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Crucifixion As Capital Punishment

WORLD HISTORY | April 18, 2019

Located inside the Roman Colosseum, this cross was erected as a monument to the suffering of early Christians in Rome. Location: Rome, Italy. Source: (Jared I. Lenz Photography/Getty Im...

Is The Earth Really Hollow?

WORLD HISTORY | April 17, 2019

At some point during grade school, most likely elementary school, students are taught that the earth is made up of four layers: the crust, the mantle, the outer core, and the inner core. ...

The Fairytale Life of Hans Christian Andersen

ENTERTAINMENT | April 16, 2019

Two of Disney’s most popular movies, The Little Mermaid (1989) and Frozen (2013), were based on fairy tales written by Hans Christian Andersen. Andersen was the author o...

Rise of the Empire State Building

WORLD HISTORY | April 15, 2019

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 02: The Empire State Building lights it up blue for World Autism Awareness Day on April 02, 2019 in New York City. Source: (Photo by Roy Rochlin/Getty Images ...

The Incident That Brought About World War I

WARS | April 14, 2019

One of the weirdest events in history is the way World War I actually started. A group of terrorists known as the Black Hand planned the assassination of Archduke Franz Fe...

Andes Flight Disaster Of 1972

WORLD HISTORY | April 13, 2019

The thought of becoming a victim in a disaster of any kind is not a pleasant thought. Most people rely on rescue workers such as firemen, ambulance attendants, and policemen as well as ...

Who Put the Lean In The Tower Of Pisa?

WORLD HISTORY | April 12, 2019

Perhaps the best-known architectural blunder in the world has given Italy one of its most popular tourist attractions and giving Instagram travelers a clichés photo opp. The Lea...

Who Was The First American To Circumnavigate The Globe?

WORLD HISTORY | April 11, 2019

At the end of the War of Independence, the United States was bustling with the energy of a new nation. Opportunities were seen abroad for American expansion an...

The Dive that Conquered the Deepest Depths

WORLD HISTORY | April 10, 2019

It is curious that while eleven men have been to the moon, only three have been to the deepest recesses of the ocean. The Challenger Deep at the southern end of the Mariana...

The Sultana Disaster: The Titanic Of The Mississippi

WORLD HISTORY | April 9, 2019

The Sultana was a large wooden steamboat which transported people and freight between St. Louis and New Orleans. Early on April 27th, 1865 – a few days after the ...

Ida Tarbell: The Mother Muckraker!

WORLD HISTORY | April 8, 2019

(Original Caption) 9/20/1921- Ida M. Tarbell at her desk. She was the investigative journalist and chronicler of American industry, famous for her classic The History of the Standard O...

The Untouchable Eliot Ness

WORLD HISTORY | April 7, 2019

If asked to list the most famous gangsters of all time, most people would unhesitatingly begin with the name “Al Capone.” However, if asked who was responsible for putting Capone behind bar...

Cinco de Mayo Is Not Mexico’s Independence Day

WORLD HISTORY | April 6, 2019

Despite popular belief, May 5 is not Mexico’s Independence Day. That honor falls to September 16. While still an important date in Mexico’s history, May 5 is not con...

The Incredible Adventures of Ida Pfeiffer

Uncategorized | April 5, 2019

Ida Pfeiffer led an unlikely second career as one of the world’s first female explorers. Born in 1797 in Vienna as Ida Laura Reyer, she hailed from a middle-class family with...

Writer’s Cramp: The Life of a Medieval Scribe

WORLD HISTORY | April 4, 2019

Scribe or copyist writing at his desk. Reproduced from a fifteenth century miniature. Source: (Photo by Culture Club/Getty Images) Before Gutenberg invented the printing...

Who Made the First Non-stop Transatlantic Flight? (It's not Charles Lindbergh)

WORLD HISTORY | April 3, 2019

Most people associate the first non-stop transatlantic flight with Charles Lindbergh’s epic journey in the “Spirit of St. Louis” in 1927....

How The Paper Bag Was A Victory For Women!

Uncategorized | April 2, 2019

Born an InventorOk, so Margaret E. Knight didn’t invent the paper bag, Francis Wolle did. But Knight came up with the paper bag we know today. Knight was born in Maine in 18...

Legendary Grannies: Hags in Celtic Myths

CULTURE | April 1, 2019

You may picture Celtic goddesses as beautiful, young women with flowing red hair, but some of the most powerful goddesses in Scottish and Irish lore are hags. In fact, hags fe...

Drake’s Drum: Magical Protector Of England

WORLD HISTORY | March 31, 2019

An ancient snare drum said to be haunted by the spirit of Sir Francis Drake is believed to be a magical totem that protects England. People have claimed to hear the myster...

Centralia, Pennsylvania: A Town Condemned By The Fire Beneath It

WORLD HISTORY | March 30, 2019

Underground coal fires are neither new or rare. In fact, they are burning on every continent except Antarctica, with more than one hundred in the U.S....

The Sensibility of Jane Austen

ENTERTAINMENT | March 29, 2019

One of the most well-known female authors of the nineteenth century, Jane Austen was born in Steventon, Hampshire, England, on December 16, 1775. Her parents, Reverend George Austen and...

Did Nero Start the Great Fire of Rome?

WORLD HISTORY | March 28, 2019

According to the legend, he fiddled while Rome burned, but some historians believe Nero actually started the fire that consumed Rome in 64 A.D. The great-grandson of Caesar Aug...

A Quest For The Origins Of The Holy Grail

WORLD HISTORY | March 27, 2019

In the 1989 movie, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, the swashbuckling archaeologist embarks on a mission to acquire a cup with the power to grant immortality to anyone who...

The Gilded Age Of America

WORLD HISTORY | March 26, 2019

NEWPORT, RHODE ISLAND, UNITED STATES - 2010/08/27: The Breakers mansion located along the Cliff Walk. Source: (Photo by John Greim/LightRocket via Getty Images) What was the Gilded Age?’The G...

Olga Kiev: The Princess Who Buried People Alive

WORLD HISTORY | March 25, 2019

Olga's avenge to the Drevlians, before 1839. Artist: Bruni, Fyodor Antonovich (1800-1875) Source: (Photo by Fine Art Images/Heritage Images/Getty Images) Why Was She So ...

Sir John Herschel, A Man of Many Talents

HEROES | March 24, 2019

Sir John Herschel probably wasn’t a jack of all trades, but he may well have been a master of all sciences. During the nineteenth century, he made a number of advancements in...

Pistols at Dawn: A History of Dueling

WORLD HISTORY | March 23, 2019

These days getting into a fight because someone got their feelings hurt is considered the height of immaturity. A fight to the death could likely result in criminal charges. Ho...

Finland’s Unlikely Fascination With Heavy Metal

CULTURE | March 22, 2019

Singer Alexi Laiho of the Finnish heavy metal band, Children of Bodom, performs during a concert at the Astra on March 27, 2017. Source: (Photo by Frank Hoensch/Redferns...

Unusual Funeral Rituals

CULTURE | March 21, 2019

Death Of A Viking. Circa 800 AD, The Funeral Of A Viking around 800AD from a painting by Frank Dicksee ( - 1928). Source: (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images) The Viking FuneralUsually, when ...