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Blazing The Oregon Trail

1800s | January 20, 2019

The Westward Trail circa 1840: A map showing the westward trail from Missouri to Oregon. (Photo by MPI/Getty Images) In 1971, Minnesota Education Computing Consortium released a computer game ...

The Beauty of Living Root Bridges

Then and Now | January 19, 2019

SHILLONG, MEGHALAYA, INDIA, 5/15/06. Source: Subhendu Sarkar/LightRocket via Getty Images. A view of the living root bridge at Mawlynnong on the outskirts of Shillong. Mawlynnong is a...

Orchidelirium: The Obsession with Orchids

1800s | January 18, 2019

Orchids outside Audubon House & Tropical Gardens. Source: (Jeffrey Greenberg/UIG via Getty Images) The Victorian era, orchids were rare and elusive, but folks were smitten wit...

The President And The Mole People

People | January 17, 2019

John Quincy Adams (1767-1848) American diplomat and Sixth President of the United States of America 1825-1829. c1848. Source: (Universal History Archive/Getty Images) No doubt U.S. pr...

The Madden Curse: Where Gaming, Football, and Superstition Collide

Sports History | January 16, 2019

Gaming fans sample EA Sports Madden NFL 13 game on the second day of the E3 video game extravaganza in Los Angeles on June 6, 2012. Source: (FREDERIC J....

Judge Proctor’s Windmill Versus An Alien UFO: The 1897 Aurora Incident

1800s | January 15, 2019

A windmill at dawn. Source: (Sharpshooters/VWPics/UIG via Getty Images) Forget Roswell and the UFO that reportedly crashed there in 1947. Fifty ...

Operation Acoustic Kitty: Not the CIA’s Most Purrfect Plan

1960s | January 14, 2019

This isn’t exactly what the CIA had in mind when it launched Operation Acoustic Kitty in 1961, but this cat, George, is doing his part to keep a watchful eye ...

The Origin of Sherlock Holmes

Literature | January 13, 2019

Sherlock Holmes LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 08: A reproduction of a copy of the book 'A Study in Scarlet' by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, 8th December 1986. Source: (Photo by Georges De Ke...

Deadly Wildfires of California

Events | January 12, 2019

Firefighter lights backfires during the Carr fire in Redding, CA on July 27, 2018.-One person died and at least two others injured as wind-whipped flames tore through the region. Source: (...

How 1885 Crowdsourcing Saved the Statue of Liberty

1800s | January 11, 2019

New York City had a big problem. France had gifted the United States with the Statue of Liberty to erect on an island in New York Harbor. It was a gracious gift and ...

Mahjong: An Ancient Chinese Game that Became a Roaring Twenties Fad

1900s | January 10, 2019

Beach and bathing scenes American women playing mah-jongg in the water - 1924 - Vintage property of ullstein bild. Source: (Photo by ullstein bild/ulls...

“London Bridge is Falling Down”: Kids Nursery Rhyme Possibly Has a Sinister Meaning

British History | January 9, 2019

Old London Bridge, 1795. View of old London Bridge, St Magnus the Martyr and the Monument from the south west with boats on the Riv...

Day-O: The Story of “The Banana Boat Song”

People | January 8, 2019

American actor and singer Harry Belafonte poses next to the ocean circa 1957. Source: (Photo by Archive Photos/Getty Images) Harry Belafonte, one of the most well-known J...

Hawaii’s Goddess of Snow, Poli’ahu

Ancient History | January 7, 2019

The Kilauea Volcano erupts with great force, shooting a lava fountain high into the air. Source: Photo by © CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images) We tend to think of Hawaii as a group ...

A Historical Look at Saint Valentine’s Day

Events | January 6, 2019

Valentine’s Day is, for most people, a day to celebrate the loved ones in their life. But where did Valentine’s Day originate and how did we come to celebrate a particula...

The Story Behind the Miranda Rights

People | January 5, 2019

"You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to speak to an attorney and to have an attorney presen...

Creating the Appalachian Trail, America’s Footpath

historical landmarks | January 4, 2019

A hiker hikes along a section of the Appalachian Trail on Sunday, August 6, 2017. Source: (Staff photo by Derek Davis/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images) Outdoo...

The Rise of the Great American Folk Hero

Literature | January 3, 2019

Illustration of Davy Crockett killing a bear, circa 1800s. Source: (Photo by Fotosearch/Getty Images). Without radio and television to keep them entertained, people of the 1800...

Seward’s Folly: Who’s Laughing Now?

1800s | January 2, 2019

When then-Secretary of State, William Henry Seward under President Andrew Jackson approached Congress for approval to purchase Alaska from the Russians in 1867, he met with ple...

Finn McCool and the Giant’s Causeway

Archaeological FInds | January 1, 2019

American tourist from California, Ron Goubert, climbs down from The Honeycomb at Giants Causeway in Northern Ireland. Source: (Photo by Liam McBurney/PA Images via Getty Images) ...

How a Scholarly Farm Boy Attempted to Take Down the British Navy with A Turtle

People | December 31, 2018

Painting depicting the unsuccessful attempt by USS Turtle to attach a 'torpedo' to the bottom of HMS Eagle. Governor's Harbor, New York, USA...

That Flatbread That Became A Meal: Pizza

Then and Now | December 30, 2018

New York City Pizzeria. Source: (Photo from https://nearsay.com) Pizza is a food that is loved by most people, whether Italian or not. Convenient for movie night or any night w...

Chocolate - Food of the gods

Then and Now | December 29, 2018

These days, chocolate is a popular sweet treat and every holiday that comes around is another excuse to eat chocolate in various shapes and forms. Without it, there would be no s’mores or...

Alexander Gardner, Civil War Fake News

People | December 28, 2018

Meadow strewn with Confederate dead, photographed by Alexander Gardner two days after fighting had ceased during bloodiest battle of Civil War. Source: (Photo by Alexander Gardner/...

Who Was the Inspiration For Uncle Sam?

Military History | December 27, 2018

A participant dressed as Uncle Sam attends in Albany, New York. Source: (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Uncle Sam…he is a symbol of America and everyone’s most patriotic un...

The Story Behind “The Gipper” Speech, the Greatest Pep Talk in Sports

People | December 26, 2018

“Win One For the Gipper”. If you’re a fan of college football, you know that this was the one impassionate plea that rallied the Fighting Iris...

What is Figgy Pudding? Food and Drinks From Our Favorite Christmas Songs

Then and Now | December 25, 2018

Eggnog Christmas milk cocktail with cinnamon, served in two glasses on vintage tray with shortbread star shape sugar cookies, decor toys, fir bran...

NORAD: Keeping Tabs on Santa Since 1955

Events | December 24, 2018

This December 24, 2012 photo shows a woman monitoring the progress of Santa Claus in Washington, DC. The Santa tracker (right) is set up by the North American Aerospace Defense Co...

The Worst Blizzards in History

Events | December 23, 2018

UNITED STATES - CIRCA 2000: Man uses snow blower to clear a path as the worst snowstorm in five years blankets the area in 14 inches of snow. (Photo by Howard Earl Simmons/NY Daily News Ar...