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The art of turning things into gold is chrysopoeia -- adjective form chrysopoetic.

In Puritan Massachusetts it was against the law for young men to visit young women at times and places unknown to their parents.  It must not have taken deep root, since later observers comment on how freely the young folks associated, even going to dances that lasted all night and had no chaperones.

The wildman of European mountains would cower and shiver in sunlight but exults in the rain and harsh weather.


Both Louis Napoleon and Bismark supported manhood suffrage against the liberals, because it would help them in their fights against liberals.

Dictys and Dares -- the pseudonyms of two writers a thouand years after Homer -- were seriously taken as writing authentic, eye-witness accounts of the Trojan War during the Middle Ages, even used to rebuke Homer for his errors.  To be sure, one came with an account of how it had been discovered after so long.

The increase in bureaucratization and in respect for psychiatry in the later part of the nineteenth century saw more insane asylums and larger ones in Germany.  Many German scientists saw it as proof of increase in insanity and so of degeneration.

Until quite recently, funerals were not held for Japanese children -- perhaps in the belief the child might be reborn again within the same family.

The English Civil War lead to an economic crisis for New England, which was economically dependent on a constant stream of immigrants.

Carnival and Twelfth Night were traditional times for weddings, so the festivities featuring a mock bridal couple sometimes featured a real one.

Among his other stunts, Isaac Newton was Master of the Mint and in that role, he invented milling -- marking the edges of the coin with ridges -- to prevent people from clipping the precious metal and passing on the coin.

At law in colonial Massachusetts, for a capital crime, you needed two witnesses.  For a time, they condemned witches on the grounds that two or more witnesses had testified to seeing diabolic malice on different occasions.  When lawyers insisted that they needed two witnesses to the same event, it dampened the trials.  The only case where they had two or more witnessese to the same "spectral evidence" was in Salem.

One 19th-century American advice writer encouraged kite-flying for children because, unlike such games as marbles, it developed the higher faculties.  Another urged mothers to raise their own children because little ladies and gentlemen were born with all the delicacy and refinement of their class, and should be kept from contact with coarse, low-bred individuals.

Wildwomen were far more widespread than wildmen in European folklore.  Extremely hairy, rather ugly (often looking old), sometimes hiring themselves out as maids, with knowledge of herbs -- and in mountainous regions, prone to eating children.

The Earls of Mar were the hereditary foster parents of the royal children of Scotland.

While it was held that all metals were ripening toward gold, lead in particular was held to be the unripe form of silver -- logic that was supported by the existing of silver-bearing lead mines.

Some nobles offered to come to Massachusetts if they were allowed to become the core of a House of Lords.  The governor wrote back that while they welcomed anyone fit for government, they did not know whether God would endow their posterity with the traits necessary in the magistery.  The nobles stayed home.

The founder of the League for the Protection of Mothers quit after the charter was toned down with its eugenic terminology.  To be sure, the League still agreed it was for fit mothers and children, and help would not be given to those with infectious or hereditary disease.

New York City harbor pilots would race to get to arriving boats.  It sometimes even ended with death, but many pilots quit when the racing was legally abolished.

Puritans regarded juridical astrology, which predicted the fates of individauls as forbidden.  Natural astrology could licitly predict weather and agriculture, though.

A good number of noble families used wildman in their coats-of-arms, but they appeared far more frequently as supporters to the shield.
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