In the realm of Greek folklore, it’s not the Grinch but the Kalikantzaroi that stir trouble during the holidays. Emerging between December 25 (Christmas Day) and January 6 (the Feast of Epiphany), these mischievous goblins wreak havoc by destroying furniture and, at times, making off with Christmas treats and gifts!
Mohammed Aziz is a 71-year-old bookseller who has owned his shop in Rabat Medina, Morocco, since 1967. He doesn’t just sell books; he also reads every single one that comes through his shop’s doors. So far, Aziz has read over 4,000 books in various languages, including Arabic, French, Spanish, and English.
Over 500 years ago, a strange sickness afflicted the citizens of Strasbourg, an area that would eventually become a part of modern-day France. Hundreds of people found themselves dancing until they literally dropped to the ground, yet no clear explanation has emerged.
Halloween sparks thoughts of costumes and candy, ghosts and ghouls, but have you ever wondered about its origins? You might be surprised to learn that this festive holiday has its roots in Irish culture.
India boasts stunning artwork and architecture, including Jatayu Earth’s Center, featuring the world’s largest bird sculpture. This 200-foot-long, 70-foot-tall, and 150-foot-wide masterpiece not only captivates visually but also represents a mesmerizing Hindu legend. Dive into the sculpture’s story below.
You’re familiar with the guillotine as an 18th-century beheading device, maybe from history books. But do you know who invented it or how long it was used? If not, get ready to discover 10 fascinating facts about the guillotine.
If you had to name a souvenir someone would bring back from a trip to Russia, a Matryoshka doll would likely be the first thing that came to mind.
When most people think about a trip to Italy, they think of popular destinations like Venice and Rome. There are plenty of other hidden gems throughout the country, though, including Matera, located in the Basilicata region of southern Italy.
Japan is well-known as one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations. When most people are planning their trip here, though, they don’t think about paying a visit to Tashirojima Island, also known as “Cat Island.” Tashirojima Island gets its nickname from the extensive population of cats that roam around it. The cat population actually outnumbers the island’s human residents!
Although Idaho’s official nickname is “The Gem State,” most people don’t think of precious stones when considering it. Instead, they envision everyone’s favorite carbohydrate: potatoes.