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The Dark Ages – Just How Dark Was It?

November 18, 2019

Crowds fill the gigantic Roman Forum in a scene from the film The Fall Of The Roman Empire, 1964. Source: (Paramount/Getty Images-138573964) What has been referred to as “The Da...

Justice Joseph Crater: The Missingest Man in New York

November 17, 2019

Most people are at least somewhat familiar with the mysterious disappearances of Jimmy Hoffa and Amelia Earhart; however, before either of them disappeared, there...

The Origins Of La Llorona: The Weeping Woman

November 16, 2019

A dark-haired woman in a long white gown haunts rivers and lakes, searching for her drowned children. No one, especially children, dare go near her for fear she will drag...

If Walls Could Speak

November 11, 2019

Walls have been built and used throughout history for various reasons. Usually, walls are built to either keep people in or keep people out or a combination of both. Sometimes it is just a form...

Leonardo Da Vinci's Incredible Inventions

November 10, 2019

Multi-barrelled gun, sketch by Leonardo da Vinci. Source: (Photo by SSPL/Getty Images) Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519), is the penultimate “Renaissance Man.” Known best for his ...

Forecasting the Future With the Oracle Of Delphi

November 9, 2019

Consulting the Delphic Oracle. Source: (Universal History Archive/Getty Images) The most important religious site in Ancient Greece was the Temple of Apollo at Delphi. ...

The Legend Of Bloody Mary

November 7, 2019

From urban legend to horror movie trope, the Legend of Bloody Mary has been terrifying teenagers for years. But is any of it real? With most legends, there is at least some element of trut...

Love After Death: The Story Of Carl Tanzler And Maria E...

November 6, 2019

Traditional wedding vows usually contain phrases such as “until death do us part” or “as long as we both shall live,” but for a deranged doctor named Carl Ta...

How Designs Have Changed Throughout History

November 5, 2019

Ever thought about becoming an interior designer? Looking back in time, some of the designs that we consider to be antique designs are still used today to purposely create ...

The Mysterious Moving Chase Coffins

November 1, 2019

Moving coffins? Is that really possible? Fact or Fiction?There are some very wild tales that float around. People love to tell ghost stories, especially during the Halloween sea...

The Mystery Of The Gurdon Ghost Light

October 31, 2019

About the only thing people can agree on regarding the Gurdon Ghost Light is that it actually exists. Not only has it been seen and photographed by numerous tourists, but it als...

The Hotel Monteleone Of The New Orleans French Quarter

October 30, 2019

Often hailed as the most haunted city in the United States, New Orleans is home to a number of locations reputed to house the undead. Among those locations is t...

The Way Of Ancient Sparta

October 28, 2019

Greek hoplite reenactment. Source: (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images) When most people think of the historic Spartans, they think of Frank Miller’s 300 in which bare-chested Spartans hold off...

Rolls And Royce

October 27, 2019

Charles Rolls, c1905. Source: (National Motor Museum/Heritage Images/Getty Images) Rolls set up a business selling French and Belgian cars before going into partnership with Henry Royce, forming the mo...

His Name Was Popov, Dusko Popov

October 26, 2019

James Bond, the protagonist and titular character of Ian Fleming’s popular spy series, is possibly the most well-known fictional spy in existence. However, a closer look at a former a...

Coffee Break – The History Of Caffeine

October 23, 2019

Coffee is something some people depend on these days to help them start their day while others simply enjoy sitting down with a good cup of “Joe.” Where did coffee actually c...

Who Were The Samurai?

October 22, 2019

Source: (The Print Collector/Print Collector/Getty Images) The samurai of premodern Japan is one of history’s most famous warrior castes. Their strict adherence to a martial code, their renowned...

David Douglas, The Overzealous Botanist

October 21, 2019

Douglas Fir in Quinault Forest Olympic National Park Washington USA. Source: (Avalon/Universal Images Group via Getty Images) Botany, the study of plants, may seem like a dull s...

Why Medieval Serfs Had More Vacation Time Than You Do T...

October 20, 2019

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

The Lake Poets And The Romantic Era

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 ...

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 turn ...

The Ups And Downs Of Gambling

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 Progression Of The Early Slavs

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...

