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Fearsome, Functional Gargoyles, Then and Now

WORLD HISTORY | February 18, 2019

High atop old European churches and cathedrals, you will find the terrifying looking gargoyles. Carved of stones and resembling devilish monsters, these strange statues ha...

The Black Stallion’s Author: Walter Farley

ENTERTAINMENT | February 17, 2019

Walter Farley was born on June 26, 1915, in Syracuse, New York, the son of Walter Farley, an assistant hotel manager, and Isabel Vermilyea Farley. He always wanted to own ...

The Rediscovery of Petra By a Masquerading Explorer

WORLD HISTORY | February 16, 2019

Chances are, your first introduction to the ancient city of Petra was when it was featured in the movie, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. The incredible city car...

The Real Pirates of the Caribbean

WORLD HISTORY | February 15, 2019

There’s no Jack Sparrow or Black Pearl in the history of piracy; however, not everything about the Pirates of the Caribbean movie franchise is fictional. The pirates existed, though ...

Circus Sideshow Acts: Who Were They?

ENTERTAINMENT | February 14, 2019

The Bearded Girl. Circa 1875, Portrait of Annie Jones, the Bearded Girl (1865-1902), who was billed by P T Barnum as 'the infant Esau' 1870s. Source: (Blank Archives/Getty Images) ...

The Transcontinental Railroad: Chinese Immigrant Railroad Workers

WORLD HISTORY | February 13, 2019

During the Civil War, Congress authorized the construction of a transcontinental railroad. The railroad would connect the east to the west, spanning ...

Belle Gunness: The Killer Known As Lady Bluebeard

WORLD HISTORY | February 12, 2019

Who Is She?Belle Sorenson Gunness was born in Norway and immigrated to America in 1881. She settled in the Indiana and Illinois area. Several deaths and disappearanc...

T.V. Show Characters Inspired by Commedia Dell’Arte

ENTERTAINMENT | February 11, 2019

Commedia Dell’Arte was a form of improvisational theatre which relied heavily on stock characters and pre-established scenarios. While it was popular mostly from...

What was the Tunguska Event?

WORLD HISTORY | February 10, 2019

Young forrest at the site of the tunguska meteorite explosion nearly a century after the event, siberia, russia, 2008. Source: (Sovfoto/UIG via Getty Images) On June 30, 1908, around 7:14 ...

The Legend of the Mothman: Agent of Destruction or Harbinger of Doom?

WORLD HISTORY | February 9, 2019

In 2002, Richard Gere starred in The Mothman Prophecies, the film adaptation of the 1975 novel by the same name. The novel was written by John Kee...

Magic Flying Carpets: The Historic Version, Not The Disney Version

ENTERTAINMENT | February 8, 2019

Riding a Flying Carpet', 1880. Artist: Viktor Mihajlovic Vasnecov. Found in the collection of the State Art Museum, Nizhny Novgorod, Russia. Source: (Fi...

Sonora And Her Diving Horse

ENTERTAINMENT | February 7, 2019

ATLANTIC CITY, NY - CIRCA 1977: The Diving Horse Attraction at the Steel Pier circa 1977 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Source: (PL Gould/IMAGES/Getty Images) A Diving Horse?It is hard to im...

Who Were The Vikings?

WORLD HISTORY | February 6, 2019

The landing of the Norsemen on the coast of North America in the 11th century. From The History of Our Country, published 1899. Source: (Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty Images) Throughout...

The Banana King: The Powerful Businessman Who Helped Rescue Jews and Launch Political Coups

WORLD HISTORY | February 5, 2019

Russian-born American business executive Sam 'The Banana Man', head of the United Fruit Company, stands in front of stacks of b...

Nellie Bly: Exposing A Madhouse

WORLD HISTORY | February 4, 2019

(Original Caption) Here is a formal portrait of Nellie Bly (1867-1922), an American journalist and around the world traveler. Source: (© Bettmann/Contributor/Getty Images ) Who Was She?...

How the Black Death Decimated Europe and Asia

WORLD HISTORY | February 3, 2019

From 1346 to 1353, Europe and Asia were plagued with a highly fatal disease which would later come to be known as the Black Death. Though dissenting opinions exist, that ...

Gladiators: Who Were They?

CULTURE | February 2, 2019

History Gladiators fighting against wild animals in ancient Rome. From Ward and Lock's Illustrated History of the World, published c.1882. Source: (Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty Imag...

Will The Real Calamity Jane Please Stand Up?

WORLD HISTORY | February 1, 2019

Portrait of Calamity Jane (May 1, 1852 – August 1, 1903) sitting on her horse. She was a frontierswoman who supposedly scouted for General Custer, and later traveled with Wil...

Superstitions: Are They Just Old Wives Tales?

CULTURE | January 31, 2019

Watch Out for that Black Cat!Black cats weren’t always considered bad luck. All cats used to be revered. It was in the middle ages that it all went south for black cats. ...

Teddy Roosevelt And The Rough Riders

WARS | January 30, 2019

Who Were The Rough Riders?A ‘Rough Rider’ was a member of the United States’ 1st Volunteer Cavalry during the Spanish-American War. The group was recruited by then Assistant Secre...

Stars Of The Silent Film Era

ENTERTAINMENT | January 29, 2019

Actor Charlie Chaplin with Edna Purviance in The Cure. Source: (The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images) Charlie Chaplin: 'The Tramp'Charlie Chaplin is probably the most famous of all the...

Saloon Girls: The ‘Soiled Doves’ Of The Old West

CULTURE | January 28, 2019

The SaloonWhen one thinks of an old west town usually one includes a church, dusty dirt roads and a saloon with swinging doors. At the very beginning of the westwa...

Albert Fish, the Werewolf of Wisteria

WORLD HISTORY | January 27, 2019

One of the oldest men to be executed in the electric chair, Albert Fish earned many nicknames including the Gray Man, the Boogeyman, and the Werewolf of Wysteria. He has also bee...

The First Movies Ever Made

ENTERTAINMENT | January 26, 2019

When was the first movie ever made? The art of filmmaking started way back in the 1800s as techniques in photography led to creating moving pictures. The first actual silent film ever made...

There's Gold In Them Hills!

CULTURE | January 25, 2019

Gold!In the mid-1800s, California was still part of Mexico. Most of the people who lived there were Mexican or Spanish. There were a few others who settled there, one of them, a Swiss, Cap...

The Chicago World's Fair: The Great Columbian Carnival, 1893

ENTERTAINMENT | January 24, 2019

Color poster for the Chicago World's Fair, or the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893, proclaiming Chicago Day on October 9th, 1893, the anniversary of the C...

The Tragic Story Of The Donner Party

WORLD HISTORY | January 23, 2019

'On The Way To The Summit.' depicting the Donner Party, a group of California-bound American emigrants caught up in the ‘westering fever’ of the 1840s. Source: (Fotosearch/Getty Imag...

Daily Life During The Great Depression

WORLD HISTORY | January 22, 2019

During the Great Depression, nearly one-fourth of Americans were unemployed. People were earning 60% less than they had been— but if people had any type of employment, they were...

Elizabeth Blackwell: America's First Female Doctor

HEROES | January 21, 2019

Elizabeth Blackwell was born in 1821 in England. Her family was affluent and she was educated by private tutors. When Elizabeth was eleven, her family fell on hard...