As the world still awaits the result of the US election, in an article first published on The Conversation, US scholar PHILLIP J VANFOSSEN looks at the origins of the Electoral College system...

With the swearing of oaths part of the process which US Supreme Court nominees must go through once approved, JOANNE M PIERCE, professor of religious studies at the College of the Holy Cross, looks at the origins of oaths...

MARLISE SCHOENY, assistant curator for the Ohio State Historic Costume & Textiles Collection, looks - in an artcile first published on The Conversation - at the origins of the white wedding gown...

In an article first published on The Conversation, LIAM CORR, of the University of Huddersfield, looks at the origins of our love for chocolate...

In an article first published on The Conversation, SAMUEL L BOYD, assistant professor at the University of Colorado Boulder, looks at the origins of churches and chapels...

With hand-washing a key component in the fight against coronavirus, JUDITH RIDNER, professor of history at Mississippi State University, writes, in an article first published on The Conversation, about the origins of soap...

In an article first published on The Conversation, THOMAS ALLEN, of Manchester Metropolitan University, looks at the history of the tennis racquet...

In an Origins special, ANNE LAWRENCE-MATHERS, professor of medieval history of the University of Reading, looks at - in an article first piublished on The Conversation - where Christmas decorations come from...

Iconic US children's TV show 'Sesame Street' recently turned 50. DAVID ADAMS takes a look at how it all began...

In an article first published on The Conversation, VENKATESH SHANKAR, of Texas A&M University, looks at the rise of a global giant - and how it changed the way we shop...

In an article first published on The Conversation, LINDSAY KELLEY, a lecturer in art and design at UNSW, looks at the origins of Australia's famous Anzac biscuits...

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