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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...

History Of The Big Band Era

CULTURE | August 19, 2019

Big Band music has been well loved by many even before the Big Band Era (1933-1947) began. This little known Jazz band, “King and Carter Jazzing Orchestra” was obviously a small group but...

The Sea That Once Was

WORLD HISTORY | August 18, 2019

The remains of the Aral Sea. Source: (Photo by Taylor Weidman/LightRocket via Getty Images) Not too long ago, the Aral Sea was the fourth-largest body of water in the world. Today what remains i...

Henry Ford's Failed Utopia

CULTURE | August 17, 2019

In the early 20th century, British plantations in Sri Lanka had cornered the rubber market. This, curiously enough, propelled the automobile innovator and magnate Henry Ford to attempt to ...

John James Audubon: Ecology's Patron Saint

ENTERTAINMENT | August 16, 2019

John James Audubon is a name associated with ecology and conservation. While most people are familiar with his renowned paintings of birds, Audubon’s story is a compelling ...

The Naga Fireballs: Supernatural Occurrence, Scientific Phenomenon, or Hoax?

CULTURE | August 15, 2019

Twice a year, a few days in May and a few days in October, glowing orbs can be seen rising from the Mekong River in northeast Thailand. No...

Natalie Wood: From Child Star To Unsolved Mystery

ENTERTAINMENT | August 14, 2019

American actress Natalie Wood (1938 - 1981), circa 1960. Source: (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Archive Photos/Getty Images) Natalie Wood was a famous actress duri...

The Oldest And Largest Car Graveyards

CULTURE | August 13, 2019

“Dean Lewis owns what he calls, "a 34-acre piece of art." He has thousands of old cars stored on his land (Called Old Car City) and since the wrecking yard business wasn't doing ...

Mount St. Helens – Fire Mountain

WORLD HISTORY | August 12, 2019

Mount St. Helens was a beautiful snow-capped mountain but its beauty was quite deceiving. Behind that beauty was a destructive force capable of massive destruction of people, prope...

Encephalitis Lethargica: The Sleepy Sickness of the 1920s

WORLD HISTORY | August 11, 2019

In the 1990 film Awakenings, Robin Williams starred as a 1960s doctor working with patients who had been left catatonic due to a 1920s epidemic of a mysteriou...

Captain John Smith: Hero or Villain?

WORLD HISTORY | August 10, 2019

John Smith was a lot of things - an explorer, cartographer, and founder of the Jamestown colony as well as a writer. He was not, however, the romantic hero that Disney made him o...

The All American Soapbox Derby

CULTURE | August 9, 2019

Nicholas Kaderabek, 12, keeps his focus as he competes in the Soap Box Derby races in Lake Forest on Saturday, December 29, 2018. Source: (Photo by Mindy Schauer/Digital First Media/Orange...

Halley’s Comet Panic Of 1910

WORLD HISTORY | August 8, 2019

An innate part of human nature is the tendency to fear things we don’t understand. And while astronomers have been devising ways to study the heavens for centuries, the space beyond ou...

Capuchin Catacombs Of Palermo

WORLD HISTORY | August 7, 2019

Tourism is one of the largest industries in the world and it seems there is a tourist attraction for every interest. History buffs might visit one of the many ruins from the ancient wor...

The Flight of the Spruce Goose

WORLD HISTORY | August 6, 2019

During World War II, Allied shipping came under heavy attack by German U-boats. As a result, the Allies looked for ways to transport men and materials safely across the Atlantic. The ...

Oliver Hazard Perry And The Battle Of Lake Erie

WARS | August 5, 2019

The Battle of Lake Erie. 1911 painting by Edward Percy Moran. Source: (Universal History Archive/Getty Images) The War of 1812 is not the sexiest war in American history...

Discovering The Rock Of Gibraltar

WORLD HISTORY | August 4, 2019

An amazing piece of real estate such as this huge rock has had people fighting over it ever since the year 711. There are a lot of hidden wonders that draw visitors to tour it now.T...

Buckingham Palace and Its Residents

CULTURE | August 3, 2019

Buckingham Palace, located in Westminster, has been the home of the royal family for many years, but this year is a special year as it is the 200th anniversary of the birth of Quee...

Marco Polo Goes to China

WORLD HISTORY | August 2, 2019

For many people, the first thing that comes to mind when they hear “Marco Polo” is a swimming pool version of the children’s game "tag."  However, those who paid attention in history class wi...

Antikythera Mechanism: A Two-Thousand-Year-Old Computer?

WORLD HISTORY | August 1, 2019

Computers are largely thought of as a 20th-century invention. After all, computers require electricity and that wasn’t harnessed until the 19th century. Howe...

Whoopee Cushions And Prank Phone Calls: The Oldest Tricks In The Book?

CULTURE | July 31, 2019

No one knows when the first prank was pulled or who was responsible for it, though it could be argued that Eve pranked Adam when she convinced hi...

The Greatest Of The Buccaneers: Sir Henry Morgan

WORLD HISTORY | July 30, 2019

Of all of history’s pirates, none have gained more fame or infamy than Sir Henry Morgan. He is best known today for having a popular brand of spiced-rum named after ...

The Story of the Dalai Lamas of Tibet

CULTURE | July 29, 2019

Buddhist monks gather to attend the Dalai Lama's visit to the historical Mahabodhi Temple. Source: (DIPTENDU DUTTA/AFP/Getty Images) While many have heard of the Dalai Lama, few r...

Karaoke – Origin and Modern Tradition

CULTURE | July 28, 2019

Tokyo, Japan: With Story Japan-Society-Karaoke. Source: (Photo from YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images - #2784489) A female patient of a Tokyo psychiatry clinic sings a song with ...

The Plains of Abraham: The Battle that Shaped Modern North America

WARS | July 27, 2019

From the time that Europeans first arrived in the Americas, colonization and conflict ruled the day. The growing overseas European empires of the Sp...

A Race To Stop Death: The Dogsled Relay That Inspired The Iditarod

CULTURE | July 26, 2019

A musher racing the Iditarod. (Photo by Jean-Erick PASQUIER/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images) When Dr. Curtis Welch informed the Mayor of Nome, Alaska tha...

The Homeric Question

ENTERTAINMENT | July 25, 2019

Most people will recognize the name Homer as the composer of the famous epic poems, "The Iliad" and "The Odyssey." Homer is the earliest Western poet whose works remain intact. However, very lit...

The Legend of the Night Marchers

CULTURE | July 24, 2019

All cultures have legends of things that go bump in the night. Some are known throughout the world while others are specific to a particular culture. The legend of the night marcher...

Superstition Mountains and the Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mine

WORLD HISTORY | July 23, 2019

With the exception of the Grand Canyon, the Superstition Mountains, located to the east of Phoenix, are the most painted and photographed landmark in Arizona...

What's Your Style? A History of Kung Fu

CULTURE | July 22, 2019

People perform kung fu during the opening ceremony of the 12th Zhengzhou (China) International Shaolin Kongfu Festival at Daixian gorge 2018 in Dengfeng, Henan Province of China. ...

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