The Rest Is History

Pie for a suffragist’s doubting husband, centaur costumers, and drunk and caffeinated history.

By Jaime Fuller

Friday, August 17, 2018

The Drunk Bacchus, by Hans Baldung, c. 1520. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1927.

• In more recent history: the birth and death of Four Loko. “Before, it was beautiful, questionable-decision juice. Now, they were threatening to make it almost an urban legend.” (Grub Street)

• The Civil War soldiers who got tattoos: “Many a soldier…had his name, regiment, and residence inked for identification. ‘It was like writing one’s own epitaph, but the custom prevented many bodies from being buried in unknown graves.’ ” (Atlas Obscura)

• The British Museum’s stolen goods: “[It] has been styled in the press (and styled itself in its own press release) as a bulwark against looting. But the museum is a cathedral to the practice.” (The New Republic)

• Recipes to cook this weekend: “Pie for a Suffragist’s Doubting Husband” or “Suffrage Angel Cake.” (The Guardian)

• When European engravers tried to imagine what American colonies looked like, this is what they came up with. (

• Someone in the fifteenth century was so bored they decided to design a centaur costume. (British Library Blogs)

• This week in obituaries: Aretha Franklin, V.S. Naipaul, and a theologian who said of her childhood, “It was against the law to go to the library. I couldn’t play on that swing. By 4 or 5, I was wondering: ‘What did we do as black people that was so bad? A good God would not do this.’ ”