History

Why Don't Characters Enter Through the Bedroom Window Anymore?
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It was once the ultimate sign of affection. Now, it's only done as an homage to more innocent times. What gives?
One Sleep or Two? Understanding the Debate Over Segmented Sleep
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How did our ancestors sleep? Does it matter?
Asleep or Dead? The Bizarre Case of India’s “Sleeping Prophet"
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In September, an Indian High Court trial will meet to determine whether a politically influential Hindu guru is dead or merely in a deep, sleep-like meditative state. The winner will be awarded his body and, likely, $170 million fortune.
The Evolution of the Pillow, from Mesopotamia to Modern Times
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Tracing the origins of the head cushion, from rock-hard neck-rest to the ultimate sign of decorative excess.
Freshman-Year Flashback: A Quick Explanation of the Twin XL
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Digging into the backstory of the awkwardly long dorm bed.
Entering the Dreamtime: The Unique Worldview of Australia’s Aboriginal Population
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Australia's Aboriginal population believes the world formed in the creator’s dream and that every feature of the earth exists partially in both realms. Only by entering can they keep the world alive.
Whispering Ghosts and 7 Other Oddities from the History of Our National Parks
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In honor of the upcoming 100th anniversary of the National Parks Service, we dug up facts about ghosts, ancient conspiracy theories and sleepy campfire fable
A Brief History of How Fighter Pilots Battle Fatigue, from 1932 to the Present
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It involves drugs. Lots of drugs.
Early Hindus Had a Kama Sutra for Sleeping Positions
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And it factored greatly into their day-to-day lives.
From TV Static to Busy Signals: 7 Obsolete Sounds That Used to Send People to Sleep
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These noises were once a natural part of peoples' nighttime routine. Now they've gone the way of the dial-up modem.