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Florence Nightingale – The Lady With The Lamp

HEROES | May 19, 2019

Referred to as “the lady with the lamp,” Florence Nightingale was like an angel to the sick and dying that were in Turkey during the Crimean War. This war was during 1...

Star Wars Films On Skellig Island in Ireland

ENTERTAINMENT | May 18, 2019

A mysterious and beautiful island – a place for a war? That is exactly what it was for -Star Wars. Skellig Island has become a favorite location for the crew of Star War...

What Caused the Patomskiy Crater?

WORLD HISTORY | May 17, 2019

In 1949, in Irkutsk, Siberia, a geologist happened upon a mysterious crater. To this day, scientists have yet to positively identify what caused it. At first, it was believed to be...

Atlantis: Lost City or Mythical Island?

WORLD HISTORY | May 16, 2019

Often with folklore and legend, it is impossible to uncover the primary source. Either the original texts are lost, or the stories are passed down from one generation to the n...

Lesser Known Facts About Dr. Seuss

ENTERTAINMENT | May 15, 2019

It seems every Christmas there is a new film adaptation of How the Grinch Stole Christmas and we have one person to thank for that: a famous children’s author by the name of Dr. Se...

How Did Haute Cuisine Come to America?

CULTURE | May 14, 2019

To Europeans in the early 19th century, American cuisine was crude. Americans ate too fast. They slurped and scarfed down the main meal of the day in twenty minutes. There wa...

Why Did London Stink in 1858?

WORLD HISTORY | May 13, 2019

Today, the River Thames in England is about as picturesque a city river as one might imagine and is often cited as one of the cleanest waterways in the world. However, this was not alwa...

Amazing Mothers Throughout History

WORLD HISTORY | May 12, 2019

The inspiration for Mother’s Day came from Ann Reeves, from West Virginia, who not only cared for wounded soldiers during the Civil War but also helped to organize clubs that taught...

Major General Lew Wallace, Author of Ben-Hur

WORLD HISTORY | May 11, 2019

General Lew Wallace was the author who wrote Ben-Hur in 1880. The popular classic version of Ben-Hur was the 1959 production with Charlton Heston, who also played Moses in...

Beer: Yesteryear's Energy Drink

CULTURE | May 10, 2019

Carnival: 'The King Drinks' David Teniers the Younger. Source: (wikiart.org/en) Nowadays, if you saw a child, say under the age of five, chugging down a beer at a restaurant not only mi...

From Davy Jones’s Locker to the Flying Dutchman: The Origin of a Nautical Legend

WORLD HISTORY | May 9, 2019

Many people will recognize Davy Jones as the name of the tentacle-faced villain of Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean movies. Others ...

The Creation of the Appalachian Trail

WORLD HISTORY | May 8, 2019

Views on a hike are seen throughout Lead Cove Trail and Bote Mountain Trail towards the Appalachian Trail in the Great Smoky Mountains. Source: (Photo by Patrick Gorski/NurPhoto via...

Who Was Jimmy Hoffa?

WORLD HISTORY | May 7, 2019

On July 30, 1975, in Detroit Michigan, Jimmy Hoffa disappeared, in what would become one of the most culturally referenced historical mysteries in United States history. Most people have at leas...

Exploring the Northern Lights

WORLD HISTORY | May 6, 2019

One of the most captivating sights in nature, the auroras have fascinated mankind for centuries. Long before physicists learned to explain them, the northern lights have been the subjec...

Alexander Graham Bell – Can You Hear Me Now?

WORLD HISTORY | May 5, 2019

Alexander Graham Bell, the Scotsman who invented the telephone, experimented with giant man-carrying kites during the first decade of the 20th Century. Source: (Bettmann/Co...

The Desert Sands of Ancient Egypt

CULTURE | May 4, 2019

There is a lot more to Egypt than just the sands of its deserts. Even though there is no rain in Egypt, the Ancient Egyptian culture has produced historical achievements such as cre...

What’s Inside the Great Pyramid of Giza?

WORLD HISTORY | May 3, 2019

A view of the pyramid of Khafre (L) (also spelled Chephren) and the Great Pyramid of Khufu (also spelled Cheops) on the Giza Plateau, on the southwestern outskirts of the Egypt...

Switzerland – Land Of Beauty And Mystery

CULTURE | May 2, 2019

Switzerland is a small country centrally located in Europe surrounded by France, Belgium, Germany, Austria, and Italy. It is a unique country in comparison to other countri...

The Challenger Disaster of 1986

WORLD HISTORY | May 1, 2019

On January 28, 1986, the United States shuttle orbiter, Space Shuttle Challenger, exploded just seventy-three seconds after liftoff, in what would become one of the most memorable even...

Who Was Ethelred and Why Was He Unready?

CULTURE | April 30, 2019

In my freshman year of college, I became entranced with Sid Meier’s Civilization. This computer game is a contest of empires in which you struggle through the ages to build t...

John D. Rockefeller And The Monopoly Of Standard Oil

WORLD HISTORY | April 29, 2019

2/8/1924-Moravia, NY: The boyhood home of John D. Rockefeller, Near Moravia, is now being used as a domicile by convicts from Auburn Prison, NY, who are employed in r...

First UFO Sighting in America

WORLD HISTORY | April 28, 2019

While alien abductions and UFO sightings may seem to be a 20th-century American fad, it seems that humans have been witnessing visitors from beyond our planet for much longer. In fact, ...

The Supreme Navigators of History: Voyagers of the Pacific

WORLD HISTORY | April 27, 2019

The Pacific Ocean covers more than 60 million square miles of the Earth, more than 30 percent. It contains double the amount of water from the next largest ...

The Twelve Apostles of Michael Collins

CULTURE | April 26, 2019

Dublin ablaze during the riots of the Irish War of Independence aka Anglo-Irish War, 1920. From Story of Twenty Five Years, published 1935. Source: (Universal History Archive/UIG v...

A One-Eyed Hero: Jan Žižka

WARS | April 25, 2019

PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC - 2012/06/17: 'Narodní Památník', the monument with the statue of a horse-mounted Jan Žižka, is located at the top of Vítkov hill. Source: (Photo by Frank Bienewald/Li...

Famous Brothers Throughout Time

WORLD HISTORY | April 24, 2019

The bond of brotherhood is strong, but sometimes the intensity of sibling rivalry can be just as strong. History is filled with brothers whose interactions had lasting results, not on...

Master of the Macabre: Edgar Allan Poe

ENTERTAINMENT | April 23, 2019

Many and many a year ago, or more specifically, on January 19, 1809, in Boston, Massachusetts, Edgar Allan Poe was born. Despite living a very short and difficult life, he was...

The Ghosts of St. Louis Cemetery

CULTURE | April 22, 2019

The oldest intact grave site in New Orleans, St. Louis Cemetery #1 opened in 1789. Since then it has grown and now has more than seven hundred tombs and has become the final resting ...

When was the First "Bloody Sunday?"

WORLD HISTORY | April 21, 2019

13th November 1887: Policemen fighting a contingent from Clerkenwell Green during a riot in Trafalgar Square. Source: (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images) U-2’s song, “Sunday, Blo...

A Pirate Profile: The Most Vicious Ned Low

WORLD HISTORY | April 20, 2019

Nowadays, there is glamour associated with pirates from the 17th to 18th centuries – think Johnny Depp. But curiously there was nothing glamorous about them. The vast majo...

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