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Acne Treatment Used to Include Poisoning Yourself a Lot

A history of the scientific blistering of maggot pimples, pustules, and papules by the most efficacious substances such as mercury.

The Best Natural Deodorant Is Acid

The solution for tackling BO might already be in your skincare stash.

K-Pop Stars Get Designer Clothes From Fans

Fans are helping K-pop artists with world-class sales look like superstars — even when their actual paychecks don’t allow it.

Depression-Era Movies and Their Bizarre Fashion Show Montages

How Hollywood cast itself as the center of style by stopping the action for Paris-style fashion shows.

There Was Never a Time When Western Society Wasn’t Weird About Cleavage

Classical paintings and Hulu’s Harlots have been lying to you.

How Tights Took the Devil From Terrifying Demon to Mustachioed Prankster

The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was putting on an absurd outfit.

You Might Think You Hate Crowded Stores, but Science Says Otherwise

Researchers since the 1970s have been exposing our evolution-determined love of shopping in herds.

How Free Shipping Fulfills the Centuries-Old Promise of Capitalism

Like you, George Washington hated paying S&H.

What Happened to the Internet’s Favorite T-Shirt Company?

Threadless made millions by selling out huge runs of crowdsourced T-shirts; now they’re printing almost everything one by one.

What Kim Jong-un Has to Do With Your Skincare

South Korean beauty brands have long regarded the US as a side hustle. Now they’re coming to play for keeps, and it’s sorta thanks to North Korea.