exploitation. By Dr. Di[…]

Kitchen Alchemy in the 16th Century

Various types of furnaces, 15th century / MS. 446, folio 65 recto. Wellcome Images L0032812 01.11.2017 Since late antiquity, alchemical texts have had a reputation for being difficult to read. Besides often being written in Latin, which automatically limited the readership, these treatises employed a hermetic language, following the tradition of the secrecy of esoteric knowledge.[…]

A History of the Chateau Ste. Michelle (Woodinville) Winery

Chateau Ste. Michelle, Woodinville, 2016 / Courtesy Ste. Michelle Wine Estates By Peter Blecha / 09.04.2017 Introduction Chateau Ste. Michelle is a Woodinville-based winery that is Washington’s largest fine-wine producer. The business was built upon the foundation of the state’s most successful winemaking firm, Seattle’s American Wine Growers (AWG). AWG had corporate roots dating back to[…]