The Rest Is History

Uncomfortable earrings, sports bubbles, and socially sanctioned love triangles.

By Jaime Fuller

Friday, July 31, 2020

Marble relief fragment depicting athletic prizes, Roman, second century. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Rogers Fund, 1959.

• “Why do those in positions of authority blame disorder on outside agitators?” (NYR Daily)

• On uncomfortable Mayan earrings: “One end of a long strip of the plain bark paper was used to pierce the earlobe, and the strip would then be worn hanging from the ear as a gesture of penance.” (Archaeology)

• The story of the largest mass arrest in U.S. history. (Mother Jones)

• A history of sports bubbles. (

• “Eighteenth-century Italian noblewomen had one indispensable accessory: an extramarital lover.” (JSTOR Daily)

• “What the First Women Voters Experienced When Registering for the 1920 Election.” (

• “It’s time for the British royal family to make amends for centuries of profiting from slavery.” (Slate)

• “Running a marathon was never crazier or harder than during the 1904 St. Louis Olympics.” (ABC News)

• “Despite their rough-and-tumble existence, Neanderthals had a biological predisposition to a heightened sense of pain, finds a first-of-its-kind genome study.” (Nature)

• “With Hood Century, Jerald Cooper is building a new type of preservation society, editorial platform, and archive as a way to make design more exciting to more people.” (Curbed)

• On the unusual union of a renowned artist and the discoverer of the polio vaccine. (Nautilus)

• “How Black Pullman Porters Waged a Struggle for ‘Civil Rights Unionism.’ ” (Jacobin)

• This week in obituaries: Herman Cain, Olivia de Havilland, Lee Teng-hui, Peter Green, Ronald Bergan, Kansai Yamamoto, Peter Graham, Rene Carpenter, Josephine Cox, Bent Fabric, Regis Philbin, Mason Gaffney, and Annie Ross.