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Therese O'Neill

Contributing Writer

Therese O'Neill lives in Oregon and writes for The Atlantic, Mental Floss, Jezebel, and more. She is the author of New York Times bestseller Unmentionable: The Victorian Ladies Guide to Sex, Marriage and Manners. Meet her at writerthereseoneill.com.

How to give birth (100 years ago)
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How to give birth (100 years ago)

7 tips for keeping your man (from the 1950s)
Ways to keep your man around
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7 tips for keeping your man (from the 1950s)

5 great skincare tips (from 100 years ago)
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5 great skincare tips (from 100 years ago)

Elks, Shriners, and Masons: How 'old man' frats got their names and symbols
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Elks, Shriners, and Masons: How 'old man' frats got their names and symbols

Sexist postcards (from 100 years ago)
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Sexist postcards (from 100 years ago)

7 smart products that will teach your child really cool lessons
Innovative kids toys
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7 smart products that will teach your child really cool lessons

8 weird and fantastic food blogs
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8 weird and fantastic food blogs

5 easy tips for better hair (from the early 1900s)
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5 easy tips for better hair (from the early 1900s)

How to ensure it's a boy (according to 100-year-old pregnancy guides)
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How to ensure it's a boy (according to 100-year-old pregnancy guides)

Masturbation was once considered more offensive than child abuse
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Masturbation was once considered more offensive than child abuse

8 inventions that will revolutionize your kitchen
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8 inventions that will revolutionize your kitchen

How to be a servant worthy of Downton Abbey
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How to be a servant worthy of Downton Abbey

The secret histories of 6 ubiquitous American foods
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The secret histories of 6 ubiquitous American foods

Advice for your wedding night (from 100 years ago)
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Advice for your wedding night (from 100 years ago)

9 delightful recipes from the 1950s you should make with your kids today
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9 delightful recipes from the 1950s you should make with your kids today

8 how-to books from 100 years ago that are still (sort of) useful
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8 how-to books from 100 years ago that are still (sort of) useful

11 brilliant life hacks from my cleaning woman
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11 brilliant life hacks from my cleaning woman

10 innovative furniture designs that brilliantly save you space
Innovative furniture
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10 innovative furniture designs that brilliantly save you space

How to avoid being rude (according to 100-year-old etiquette rules)
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How to avoid being rude (according to 100-year-old etiquette rules)

Cigarette cards: The life hacks of 100 years ago
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Cigarette cards: The life hacks of 100 years ago

11 lessons every good parent should teach their kid
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11 lessons every good parent should teach their kid

15 unbelievably sexist old postcards
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15 unbelievably sexist old postcards

Popular diet tips from 100 years ago
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Popular diet tips from 100 years ago

How to grow your bosom (according to 100-year-old beauty books)
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How to grow your bosom (according to 100-year-old beauty books)

How did humans learn to paint in 3 dimensions?
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How did humans learn to paint in 3 dimensions?

11 crafty gifts for the science buff in your life
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11 crafty gifts for the science buff in your life

What to expect when you're expecting (100 years ago)
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What to expect when you're expecting (100 years ago)

Why they wear it: 5 interesting clothing choices explained
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Why they wear it: 5 interesting clothing choices explained

When the internet was a weird, magical thing
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When the internet was a weird, magical thing

5 of history's biggest killjoys
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5 of history's biggest killjoys

7 innovative ideas in architectural design
The Urban Forest
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7 innovative ideas in architectural design

5 delightful science experiments from 100 years ago
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5 delightful science experiments from 100 years ago

8 drugs that exist in nature
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8 drugs that exist in nature

6 people who survived their own executions
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6 people who survived their own executions

6 of the fiercest one-liners in history
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6 of the fiercest one-liners in history

How birth control became everybody's business
Margaret Sanger
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How birth control became everybody's business