Janel Torkington

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Writer and Social Media Manager at The Book Of Everyone. Word nerd. Sassy futurist. Ukulele plucker. Ottolenghi acolyte.

3 ways history was more colourful than you think

Most of the records from days of yore come through in black and white. Colour photography didn’t become popular until the mid-20th century, which gives us the impression that everything that came before then was rather drab. Pre-photography records only come in whatever physical artifacts have managed to weather the…

Let’s talk about September birthdays

The summer’s been sweet, but it’s coming to a close. We’ve coasted into SEPTEMBER on the back of a solar eclipse (oh, is no one talking about that anymore? My bad). And with September comes a beautiful collection of cusp-of-autumn birthdays. What does it mean to be born in September?…

When were birthdays invented?

Birthdays are like belly buttons: everyone’s got one. Most of us have celebrated our share of ‘em, too. But where does the idea of a birthday come from, anyway? When and where was the birthday invented? Are birthdays a modern celebration, or did Paleolithic people throw the ancient equivalent to…

Do you believe in birthdays?

Everyone’s got a birthday. It’s the one day out of the year that’s all about you. Whether you celebrate it with cake at home or with G&Ts on the town, it’s a day that’s different from the other 364. Have you ever stopped to consider how strange that is? Our…

The bizarre history of the umbrella

We’ve made a quite drizzly Spotify playlist for you to enjoy whilst reading this article. It’s open and collaborative – so please add in your own songs all about inclement weather. Can you think of any we missed? You own one. Maybe two. It’s probably black, unless you’re kooky. And, scientifically, they’re…

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