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Silk And Smugglers

CULTURE | September 18, 2019

Silken robes of the Imperial Court of China. Source: (Photo by Zhang Peng/LightRocket via Getty Images) Silk has always been considered one of the most luxurious fabrics available throughout history...

Why Did Hannibal Lose?

WARS | September 17, 2019

The Fight between Scipio Africanus and Hannibal, c. 1616-1618. Artist: Cesari, Bernardino (1565-1621) Source: (Photo by Fine Art Images/Heritage Images/Getty Images) If one had to list the great...

Tiny Bird Mansions Of The Ottoman Empire

CULTURE | September 16, 2019

While it no longer exists, the Ottoman Empire, which lasted from the 14th to the early 20th century, was once one of the most powerful empires in the world. It encompassed a ...

The Storming Of The Bastille

WORLD HISTORY | September 15, 2019

Every year on July 14, the French celebrate Bastille Day, the anniversary of the day in 1789 when the citizens of Paris stormed the 14th-century gothic prison known as the Bastille. The ...

The Famous Hurricane Party That Never Happened

CULTURE | September 14, 2019

“This is the site of the Richelieu Apartments in Pass Christian, Mississippi. This is the place where twenty-three people laughed in the face of death. And where twent...

A Butterfly in the Sun: The Mysterious Mata Hari

CULTURE | September 13, 2019

Mata Hari. Found in the collection of Bibliothèque Nationale de France. Source: (Photo by Fine Art Images/Heritage Images/Getty Images) The historical archetype for the...

High Heels – Not Just For Women

CULTURE | September 12, 2019

Who came up with the idea of high heels – a shoe that medically is not even recommended for women to wear? High heel shoes can destroy the arches of the feet, cause sciatica and bac...

The Irish Hunger Strikes Of 1980 And 1981

CULTURE | September 11, 2019

May 1981: A policeman talking to IRA sympathizers bearing banners on behalf of the hunger striker Bobby Sands, during a May Day march at Clerkenwell Green in London. Source: (Ph...

The Rise and Fall of the Inca Empire

CULTURE | September 10, 2019

Ruins of Inca city on Machu Picchu. | Location: Urubamba Province, Peru. Source: (Photo by Jacques Haillot/Sygma via Getty Images) The Inca Empire was the largest empire in the wes...

How Dragons Conquered The World

CULTURE | September 9, 2019

Unlike creatures such as the Minotaur and the Hydra which are rarely seen outside of Greek mythology, dragons have endured across many cultures and range from fire-breathing, treasure-...

The White Witch of Rose Hall

CULTURE | September 8, 2019

A popular tourist location in Jamaica, Rose Hall is an eighteenth-century plantation manor. While seven hundred such houses once existed in Jamaica, Rose Hall is one of only fifteen to h...

Baseball's Upstart Federal League

ENTERTAINMENT | September 7, 2019

Pennant features baseball player Joe Tinker of the Chicago Federals (later known as the Chicago Whales), Chicago, Illinois, 1914. Source: (Photo by Transcendental Graphics/Getty Images)...

The Palace of Versailles

WORLD HISTORY | September 6, 2019

Of all the royal residences in the world, none have such splendor as Le Château de Versailles in the Île-de-France region, south-west of Paris. While no king or queen resides in the palace t...

Sir William Curtis – Reading, Writing, And Arithmetic

WORLD HISTORY | September 5, 2019

Where did the three “R’s” come from anyway? It has always been said that we need to go to school to learn reading, writing, and arithmetic, but who decided on ...

Things Unseen But Have Tremendous Power

CULTURE | September 4, 2019

Ever stop to think about all the invisible things in the world that are invisible yet so powerful? It is not hard to imagine the power in the tangible things, which we are abl...

The New York City Draft Riots

CULTURE | September 3, 2019

Ten days after the Union’s famous victory at the Battle of Gettysburg, New York City erupted in one of the most violent and racially-charged civil disturbances in American history. ...

Who Was Robin Hood?

CULTURE | September 2, 2019

Outlaw and folk hero Robin Hood and his Merry Men entertain King Richard the Lionheart in Sherwood Forest. Painted in 1839. Artist dates: 1806 - 1870. Source: (Photo by Daniel Maclise Fine Art Photog...

The Christmas Truce Of 1914

WORLD HISTORY | September 1, 2019

War is terrible at any time of the year, particularly when that war is World War I, the horror of which is overshadowed only by that of World War II. Being stuck in the trenches on Christ...

Ancient India – Stepping Stones To Modern Technology

CULTURE | August 31, 2019

ORCHA, MADHYA PRADESH, INDIA - 1998/01/01: Abandoned ancient Hindu temples of the 16th century. Source: (Photo by Alberto Buzzola/LightRocket via Getty Images 15868...

Spymaster "Wild Bill" Donovan

WARS | August 30, 2019

On New Year’s Day, 1883, William Joseph Donovan was born in Buffalo, New York. He was to become an American hero, earning the Medal of Honor during World War I as well as becoming the c...

Origin And Use of Chess – Not Just A Game

ENTERTAINMENT | August 29, 2019

Chess is a highly challenging game that is not just a game to play for fun but also used as a teaching tool for learning various types of math and programming techniques. ...

Mokele-Mbembe: The Living Dinosaur?

WORLD HISTORY | August 28, 2019

While there may be some debate over exactly how long ago dinosaurs roamed the Earth, the one thing that is unanimously agreed upon is that they are now extinct. After all, if dino...

Soren Sorensen Adams: The King Of Professional Pranksters

ENTERTAINMENT | August 27, 2019

Soren Sorensen Adams, also known as Sam Adams, was a Danish-American inventor and businessman during the 20th century and is considered to be the father of th...

Turning Back The Clock: Pleistocene Park

CULTURE | August 26, 2019

In a remote corner of eastern Siberia along the Kolyma River, a grand experiment has been underway since the 1990s. Its short term objective is to turn back the historic cloc...

Lake Peigneur And The Diamond Crystal Salt Mine Disaster

WORLD HISTORY | August 25, 2019

About a two-and-a-half-hour drive west of New Orleans sits a placid lake that for all its unassuming looks was the scene of one of the most bizarre disasters i...

The Unsolved Mystery Of The Dyatlov Pass Incident

CULTURE | August 24, 2019

On January 31, 1959, a group of nine students from the Ural Polytechnical Institute, led by twenty-three-year-old Igor Dyatlov, hiked into the Ural Mountains, intent ...

The Dark History Of Poveglia

CULTURE | August 23, 2019

Located in the Venice Lagoon off the coast of Northern Italy is a small island with a big history. A history of disease, torture, and death. That island is Poveglia and, due to its dark...

Hetty Green: The Witch Of Wall Street

CULTURE | August 22, 2019

Nicknamed the “Witch of Wall Street,” Hetty Green was a real-life female Ebenezer Scrooge. She was a financier during the 19th and early 20th centuries and was the richest woman...

Where Opera Originated From

CULTURE | August 21, 2019

Operas were put on by royalty as a way of showing off how wealthy they were. They used this form of entertainment to impress dignitaries especially when a celebration was in order such as...

Who Was The Real Robinson Crusoe?

CULTURE | August 20, 2019

Robinson Crusoe Island. Source: (Photo by Wolfgang Kaehler/LightRocket via Getty Images) Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe is one of English literature’s most cherished works and is ofte...

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