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Who Were The Neanderthals?

WORLD HISTORY | July 17, 2019

Neanderthal man at the human evolution exhibit at the Natural History Museum in London, England, United Kingdom. Source: (photo by Mike Kemp/Getty Images) From 430 to thirty thous...

Fireworks: An Explosive Tradition

CULTURE | 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?

CULTURE | 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...

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

ENTERTAINMENT | 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 “Go...

Dance Hall Girls Of The Old West

CULTURE | 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...

The Curious Adventures of Cabeza de Vaca

WORLD HISTORY | July 12, 2019

The circuitous travels of a shipwrecked conquistador have passed on to us the most detailed information of the peoples who lived in the southeast and southwest of North Americ...

British Caricaturists and James Gillray

CULTURE | 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...

The Story of Fabergé’s Fabulous Eggs

WORLD HISTORY | July 10, 2019

On Easter Day in 1885, the Russian Czar, Alexander III of House Romanov, gave to his wife, Czarina Marie Fedorovna an egg. It looked like a ducks egg, with a gold band about t...

The Ruins of Machu Picchu

WORLD HISTORY | July 9, 2019

Named in 2007 as one of the new seven wonders of the world, Machu Picchu is located in the mountains northwest of Cusco, Peru. While many have made the trek to visit the ruins since its dis...

Bizarre Facts About Tycho Brahe

CULTURE | 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 ...

SS Morro Castle Disaster

WORLD HISTORY | July 7, 2019

The SS Morro Castle was a cruise ship that sailed between New York and Havana during the early 1930s. Despite existing during the Prohibition and therefore offering only alcohol-free enterta...

How the Horse Impacted the Plains Indians

CULTURE | 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 Life and Diary of Anne Frank

WORLD HISTORY | July 5, 2019

Diaries used to be what young girls would use to write their innermost thoughts and feelings in and were usually about the boys they had crushes on or the friends they had. But this ...

The Ambush that Ignited the Irish War of Independence

WARS | July 4, 2019

A singular incident considered criminal by some and patriotic by others began the process of creating an independent, Ireland. But the cost was great. On Ja...

The History of Gnomes – Gnomania

CULTURE | 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 Nazca Lines of Southern Peru

WORLD HISTORY | July 2, 2019

In the deserts of southern Peru, about 250 miles south of Lima, white lines interrupt the endless sand. From the ground level, they appear as random grooves dug into the otherwise rus...

The Hanging Gardens of Nineveh?

CULTURE | 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 Legacy of Amelia Earhart

WORLD HISTORY | June 30, 2019

One of the most famous female aviators, Amelia Earhart was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean as well as the first person to fly solo from Hawaii to the U.S. mainland. ...

The Y2K Scare of 1999

CULTURE | 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

CULTURE | 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 ...

A Case of Mistaken Identity – Annie Oakley

WORLD HISTORY | June 27, 2019

Annie Oakley Trick Shooting with Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show - January 01, 1900. Source: (Bettmann/Getty Image #517294102 (Original Caption) Her name has become a byword....

The Truth About Aliens and Elongated Skulls Found in Peru

WORLD HISTORY | June 26, 2019

Sarmatians. Two deformed human skulls. Probably dated in the 3rd century BC. Kerch Historical and Archaeological Museum. Autonomous Republic of Crimea. Ukraine. ...

The Medieval Tournament

CULTURE | 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

CULTURE | 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

CULTURE | 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...

What Were the Phoenix Lights?

WORLD HISTORY | June 22, 2019

The 1997 event known as the Phoenix Lights has gone down in history as one of the largest UFO sightings ever. While many consider the rumors of extraterrestrial origin to have been debu...

The Dinosaur Bone Wars

WARS | June 21, 2019

The late 19th century saw an explosion in interest in dinosaurs. Two scientists, Edward Drinker Cope, and Othniel Charles Marsh were at the forefront of research and the discovery of new speci...

Ancient Crannogs Of Ireland And Scotland

CULTURE | 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...

The Man-Eating Lions of Tsavo

WORLD HISTORY | June 19, 2019

Being eaten by lions is usually the subject of nightmares without any basis in reality. But in late nineteenth century Kenya, nightmares became reality. Regardless of your opinion about...

George Frideric Handel – Famous Composer from the 1700s

ENTERTAINMENT | 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...

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