CLOSE

Therese Oneill

Therese Oneill writes about the oddities of history for such outlets as The Atlantic, Jezebel, The Week, and mental_floss. Her new book Unmentionable: The Victorian Ladies Guide to Sex, Marriage and Manners is coming in November from Little, Brown. Follow her on her blog.

7 Surprising Ways Mother Nature is Trying to Kill You
5 of History's Biggest Killjoys
10 Lifehacks from 100 Years Ago
10 Quotes from Queen Victoria on the Miseries of Royal Motherhood
9 Vintage Sample Cases from the Days of Traveling Salesmen
What Was That Used For? 9 Peculiar Artifacts of Yesteryear
5 Courtship Rituals from Colonial America
7 Games People Played in Colonial America
Drink Like a Patriot This Fourth of July
Advice for Daughters From Dads of Yore
The Faces Behind 9 Recognizable Names
7 Bizarre Ways Kids Entertained Themselves Before Video Games
Ruse of War: 6 Sneaky But Brilliant Strategies
18 Outlandish Uses of Real and Fake Body Parts on Etsy
5 Crazy Examples of Fear in Advertising
River Pigs and Gong Farmers: 7 Jobs We’re Glad are Obsolete
To Great Lengths: 7 Historic Cures for Impotence
Fatal Attraction: 7 Terrifying Beauty Practices from History
11 Couch Designs of the Future
Don’t Change a Thing: 8 Inventions That Never Needed Updating
10 Old Sayings We Need to Bring Back
Who's Sorry Now? 8 Belated Apologies from the History Books
The Life and Times of Hetty the Hoarder, the Witch of Wall Street
10 Medical Tools You’re Glad Only Exist in Museums
The Origins of 10 Great Insults
8 Grand Yet Forgotten Profane Expressions
Don’t Change a Thing: 8 Inventions That Never Needed Updating
10 Lifehacks from 100 Years Ago
11 Things You Might Not Know About 'The Little Mermaid'
15 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About 'Aladdin'
10 Internet Lies That Won't Die
Fatal Attraction: 7 Terrifying Beauty Practices from History
15 Science Experiments You Can Do With Your Kids
Don’t Change a Thing: 8 Inventions That Never Needed Updating
9 Creative Alternatives to the Business Card
5 Myths of the 1920s That Were Debunked—Then Turned Out to be True
MENTAL FLOSS

newsletter

A super-skimmable daily digest.