Christmas Culture Geography Grapevine's Atlas History

Cold as Dickens

Dickensian London is iconic, but its plentiful snowdrifts bear little resemblance to the modern city. Is this artistic license? Or are Tiny Tim’s environs evidence of a centuries-long frosty period that gave us Frankenstein, witchcraft, and America?

Culture Folklore Grapevine's Atlas

Butthole Orbs and Vicious Murder: The Haunts and Horrors of Japan’s Toilet Ghosts

Mythic folk creatures built to scare the shit out of you.

Culture Language Technology

The War on the Frowning Poop Emoji

How the history of our newest linguistic asset led to a serious discussion of fecal emotionality.

Christmas Culture Geography

Catalonia’s Coprophilic Christmas

Every Christmas, Catalonia prides itself on being fun, festive, and full of shit.