Once upon a time, there were people called alchemists who dedicated their entire lives to the search for an elusive substance that turned base metals into gold or silver. This substance was known as the “philosopher’s stone” and was also thought to grant immortality. Efforts to discover it were known as the Great Work. Now, of course, alchemy and the philosopher’s stone have been relegated to the realm of historical curiosity, other than when they turn up in the name of a Harry Potter movie.Read More
Remember those electric belts that jiggle your abs into high definition while you watch television? How about the South Beach diet, the Atkins diet, the baby food diet? To say nothing of sauna suits and power bracelets?
History—particularly the last few decades—is li...Read More