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CULTURE

Unusual Funeral Rituals

March 21, 2019

Death Of A Viking. Circa 800 AD, The Funeral Of A Viking around 800AD from a painting by Frank Dicksee ( - 1928). Source: (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images) The Viking FuneralUsually, when ...

The Historic Reason Why Some Countries Drive On The Lef...

March 20, 2019

A British taxi drives on the left side of the road. Sources: (Photo by ISABEL INFANTES / AFP) (Photo credit should read ISABEL INFANTES/AFP/Getty Images) If y...

Get Your Kicks On Route 66

March 19, 2019

1957 Chevy Welcomes travelers to Barstow California and old Route 66. (Photo by: Visions of America/UIG via Getty Images) 1957 Chevy Welcomes travelers to Barstow California and old Route 66. ...

Mummification and Burial Practices of Ancient Egypt

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...

Pele: The Goddess Of Fire

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 ...

The Truth Behind Eskimo Kisses

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...

Life Of The Geisha

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...

Rosetta Stone: The Key To Deciphering Egyptian Hierogly...

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 19...

Rise Of The Tooth Fairy

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...

Stained Glass Windows…For The Illiterate Masses

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...

Gladiators: Who Were They?

February 2, 2019

History Gladiators fighting against wild animals in ancient Rome. From Ward and Lock's Illustrated History of the World, published c.1882. Source: (Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty Imag...

Superstitions: Are They Just Old Wives Tales?

January 31, 2019

Watch Out for that Black Cat!Black cats weren’t always considered bad luck. All cats used to be revered. It was in the middle ages that it all went south for black cats. ...

Saloon Girls: The ‘Soiled Doves’ Of The Old West

January 28, 2019

The SaloonWhen one thinks of an old west town usually one includes a church, dusty dirt roads and a saloon with swinging doors. At the very beginning of the westwa...

There's Gold In Them Hills!

January 25, 2019

Gold!In the mid-1800s, California was still part of Mexico. Most of the people who lived there were Mexican or Spanish. There were a few others who settled there, one of them, a Swiss, Cap...

Up In Smoke: The History Of Tobacco

January 20, 2019

Tobacco, known scientifically as Nicotiana tabacum of the Nicotiana genus, is closely related to nightshade, a genus known for its poisonous species. Therefore, the devastating eff...

Life Before Indoor Plumbing

January 18, 2019

Castle Hill Mansion on The Crane Estate, Ipswich, MA. A 59-room Stuart-style mansion designed by architect David Adler circa 1928. Source: (Jumping Rocks/UIG via Getty Images) When we ne...

Rosie The Riveter

January 13, 2019

When we think of women in the WWII era, often times the iconic image of Rosie The Riveter comes to mind. WWII gave women a chance to earn their own money and help with the war effort. The “Riveters...

Diet Fads Throughout History

January 6, 2019

These days, there is a diet fad to fit every lifestyle. From counting calories to counting carbs, cutting out an entire food group to eating only one type of food, each fad claims to hav...

Famous Outlaw Women of the Wild West

January 4, 2019

What comes to mind when you think about women of the Old West? Women following their husbands to find land or gold? They had to be tough, but not all women followed a man. Ther...

Traveling Medicine Shows Of The Old West

January 1, 2019

Traveling Medicine Shows were really popular in the late 1800s and early 1900s. A Medicine Show was a traveling group that held performances and entertainment to lure people i...

A Tale of Four Brothers

December 25, 2018

Once upon a time in Texas, there lived four brothers. Their names were Willis, Joe, Jess, and Wylie (Doc), and they were just four out of eleven children born to Jim and Janetta Pecos Anderson...

60 Vintage Photos That Will Spark Your Curiosity Of The...

December 21, 2018

Did you know Muhammad Ali and Elvis Presley were actually close friends? Well they were - and we have the photo to prove it, plus a lot of amazing shots. That's ...

American Prohibition And Bootlegging

December 21, 2018

The term “bootlegging” imparts images of rough and tumble men making moonshine up in the hills. That is certainly part of it, but there is much more to know. Bootlegging is defi...

Schools In The 1800s – Insight Into the Life of a Pione...

December 20, 2018

One Room Schoolhouse, A one room school house with the children of all ages, Grand Junction, Michigan, late 1880s or early 1890s. (Photo by Underwood Archives...

The Reality of Childbirth in the 1800s

December 13, 2018

Maternity', C1880S.Maternity', c1880s. Artist: Eugene Carriere. (Photo by National Museum & Galleries of Wales Enterprises Limited/Heritage Images/Getty Images) In the 1800s chil...

