Our weekly roundup of fascinations around the world and the web, Halloween edition!
Join us for an evening with artist Rachel Sussman discussing her past decade of travel documenting the earth's most ancient beings
Our weekly roundup of fascinations around the world and the web. Happy Halloween!
Vintage Halloween postcard from the New York Public Library Picture Collection, via Public Domain Review
The science of fear
“Scare specialist” Dr. Margee Kerr discusses the history and brain science behind self-scaring, and why some people enjoy it more than others. The far-ranging interview touches on strong childhood "lightbulb memories," unethical social scientists, 17th-century Russian Ice Slides, and why a haunted house makes for an excellent date night. [via The Atlantic]
Al the days of the dead
Many cultures have festivals to celebrate and honor the dead, and Smithsonian rounds up six of them. From Korea's Chuseok to Nepal's Gai Jatra, many celebrations include a mixture of ancient traditions and colonial or religious influence, and some even involve costumed revelry. [via Smithsonian Magazine]