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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...

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 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...