People In The “Dirty” Middle Ages Actually Liked To Get Clean (Cool Weird Awesome 1140)

There was a really interesting piece on J-STOR recently that washes away the widespread idea that the Middle Ages in Europe was just unbelievably filthy. Why is it that we think the Middle Ages WAS so dirty?

By |2024-01-12T09:47:59-05:00December 5, 2023|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

Medieval Monks Were Volcano Trackers Without Even Knowing It (Cool Weird Awesome 999)

In the 12th and 13th Centuries, monks were tracking the looks of the moon, including lunar eclipses. Modern-day researchers took another look to see if some of those eclipses were actually volcanic eruptions.

By |2023-12-05T06:37:24-05:00May 1, 2023|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

Fort Blunder, The Military Installation Built In The Wrong Country (Cool Weird Awesome 646)

Today in 1816, the US military awarded to built a contract for a fort next to Lake Champlain, near the border with Canada. For years crews worked to make the fort strong, until one day when they realized there was a big problem. Plus: people on Tumblr say today is the 1000th birthday of a medieval monk's brother named Werner. 

By |2021-11-01T11:27:46-04:00November 1, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , , |

Neat Freaks, Be Glad You Didn’t Live In A Medieval Castle (Cool Weird Awesome 99)

If you were a royal several hundred years ago, this might be a time when you’d pack up and leave the castle for one of your other castles. This wasn't just because that’s what you do when you’re wealthy; it was because the castle staff needed everyone out so they could clean out all the filth!

By |2024-01-12T09:41:59-05:00August 6, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |
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