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Joseph Bell, The Real Sherlock Holmes

December 6, 2019

Fans of the TV show, House M.D., which aired from 2004 to 2012, might know that the titular character, Dr. Gregory House, was inspired by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous characte...

How Harry Houdini Debunked Fake Mediums And Got Cursed ...

November 12, 2019

The famous magician Harry Houdini is known for his escapes that defied logic, but he also happened to be one of the most strident skeptics of spiritual mediu...

The Most Unique And Unusual Hotels

November 8, 2019

Many places around the world entertain their guests by providing the most unique hotels that they can imagine. What an extraordinary hotel this is! The Muraka is an underwater exp...

History Of Animated Cartoons

September 28, 2019

Today’s most popular cartoons have been turned into some really entertaining movies not only for children but adults as well. Well-known characters from the cartoons, comic strips, and c...

Are Unicorns Real?

September 26, 2019

While today unicorns are thought of as fairy tale creatures, ancient cultures believed them to be real, even including them in their natural history books. While there is no scientific evidence th...

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: ...

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-...

Baseball's Upstart Federal League

September 7, 2019

Pennant features baseball player Joe Tinker of the Chicago Federals (later known as the Chicago Whales), Chicago, Illinois, 1914. Source: (Photo by Transcendental Graphics/Getty Images)...

Origin And Use of Chess – Not Just A Game

August 29, 2019

Chess is a highly challenging game that is not just a game to play for fun but also used as a teaching tool for learning various types of math and programming techniques. ...

Soren Sorensen Adams: The King Of Professional Prankste...

August 27, 2019

Soren Sorensen Adams, also known as Sam Adams, was a Danish-American inventor and businessman during the 20th century and is considered to be the father of t...

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...

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 ...

John James Audubon: Ecology's Patron Saint

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 ...

Natalie Wood: From Child Star To Unsolved Mystery

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 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...

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 ...

The Homeric Question

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...

First Movie Studio to Award-Winning Modern Studios

July 19, 2019

What goes into the production of a movie? It all starts with some kind of a studio and a cameraman or producer. Six major studios referred to as the “Big Six” inclu...

Hedy Lamarr: More Than Just the Most Beautiful Woman in...

July 14, 2019

Hedy Lamarr publicity portrait for the film Samson And Delilah, 1949. Source: (Photo by Paramount/Getty Images) Renowned as a femme fatale during MGM’s “Golde...

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...

George Frideric Handel – Famous Composer from the 1700s

June 18, 2019

Portrait of Georg Friedrich Handel (Halle, 1685-London, 1759), German composer. Painting by Philippe Mercier (1689-1760), 1720. Detail. Halle, Haendel-Haus Sourc...

The Great Bambino

June 13, 2019

The most famous baseball player in history, Babe Ruth, was born George Herman Ruth Jr. on February 6, 1895, in Baltimore Maryland. He was one of eight children born to George Herman Ruth Sr. and Ka...

Entertainers Who Have Made An Impact In History

June 9, 2019

Many entertainers have come and gone throughout history but most do not create a major impact on us like some do. Here are just three of them that have taken center sta...

The Amazing Harry Houdini

May 22, 2019

Harry Houdini was a man of many talents. Despite only living to the age of fifty-two, his résumé included such titles as a circus performer, aviator, actor, and writer. But it was his skil...

Star Wars Films On Skellig Island in Ireland

May 18, 2019

A mysterious and beautiful island – a place for a war? That is exactly what it was for -Star Wars. Skellig Island has become a favorite location for the crew of Star War...

Lesser Known Facts About Dr. Seuss

May 15, 2019

It seems every Christmas there is a new film adaptation of How the Grinch Stole Christmas and we have one person to thank for that: a famous children’s author by the name of Dr. Se...

Master of the Macabre: Edgar Allan Poe

April 23, 2019

Many and many a year ago, or more specifically, on January 19, 1809, in Boston, Massachusetts, Edgar Allan Poe was born. Despite living a very short and difficult life, he was...

The Fairytale Life of Hans Christian Andersen

April 16, 2019

Two of Disney’s most popular movies, The Little Mermaid (1989) and Frozen (2013), were based on fairy tales written by Hans Christian Andersen. Andersen was the author o...

The Sensibility of Jane Austen

March 29, 2019

One of the most well-known female authors of the nineteenth century, Jane Austen was born in Steventon, Hampshire, England, on December 16, 1775. Her parents, Reverend George Austen and...

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...

Surprising Facts About Laura Ingalls Wilder

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 ...

Mae West: Come Up And See Me Sometime!

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...

The Magic Of Walt Disney

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...

