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Ponce De Leon and The Fountain of Youth

WORLD HISTORY | March 17, 2019

People who graduated high school before the turn of the century will most likely remember learning about Ponce de Leon and how he discovered Florida during his quest for the fo...

Mummification and Burial Practices of Ancient Egypt

CULTURE | March 16, 2019

An early form of embalming, mummification began in ancient Egypt circa 3500 B.C. It later spread to other civilizations including Incan, Australian aboriginal, Azt...

The Legend Of Lady Godiva

WORLD HISTORY | March 15, 2019

A painting of Lady Godiva riding through town nude while a peeping Tom watches. Source: (Photo by Mark Kauffman/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images) The LegendThe legend of Lady Godiva i...

The Legend or Cibola, the Lost City of Gold

WORLD HISTORY | March 14, 2019

Tales about undiscovered cities filled with vast riches were prevalent in medieval times and several of them remain today. The story of Cibola, the seven cities of gold, or...

Pele: The Goddess Of Fire

CULTURE | March 13, 2019

The Woman who Devours the LandPele the Fire Goddess, not the soccer player, is the most well-known goddess in Hawaiian mythology. She is the goddess of fire, lightning, wind, volcanoes, and ...

Surprising Facts About Laura Ingalls Wilder

ENTERTAINMENT | March 12, 2019

Laura Ingalls Wilder (1867-1957) as schoolteacher, 1887. Found in the collection of Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum, Walnut Grove. (Photo by Fine Art Images/Heritage Images/Getty ...

The Truth Behind Eskimo Kisses

CULTURE | March 12, 2019

Spectators share a honi greeting, also called an Eskimo kiss, wearing red noses to raise awareness for the Cure Kids charity in Auckland, New Zealand. Source: (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty I...

H.H. Holmes: The Master Of Murder

WORLD HISTORY | March 11, 2019

Who Was He?H.H. Holmes was born in 1861 with the name of Herman Webster Mudgett. He was from New Hampshire. Even as a child he had a fascination with death. He was always interested ...

Sarah Winchester’s Mystery House

WORLD HISTORY | March 10, 2019

Currently, a tourist attraction in San Jose, California, the Winchester Mystery House, formerly known as Llanada Villa, was once the largest and most expensive private residence in ...

Vincent Van Gogh, The Starving Artist

WORLD HISTORY | March 9, 2019

One of the most well-known painters of all time, Vincent Van Gogh was the epitome of the starving artist. He suffered from illness, both mental and physical, and had difficulty m...

Life Of The Geisha

CULTURE | March 8, 2019

Geisha playing traditional musical instruments, Japan, 1880. Source: (The Print Collector/Print Collector/Getty Images) What is a Geisha?In Japan, a geisha is a professional woman whose job it is to...

It’s Istanbul, Not Constantinople

WORLD HISTORY | March 7, 2019

When The Four Lads released their catchy Top Ten hit, “Istanbul (Not Constantinople)” in 1953, they were making a humorous jab at the 1930 declaration by the Turkish city to offici...

Australia's Convict Colonies

WORLD HISTORY | March 6, 2019

The arrival of the first prisoners at the Botany Bay penal colony, Port Jackson. The day has become a holiday, designated the National Day of Australia. Source: (Time Life Pictures/Mansell/T...

Rosetta Stone: The Key To Deciphering Egyptian Hieroglyphics

CULTURE | March 5, 2019

Egypt fever hit British explorers and academics from roughly the late 18th century into well after Howard Carter unearthed the tomb of King Tutankhamen in ...

Queen Mary I: Bloody Mary

WORLD HISTORY | March 4, 2019

Her ChildhoodQueen Mary I was born on February 18, 1516. She was the daughter of King Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon. She was their only child. King Henry VIII had his marriage to Cather...

Rise Of The Tooth Fairy

CULTURE | March 3, 2019

All across the country, children are losing their baby teeth and putting them under their pillows at night. This unsanitary practice is motivated by the belief that a fairy will come while t...

Henry Ford and the Birth of the Model T

WORLD HISTORY | March 2, 2019

Famed industrialist and founder of the Ford Motor Company, Henry Ford is known for his creation of the Model T and his progressive strides in assembly-line factory production. ...

George Washington Carver: More Than Just The Peanut Man

WORLD HISTORY | March 1, 2019

George Washington Carver Conducts Experiments. (Original Caption) 1/25/1921. Source: (gettyimages.com) His Early LifeThe best guess of Carver’s birthday is Janua...

Living In The Dust Bowl

WORLD HISTORY | February 28, 2019

What Exactly Was The Dust Bowl?Over the span of eight years, dust storms had become commonplace whereas in the past they were very rare. The air was very dry and static charges would even shor...

Mae West: Come Up And See Me Sometime!

ENTERTAINMENT | February 27, 2019

1932: Dressed in a sequined gown, Mae West (1893 - 1980) lounges with a cigarette in her first screen role as Maudie in 'Night After Night', directed by Archie Mayo. Source: (Photo...

Charles Ponzi - An International Con Man

WORLD HISTORY | February 26, 2019

There are many people in society who try to “get rich quick.” Taking shortcuts to fame and fortune rather than trying to build up their fortunes over time through hard work an...

The Oldest City in the U.S. – St. Augustine, Florida

WORLD HISTORY | February 25, 2019

St. Augustine, Castillo de San Marcos. Source: (Photo by Wojtek BUSS/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images) The oldest continuously occupied city in the United States? Nop...

Elizabeth Báthory, The Blood Countess

WORLD HISTORY | February 24, 2019

One of the most infamous female serial killers of all time, Elizabeth Báthory, nicknamed the Blood Countess, was believed by many to be a vampire. Determining where legend ends...

The Ides of March and Other Dates to Beware

WORLD HISTORY | February 23, 2019

Some days are just born bad. Not really, but there are some days of the year which have gained a reputation for being unlucky. The most notorious of these is Friday the 13t...

The Cruelty Of Irma Grese: The Beast Of Belsen

WARS | February 22, 2019

Irma Grese, a German guard at Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, was noted for her cruelty to prisoners. She underwent a trial for war crimes in 1945. Source: (Photo by © CO...

William Tell, The Man, The Myth, The Legend

WORLD HISTORY | February 21, 2019

William Tell with a crossbow, is forced to hit the apple placed on top of his son's head, according to the legend, on November 18, 1307. Colored woodcut, XVI century. Source: ...

The Magic Of Walt Disney

ENTERTAINMENT | February 20, 2019

American producer, director, and animator Walt Disney (1901 - 1966) uses a baton to point to sketches of Disneyland, 1955. Source: (Hulton Archive/Getty Images) These days, the Walt Disney Com...

Stained Glass Windows…For The Illiterate Masses

CULTURE | February 19, 2019

Crucifixion, stained-glass window (13th century), Canterbury Cathedral (Unesco World Heritage List, 1988), England, United Kingdom. Source: (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Im...

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...