Christmas Past

December 12, 2018

UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 1800: Christmas day on board ship in the north sea during the First World War. The captain samples the men's food. From The Illustrated War News published 1914 (Photo by Universal Hist...

Digging Up Bones

December 9, 2018

Archaeological finds can lead to some interesting information and stories from the past. Some of those stories are true but there are others that come from myths or theories but are still very intrigu...

The Most Powerful Aztec God had the Hummingbird as his ...

November 23, 2018

When you think of fierce, strong, noble animals…ones that would be a perfect symbol of the supreme power wielded by an all-mighty Aztec god, you would probabl...

Dancing Bears in European Royal Courts

November 21, 2018

Bear Dance in Rome, etching by Bartolomeo Pinelli. (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images) For centuries, the royal courts of Europe sought out unique forms of entertainment, from mins...

Art in Unusual Places

November 20, 2018

While canvas may now be considered the most common surface for painting, artists did not begin using it until the 15th Century. In the more distant past, artists had to be a bit more creative in ...

Madness, Mysticism and Murder: The Mad Monk, Rasputin

November 13, 2018

The meteoric rise of Grigori Rasputin from a peasant farm in Siberia to the most trusted confidant of the Czarina of Russia and the mystic healer of her son is a l...

Capital Punishment: How It Worked. 

April 1, 2017

Death Penalty, also known as Capital Punishment is a sentence or punishment of death for individuals who have been convicted of crimes of treason, terrorism, espionage, federal mur...

Vintage Ads That Would Never Be Allowed Today

March 31, 2017

No one likes having to relive the days when men thought women to be lesser creatures, both in strength and intelligence. Thinking that woman were only there to satisfy men in ...

Photos Taken Right Before Tragic Moments In History

March 25, 2017

We often get to see the aftermath of many tragedies, because it's far easier to see it after it happened than seconds before, or even while it's happening. Well we've co...

WW2 Photos They Never Show In History Books

March 16, 2017

Resilient London Bridge World War Two was one of the most trying times in the history of mankind, and almost 72 years later, it is still being talked and written about. However,...

Rare Photos Reveal A Different Side To History Than You...

March 15, 2017

The world has a pretty colorful history. It has seen both incredible beauty as well as indescribable horrors. These things come manifest as wars, peace treaties, ...

Rare Photos Reveal The Scandalous History Of Las Vegas

March 14, 2017

Today, we all know Vegas to be one of the best party cities and entertainment capitals of the world. But do you know how this amazing city came to be? Do you know who...

America's Sweethearts Of the Past

March 11, 2017

Over the years, there have been more than a few women that America has fallen in love with. Some of them have been officially labeled as 'America's Sweethearts', while others have just wo...

Rare Photos Reveal The Most Powerful (And Entertaining)...

March 6, 2017

Thanks to the many brilliant minds in history, we are able to have many modern comforts today. Can you imagine what life would be like without wheels, refrigerati...

Physical Education 80 years ago

February 27, 2017

Before 1937, Physical Education (PE) classes were not as established as they are now. In fact, few schools had gymnasiums, sports fields, or playgrounds. The evolution of PE is quite an...

WWII Shower Methods 

February 27, 2017

The grit and crime of war is not just evident on the bodies that lay sprawled out in the open, but in the dirt and mess that was also left on the minds and hands of soldiers. Shower time during W...

Virginia Hall: Professional US Spy

February 27, 2017

Virginia Hall Goillot MBE was born on April 6, 1906 in Baltimore, Maryland and like most young persons her age at the time, wanted to make some contribution to the ongoing internatio...

Emilie Marie Bouchau And Her Tiny 16 Inch Waist

February 27, 2017

Emilie Marie Bouchaud better known as her stage name, Polaire (meaning Pole Star), born on May 14th 1874 in Algiers, Algeria, was a French entertainer. Born into a famil...

The Stone Baby: Being Pregnant For 60 years

February 27, 2017

In humans, the average period for gestation is between eight and ten months. The exceptions to this occur in cases where the fetuses are delivered prematurely and encounter ...

The Most Terrifying Dentistry Tools In History

February 27, 2017

The word odontology comes from the Greek word odous meaning tooth; hence odontology is in essence the study of the structure and diseases of the teeth. The oldest record ...

Working Women Of WWI

February 26, 2017

Women’s role in society has attempted to be defined in so many different ways for so many years. Every time a new definition of a woman’s role comes about, it is challenged by women who go above a...