Myths And Misconceptions About Flat Earth Theory

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 ...

Was Lewis Carroll A Pedophile?

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

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...

What Are Totem Poles?

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, ...

The People of the Longhouse: The Iroquois League

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

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

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?

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

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

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...

The Underappreciated William Blake

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-August...

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 hospitalit...

A Heroic Event in History That Changed Lives

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 ...

Silk And Smugglers

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...

Tiny Bird Mansions Of The Ottoman Empire

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 Famous Hurricane Party That Never Happened

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...

Things Unseen But Have Tremendous Power

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

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?

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...

Ancient India – Stepping Stones To Modern Technology

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...

Turning Back The Clock: Pleistocene Park

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...

The Unsolved Mystery Of The Dyatlov Pass Incident

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

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

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

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?

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

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...

Henry Ford's Failed Utopia

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 ...

The Naga Fireballs: Supernatural Occurrence, Scientific...

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 one knows exactly...

The Oldest And Largest Car Graveyards

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 ...

The All American Soapbox Derby

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...

Buckingham Palace and Its Residents

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...

Whoopee Cushions And Prank Phone Calls: The Oldest Tric...

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 him to taste t...

The Story of the Dalai Lamas of Tibet

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

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 ...

A Race To Stop Death: The Dogsled Relay That Inspired T...

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 that the to...

The Legend of the Night Marchers

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...

What's Your Style? A History of Kung Fu

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. ...

Australia – From Aboriginals To Crocodiles

July 20, 2019

Australia is a unique country with some interesting details in its history. There is more to appreciate besides just that Australian accent and the crocodile movies that ...

Who Were the Habsburgs?

July 18, 2019

Portraits of members of the Habsburg family, fresco depicting the family tree, 1507-08. Source: (Photo by Albert Ceolan / De Agostini Picture Library via Getty Images) In terms of historically ...

Fireworks: An Explosive Tradition

July 16, 2019

Fireworks are a common sight in the United States, lighting up the skies every 4th of July as well as at midnight each new year. They can also be seen as part of the nighttime shows...

Early Adoption Practices: Child Slavery in Disguise?

July 15, 2019

Today, adoption is considered a blessing. A couple who wants a child but can’t conceive is united with a child in need of parents in what is ideally the perfect s...

Dance Hall Girls Of The Old West

July 13, 2019

In the Old West, dance hall girls were hired in saloons as a form of entertainment for the men of that time. Not only was it a profitable way for the owners to sell more drinks but a...

British Caricaturists and James Gillray

July 11, 2019

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 15: A portrait of late 18th century caricaturist James Gillray is seen in a book of his work at the Victoria and Albert Museum on December 15, 2009 in E...

Bizarre Facts About Tycho Brahe

July 8, 2019

Tycho Brahe was a Danish astronomer whose observations laid the groundwork for the likes of Sir Isaac Newton. As a scientist, his work was unprecedented. But there are a few details ...

How the Horse Impacted the Plains Indians

July 6, 2019

One of the most common images in historical memory is that of an American Plains Indian sitting astride a mustang ready to hunt a herd of buffalo. Curiously, the horse was a...

The History of Gnomes – Gnomania

July 3, 2019

Typical gnomes are those little stone garden people always hanging around in people’s gardens. They are usually colorful with white beards, puffy cheeks, and wearing a dunce cap. G...

The Hanging Gardens of Nineveh?

July 1, 2019

Of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon remain the most elusive and intriguing. Of the Wonders, the Hanging Gardens is the only one with no archaeol...

The Y2K Scare of 1999

June 29, 2019

At the end of the Twentieth Century, many people were panicking. They were stocking up on nonperishable food, camping equipment, batteries, fuel, and various other survival necessities – all in...

How Roman Legions Worked

June 28, 2019

Among the great civilizations in history, the Roman Empire stands among the top for its lasting influence on Western culture. But its power was due in large part to the power of the famous ...

The Medieval Tournament

June 25, 2019

 Most people’s experience of the medieval tournament goes as far as attendance at a summer Renaissance Faire and watching faux knights duke it out while gnawing on turkey legs and washing it d...