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Why Medieval Serfs Had More Vacation Time Than You Do Today

CULTURE | October 20, 2019

Modern technology and social changes have, generally speaking, made the world a better place. Medical advances such as antibiotics, inoculation, preventativ...

When Sharks Became Dangerous: The Jersey Shore Attacks of 1916

WORLD HISTORY | October 19, 2019

Shark. Source: (Education Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images) It is hard to imagine a time when sharks were not considered dangerous, but a li...

The Lake Poets And The Romantic Era

CULTURE | October 18, 2019

Three poets had something in common who met and joined up together. Because of their comradery and combined works, they were called the Lake Poets. William WordsworthBorn in 1770,...

Friends, Romans, Countrymen: The Relationships Of Mark Antony

CULTURE | October 17, 2019

Fans of Shakespeare may remember the character of Mark Antony from The Tragedy of Julius Caesar. He’s the one whose loaded speech incites the crowd to tu...

The Ups And Downs Of Gambling

CULTURE | October 16, 2019

It would be a safe bet to say that gambling is one of mankind’s oldest pastimes. Evidence has been found which suggests that games of chance were played dating back as far as the caveme...

The Exploding Lakes Of Cameroon

WORLD HISTORY | October 15, 2019

Lakes are usually associated with serenity. The idea of a cabin by the lake is how some people dream of retiring. However, the dream would quickly become a nightmare if that once ser...

The Progression Of The Early Slavs

CULTURE | October 14, 2019

Trade in an Early East Slavic State, 19th century. Private Collection. Artist : Anonymous. Source: (Photo by Fine Art Images/Heritage Images/Getty Images#599906863) The Slavic people...

The Great Emu War Of 1932 (Yes, really)

WARS | October 13, 2019

In 1932 the Australian Army was called to the wheat belt of Western Australia to do battle with a foe with literally inhuman intuition. The enemy was neither an invading army n...

Myths And Misconceptions About Flat Earth Theory

CULTURE | October 12, 2019

Today, the term “Flat Earther” has become synonymous with “idiot.” That is to say, it is frequently used to describe anyone who harbors beliefs that go against those ...

The Independent Republic Of Vermont

WORLD HISTORY | October 11, 2019

Before becoming the fourteenth state in the United States, Vermont was actually an independent country, declaring its independence on January 15, 1777, and remaining that way until...

Oldest And Scariest Bridges

WORLD HISTORY | October 10, 2019

Vehicles move along Eshima Ohashi rigid-frame bridge connecting Matsue, Shimane Prefecture, and Sakaiminato, Tottori Prefecture, over Lake Nakaumi. Bridges come in all sizes, shapes, and l...

Was Lewis Carroll A Pedophile?

CULTURE | October 9, 2019

English mathematician, writer and photographer Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, better known as Lewis Carroll (1832 - 1898) with Mrs George Macdonald and four children relaxing in a garden. Sourc...

History Of The Eagle - An American Symbol

CULTURE | October 8, 2019

The Bald Eagle became a national seal for the United States just a few years (1782) after the Declaration of Independence in 1776. But why a bald eagle?Like the Roman Empire...

Rounding The Horn!

WORLD HISTORY | October 7, 2019

Source: (Photo by Yves Forestier/Sygma via Getty Images) At 55°58′ S, 67°16′ W sits a lonely promontory of stone seemingly at the very edge of the world. Cape Horn, the rocky southern headland at t...

What Are Totem Poles?

CULTURE | October 6, 2019

Source: (Photo by Wolfgang Kaehler/LightRocket via Getty Images) Everybody thinks they know what a totem pole is, but in actuality, few fully understand its origin, symbolism, social importance, ...

Isandlwana: The Battle that Shook the British Empire

WARS | October 5, 2019

Reenactment of the Battle of Isandlwana. Source: (RAJESH JANTILAL/AFP/Getty Images) The nineteenth century was the apogee of European imperialism. At the front of ...

The People of the Longhouse: The Iroquois League

CULTURE | October 4, 2019

In the northeast of what was to be the United States an American Indian people united into one of the most powerful Native American coalitions in North America. It wa...

Couple With Record-breaking Number Of Marriages

CULTURE | October 3, 2019

The institution of marriage means different things to different people. Some people would rather be institutionalized than to be married. Other people throughout hist...

Legend Of The Phoenix

CULTURE | October 2, 2019

The Phoenix is a legendary bird known for its ability to live hundreds of years before dying in a burst of flames only to be reborn from the ashes. Variations of the legend exist in folklore th...

What Happened to the Greenland Norse?

CULTURE | October 1, 2019

For four centuries the Norse Vikings had a colony on Greenland that had regular contact with Europe.One day it vanished. What happened? Erik the RedThe story begins in ab...

History Of Pets

CULTURE | September 30, 2019

According to the pet industry statistics reported by Smithsonian.com in 2016, “Americans own some 78 million dogs, 85 million cats, 14 million birds, 12 million small mammals, and 9 million reptiles.”...

The Politics And Poetry Of John Milton

CULTURE | September 29, 2019

Best known for writing Paradise Lost, John Milton was a 17th Century historian and writer, engaging in both poetry and prose. His political influence during his lifetime impacte...

History Of Animated Cartoons

ENTERTAINMENT | September 28, 2019

Today’s most popular cartoons have been turned into some really entertaining movies not only for children but adults as well. Well-known characters from the cartoons, comic strips, and c...

Mumtaz Mahal: The Woman Who Inspired The Taj Mahal

WORLD HISTORY | September 27, 2019

The Taj Mahal in 2019. Source: (Photo by Diego Cupolo/NurPhoto via Getty Images) If you were asked "What is the most popular tourist attraction in India?" you would m...

Are Unicorns Real?

ENTERTAINMENT | September 26, 2019

While today unicorns are thought of as fairy tale creatures, ancient cultures believed them to be real, even including them in their natural history books. While there is no scientific evidence th...

The Underappreciated William Blake

CULTURE | September 25, 2019

circa 1800: English mystic, poet, painter and engraver, William Blake (1757 - 1827) and his wife Catherine (1762 - 1831). Original Publication: From a sketch by William Blake. Source: ...

The King Of Chefs And The Chef Of Kings: Georges-Auguste Escoffier

CULTURE | September 24, 2019

Diners at the Savoy Restaurant, London, circa 1890. Source: (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images) No person has had a greater impact on dining and ho...

The Days Of The Locusts: The Great Swarm Of 1874

WORLD HISTORY | September 23, 2019

A modern-day locust swarm in Madagascar. Source: ( RIJASOLO/AFP/Getty Images) Plagues of locusts are something that most people associate with stories from the Bible or...

A Heroic Event in History That Changed Lives

CULTURE | September 22, 2019

(Original Caption) Scott Shaw of the Odessa (Texas) American won the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for spot news photography for this photo, taken October 16, 1987, of 18-month-old ...

Cenotes Of The Yucatan Peninsula

WORLD HISTORY | September 21, 2019

Popular among tourists in Mexico are the Cenotes, whose name comes from the Mayan word “ts’onot” which was used to describe an underground water source. There are more than six thous...

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