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The Great Rabbit Hoax

In 1726, Mary Toft gave birth to rabbits. The case became a test of the doctors’ scientific principles.

Shampoo Empire

Shampooing was brought to Britain by a Bengali immigrant who knew his craft – and how to sell it.

Slaves and Indians

Europeans did not introduce slavery to North America – although they did change the way it was practised.

Removing That Little Knot

A Victorian doctor offering to cure female ‘lunacy’ came under fire for his scandalous new operation: female genital mutilation.

1933: Death of a Democracy

On 1 January 1933, Germany was a democracy with a range of political parties. By the end of the year its parliament was a rubber stamp for Adolf Hitler’s will.