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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...

The Disappearance of D.B. Cooper

June 24, 2019

One of the longest manhunts in FBI history was for a man by the alias of Dan Cooper, later referred to as D.B. Cooper. After hijacking a plane and parachuting out with the ransom mon...

The Reign of Terror

June 23, 2019

The Reign of Terror, which lasted from September 1793 to July 1794, was a bloody time in France’s history. Characterized by violence and paranoia, it led to the deaths of thousands of alleged ene...

Ancient Crannogs Of Ireland And Scotland

June 20, 2019

Reconstructed 2500 year old crannog, prehistoric dwelling at the Scottish Crannog Centre on Loch Tay near Kenmore, Perth and Kinross, Scotland, UK. Source: (Photo by: Arterra/Uni...

How Organized Crime Got Organized

June 16, 2019

Three gangsters involved in a shoot-out at a gas station, in a scene from an unidentified film, circa 1935. Source: (Photo by Lass/Frederic lewis/Archive Photos/Getty Images) From 193...

The Mysterious Tribe of North Sentinel Island

June 7, 2019

The idea of modern-day societies encountering cultures and people who have not met outsiders may seem like a throwback to the Age of Discovery. However, there are still ...

Searching For Love Throughout History

June 5, 2019

These days, the search for true love often involves swiping left or right on a smartphone, though any people look down on the use of such dating apps. Some consider them to inef...

Heroes Versus Villains Throughout History

June 4, 2019

There are a lot of heroes down through history that have been recognized for their place in history or have simply become household names because of their popularity. Villain...

The Three Sacred Treasures of Japan

June 2, 2019

Many monarchies have regalia which represent centuries of tradition and history. These, such as in the United Kingdom include crowns, jewels, scepters, and orbs. But few are quit...

History of Windmills

June 1, 2019

There have been different types and forms of windmills throughout history. The various types were created for different purposes. The very first person to use the windmill idea was Heron of Ale...

History of Milk and Egg Home Delivery Service

May 30, 2019

Home deliveries of milk and eggs, as well as ice cream, were very common back in the early 1800-1900s but today are very rare. In the beginning, milk was delivered using...

How It Used To Be: Doctors And House Calls

May 28, 2019

Back in the 1800s, it was common practice for family doctors to go to the homes of their patients rather than the patients going to see them. Even in the middle of the night...

Lost Writing Systems of the Ancient World

May 25, 2019

There are a number of ways in which historians, archaeologists, and other scholars learn about ancient civilizations and their cultures. Artifacts and monuments are importan...

Tammany Hall: History’s Most Notorious Political Machin...

May 23, 2019

Nowadays, there are sometimes accusations of corruption in American politics, either real or supposed. Either way, it does well to recall one of the most ...

The Zodiac Killer: California’s Jack the Ripper

May 21, 2019

One of the most infamous serial killers in history, Jack the Ripper terrorized London during the late 19th century. Nearly eighty years later, Northern California fa...

How Did Haute Cuisine Come to America?

May 14, 2019

To Europeans in the early 19th century, American cuisine was crude. Americans ate too fast. They slurped and scarfed down the main meal of the day in twenty minutes. There wa...

Beer: Yesteryear's Energy Drink

May 10, 2019

Carnival: 'The King Drinks' David Teniers the Younger. Source: (wikiart.org/en) Nowadays, if you saw a child, say under the age of five, chugging down a beer at a restaurant not only mi...

From Davy Jones’s Locker to the Flying Dutchman: The Or...

May 9, 2019

Many people will recognize Davy Jones as the name of the tentacle-faced villain of Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean movies. Others may remember him from ...

The Desert Sands of Ancient Egypt

May 4, 2019

There is a lot more to Egypt than just the sands of its deserts. Even though there is no rain in Egypt, the Ancient Egyptian culture has produced historical achievements such as cre...

Switzerland – Land Of Beauty And Mystery

May 2, 2019

Switzerland is a small country centrally located in Europe surrounded by France, Belgium, Germany, Austria, and Italy. It is a unique country in comparison to other countri...

Who Was Ethelred and Why Was He Unready?

April 30, 2019

In my freshman year of college, I became entranced with Sid Meier’s Civilization. This computer game is a contest of empires in which you struggle through the ages to build t...

The Twelve Apostles of Michael Collins

April 26, 2019

Dublin ablaze during the riots of the Irish War of Independence aka Anglo-Irish War, 1920. From Story of Twenty Five Years, published 1935. Source: (Universal History Archive/UIG v...

The Ghosts of St. Louis Cemetery

April 22, 2019

The oldest intact grave site in New Orleans, St. Louis Cemetery #1 opened in 1789. Since then it has grown and now has more than seven hundred tombs and has become the final resting ...

Legendary Grannies: Hags in Celtic Myths

April 1, 2019

You may picture Celtic goddesses as beautiful, young women with flowing red hair, but some of the most powerful goddesses in Scottish and Irish lore are hags. In fact, hags fe...

56 Photos That Show Another Side Of History

March 25, 2019

There are moments in history that we’ve heard about so many times that we think we know every side of the story, however as you’ll find in these photographs there tends to be o...

Finland’s Unlikely Fascination With Heavy Metal

March 22, 2019

Singer Alexi Laiho of the Finnish heavy metal band, Children of Bodom, performs during a concert at the Astra on March 27, 2017. Source: (Photo by Frank Hoensch/Redferns...

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...