To save the Hawaiian culture and people…

To save the Hawaiian culture and people from disappearing, Kalākaua, the last king of the Hawaiian kingdom, went on a world tour in 1881, and travelled to Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and the United States, and he became the first reigning monarch to circumnavigate the globe. He met with Edison during that tour and because of that meeting Hawai’i had relatively early adoption of the phonograph. This allowed for recordings of Hawaiian songs from as early as the 1900s/1910s.

The “glass delusion” is a psychiatric disorder, recorded in the late…

The “glass delusion” is a psychiatric disorder, recorded in the late Middle Ages in which the sufferers believed themselves to be made out of glass and likely to shatter into pieces. One famous early sufferer was King Charles VI of France who refused to allow others to touch him and wore protective clothing to prevent himself from “shattering”. To maintain a perfectly serene environment he required all the windows in his palace to remain shut and that anyone who approached him to do so on tip-toe.