Like HowStuffWorks on Facebook!

Paris

Jules Cotard and the Syndrome Named After Him

 Jules Cotard and the Syndrome Named After Him

Jules Cotard was the first psychiatrist to write about the cluster of symptoms that would come to be called “Walking Corpse Syndrome.” But his work was unfinished, and left a great deal of room for debate about it among his colleagues. See more »

Le Théâtre du Grand-Guignol

 Le Théâtre du Grand-Guignol

From 1897 to 1962, a small theater in Paris gave became famous for its grisly, terrifying plays. See more »

The House of Worth and the Birth of Haute Couture

 The House of Worth and the Birth of Haute Couture

Before Charles Worth, the idea of ready made clothes for purchase didn't really exist. Neither did the idea of a design house that showed seasonal collections. This one man's vision invented the fashion industry as we know it today. See more »

Bets and Burlesque: Joseph Oller

 Bets and Burlesque: Joseph Oller

Joseph Oller was an entrepreneur with an incredible head for business. He revolutionized gambling practices as a young man, and also opened the most famous burlesque house of all time -- The Moulin Rouge. See more »