The Black Stallion’s Author: Walter Farley

February 17, 2019

Walter Farley was born on June 26, 1915, in Syracuse, New York, the son of Walter Farley, an assistant hotel manager, and Isabel Vermilyea Farley. He always wanted to own ...

Circus Sideshow Acts: Who Were They?

February 14, 2019

The Bearded Girl. Circa 1875, Portrait of Annie Jones, the Bearded Girl (1865-1902), who was billed by P T Barnum as 'the infant Esau' 1870s. Source: (Blank Archives/Getty Images) ...

T.V. Show Characters Inspired by Commedia Dell’Arte

February 11, 2019

Commedia Dell’Arte was a form of improvisational theatre which relied heavily on stock characters and pre-established scenarios. While it was popular mostly from...

Magic Flying Carpets: The Historic Version, Not The Dis...

February 8, 2019

Riding a Flying Carpet', 1880. Artist: Viktor Mihajlovic Vasnecov. Found in the collection of the State Art Museum, Nizhny Novgorod, Russia. Source: (Fine Art I...

Sonora And Her Diving Horse

February 7, 2019

ATLANTIC CITY, NY - CIRCA 1977: The Diving Horse Attraction at the Steel Pier circa 1977 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Source: (PL Gould/IMAGES/Getty Images) A Diving Horse?It is hard to im...

Stars Of The Silent Film Era

January 29, 2019

Actor Charlie Chaplin with Edna Purviance in The Cure. Source: (The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images) Charlie Chaplin: 'The Tramp'Charlie Chaplin is probably the most famous of all the...

The First Movies Ever Made

January 26, 2019

When was the first movie ever made? The art of filmmaking started way back in the 1800s as techniques in photography led to creating moving pictures. The first actual silent film ever made...

The Chicago World's Fair: The Great Columbian Carnival,...

January 24, 2019

Color poster for the Chicago World's Fair, or the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893, proclaiming Chicago Day on October 9th, 1893, the anniversary of the Chi...

Mark Twain

January 8, 2019

Mark Twain, who was born with the name Samuel Langhorne Clemens, was an author who wrote the well known American classics, Huckleberry Finn and The Adventures Of Tom Sawyer. Those two classics are just a s...

The Adventures of Alexandre Dumas

December 31, 2018

Dumas Davy de La Pailleterie, more commonly known as Alexandre Dumas, was born in Viller- Cotterêts, France on July 24, 1802. Dumas was the son of Marie Louise Labouret and Thomas-Al...

One Hundred Years of Hope

December 23, 2018

Bob Hope/ image from Wikipedia Leslie Townes Hope, better known as Bob Hope, was born on May 29, 1903, in Eltham, near London, England. He spent his early years there, where his father worked...

Battle of the Elves: North Pole Versus Middle Earth

December 16, 2018

Rivendell, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)/image from Stack Exchange These days, elves are usually thought of as either the toymakers of the...

Authors From The 1800s

December 15, 2018

The writings and experiences of authors from the era of the 1800s have impacted the lives of many long since they have passed on. Their influence can still be felt today.William Blake was an E...

The True Story Behind Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

December 5, 2018

Priscilla Presley as the Wicked Queen at the launch of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in December 2012 at the New Wimbledon Theatre in London. (Photo by Ian West/PA...

Up, Up, and Away: The First Hot Air Balloon Launch

December 3, 2018

Ascension in the meadow 1 December 1783), Anonymous, Musee des Arts Decoratifs in Paris, France. (Photo by: Christophel Fine Art/UIG via Getty Images) Today, hot air b...

The Real Von Trapp Family Was Nothing Like “The Sound o...

November 24, 2018

The actors playing members of the Von Trapp family in a promotional portrait for 'The Sound Of Music', (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images) When ...

The Real Story of the Pied Piper

November 19, 2018

The Pied Piper of Hamelin, actually city tourism employee Michael Boyer, leads local children dressed as rats through a quiet street in Hamelin, Germany. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Imag...

The Duchess of Windsor

November 18, 2018

Vogue 1937 (Photo by Cecil Beaton/Condé Nast via Getty Images) Duchess of Windsor (aka Wallis Simpson) sitting on the grassy edge of a pond on the grounds of Châteaux de Candé, wears Schiaparelli...

“Willie Wonka” Author Spied on the U.S.

November 17, 2018

British novelist Roald Dahl (1916 - 1990) taken on 10th December 1971. (Photo by Ronald Dumont/Daily Express/Getty Images) Roald Dahl, who went on to pen such children’s clas...

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...

Gut Wrenching Facts About The Most Evil Humans In Histo...

March 22, 2017

Throughout the course of human history, the world has come to know some pretty evil people. The people on this list are the worst of the worst- they are and were ...

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 w...

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...

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...