Chernobyl: Then And Now

February 26, 2017

The Chernobyl Disaster or more commonly known simply as Chernobyl, is one of the most infamous nuclear disasters ever to occur. Located in Pripyat, part of the now defunct Ukrainian Soviet Soc...

The Story Of Lina Medina- The World's Youngest Mother

February 26, 2017

Motherhood is a rite of passage that most women choose to take. Most women plan out the birth of their child and prepare for it mentally and physically. Some women...

Why Were The Victorians So Serious?

February 26, 2017

If you’ve looked back at pictures from the Victorian era, then you’ve definitely noticed that nobody is smiling. Everybody looks so serious, that the pictures suggest that people in...

World War II Military Slang 

February 26, 2017

Similar to how babies have their own language, soldiers in the military have created their own line of communication. Slang changes with the time and its no different in the military. The...

Animals Who Went To War (WWI)

February 26, 2017

In addition to the 65 million men who served in World War One, 16 million animals joined them. These animals aided in saving lives and offering comfort in the worst conditions. Whether th...

How Coffins Saved Lives During WWII

February 25, 2017

In most countries around the world, one of the major symbols of death is a coffin. It is seen as a resting spot for the bodies of the deceased before they are buried in the ground. ...

Infamous Last Words From The Most Iconic People In Hist...

February 25, 2017

Ever heard of the phrase “famous last words”? Well these celebrities may not know it, but some of their last words were pretty telling. In fact, some of them ...

Life in Japan In The 1800s

February 25, 2017

The late 19th Century marked the end of the 264-year long isolationist, stagnant Edo period and the ushering in of the Meiji Restoration. Life in Japan between 1860 and 1900 was marked by dr...

The History Of Miss Universe 

February 25, 2017

The Miss Universe pageant started in 1952; it was competition which required a combination of beauty, brains and class. Women from all over the world competed in this prestigious pageant...

Abraham Lincoln through the years

February 25, 2017

Abraham Lincoln was born on February 12, 1809, in a one-room, wooden cabin at Sinking Spring Farm in Hodgenville, Kentucky. Abraham was the second child of his parents Thomas Lincoln ...

College Dorm Life 110 Years Ago

February 25, 2017

It’s hard to imagine what college dorm life was like in the early 1900’s. How did people learn before the internet? Was there even electricity or indoor plumbing? While a lot of things ...

Now And Then - WW2 Edition

February 25, 2017

World War II was a time of great unrest and uncertainty , soldiers roamed the streets of cities at war , casualties bodies laid out on open streets and fear remained in the hearts of those who o...

Vintage Photos Of Alaskan Settlers

February 25, 2017

When you think of Alaska, Russia may not be the first thing that comes to mind. Thousands of years ago, Paleolithic people moved into Alaska from the Bering Land Bridge, and continue...

The Part Of WWII That Is Still Hard To Talk About

February 24, 2017

An era of bloodshed, bombs and totalitarian power are the watermarks left by World War II. With over 60 million lives taken, World War II was one of the largest and bl...

What You Didn't Know About Leo Da Vinci

February 24, 2017

You may know Leonardo da Vinci as the artist who painted the “Mona Lisa” and “The Last Supper”. You may also know that he was a product of the Renaissance era and was a renowned...

Beauty Across The World From Over 100 Years Ago

February 24, 2017

Human beings come in all shapes, sizes and colors, which makes life worth living and people worth getting to know. Every country’s people have certain specific character...

Historic Moments Photographed For The First Time Ever

February 22, 2017

In a world where you can just pick up your phone and take a picture, it is hard to imagine a time when photographs didn’t exist. The idea of a device capable of ca...

The Broken Faces Of WWI 

February 22, 2017

Over 11 million military personnel lost their lives in battle during World War I and almost double that amount were wounded. Many ex-soldiers were forced to live with a face that they didn’t ...

Vintage Daredevil Stunts

February 22, 2017

Entertainment has always featured risky behavior, the riskier, the better and the more enthralled the audience seemed to be. Daredevils represent a certain need in all of us to push the bounda...

The Most Dapper Men Of The Victorian Era

February 22, 2017

Distinguished from other eras by top hats, canes, three piece suits, side-burns and a high level of class were the dapper gentlemen of the Victorian Era. To be dapper meant to ...

Vintage Photos Of Pioneer Life In The Old West

February 22, 2017

In the 1800’s many Americans left the populated regions and ventured west to develop and settle in new lands. Unlike the city-dwellers in the east, Pioneers had to be sel...

Photos That Capture The Native American Lifestyle From ...

February 22, 2017

Before they were marginalised by European settlers, Native Americans had a vibrant culture. It is believed that up to six-hundred tribes occupied the country ...