Inaugural balls are crowded and noisy, and the food is served on “upscale plastic ware.”
Neither monarchs nor Martin Luther had anything to do with the manger (and no, it isn’t the same as a stable).
This idea has been a foundational myth of America’s engagement with China almost since President Richard Nixon went there in 1972; it’s been used to justify decades of interaction. On the day China wa...
Relax: Trump is no Caesar. Yet.
No, they’re not just kids pulling pranks.
No, they didn’t hate sex. But they did hate Catholics.
No, we don’t necessarily consent to being governed.
No, it’s not apolitical, and the White House doesn’t control the FBI director.
Despite numerous debunkings, the idea that Salem’s “witches” burned at the stake persists everywhere from online forums to episodes of “The Simpsons.” Joan of Arc and tales of European witch hunts may...
Wait, they’re not actually smarter than the rest of us?
No, they’re not always better than traditional schools. And there are fewer of them than you might think.
Actually, President Putin isn’t on Team Trump.
In 2008, Cambridge University Press published a book titled “The Nuclear Taboo: The United States and the Non-Use of Nuclear Weapons since 1945.” The suggestion that nuclear weapons haven’t been used...
Don’t believe “Game of Thrones”: Medieval Europe wasn’t racially homogenous.
As the Soviet Union took control of more and more of Eastern Europe after World War II, critics of Franklin D. Roosevelt argued that he — increasingly lethargic and confused because of illness — had b...
No, they’re not giving us cancer or making us more productive.
No, they can’t stop globalization, and they’re not just for blue-collar workers.
Sorry, air conditioning and citronella won’t protect you.