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How Barbed Wire Changed the American West

1800s | July 17, 2018

Barbed wire on May 23, 2018 (Photo by Wassilios Aswestopoulos/NurPhoto via Getty Images) Nothing did more to change the way cattle ranching was done on America’s western fronti...

The Ongoing Mystery Of Who Really Built the Newport Tower

historical landmarks | July 16, 2018

The Newport Tower (also known as: Round Tower, Touro Tower, Newport Stone Tower and Old Stone Mill), Rhode Island, USA, circa 1960. (Photo by Harvey Meston/Archi...

Osage Orange: The Wonder Wood of the American Plains

American Indians | July 13, 2018

Drive along a back country road in the fall in the most states, and you will likely see Osage oranges littering the road. The large, green, knobby balls look nothin...

Mysterious spiral staircase of Loretto Chapel in New Mexico

1800s | July 12, 2018

Loretto Chapel in Santa Fe, New Mexico, The design may have been inspired by the Paris Sainte Chapel. (Photo by: Education Images/UIG via Getty Images) Back i...

Christine Keeler and the Swinging Political Sex Scandal

1960s | July 11, 2018

March 27, 1963: Christine Keeler takes a holiday in Spain shortly before her controversial involvement with war minister John Profumo led to his resignation. (Phot...

The Orphan Trains Delivered Homeless Children to Rural Farmers

1800s | July 10, 2018

New York City in the mid-1800s had a real problem. There were too many homeless and orphaned children living in the streets. By some estimates, up to 30,0...

Samantha Smith, the Short Life of a Child Peace Activist

1980s | July 9, 2018

Flowers adorn the statue of Samantha Smith by the Statehouse complex in Augusta. Staff Photo by Fred J. Field, Friday, July 11, 2003: Flowers adorn the statue of ...

Don’t Blame the Cow: Did the Great Chicago Fire Have an Extraterrestrial Origin?

1800s | July 6, 2018

Painting (by Julia Lemos) of people trying to escape burning buildings during the Great Chicago Fire, Chicago, Illinois, 1912. (Photo b...

Fatty Arbuckle and the Start of the Me Too Movement

1920s | July 5, 2018

Long before Harvey Weinstein and Bill Cosby started groping young Hollywood starlets, there was Fatty Arbuckle. In the early 1920s, Arbuckle was a big star…literall...

Accidental Gunshot Wound Leads to Medical Advances

1800s | July 4, 2018

When a 1820s fur trapper was accidentally shot in the stomach, his gunshot wound provided doctors with a window into the mysterious inner-workings of the human body…...

The History of S’mores

Funny History | July 3, 2018

The making of the ultimate s'more with marshmallows, chocolate and graham cookies over a wood burning fire pit. (Vince Talotta/Toronto Star via Getty Images) As soon as warm weather hits, peopl...

Sand Dune Swallows Child: Freakish Phenomenon Nearly Claims Boy’s Life

historical landmarks | July 2, 2018

A day at the beach suddenly turned into a life or death situation for a six-year old Illinois boy in the summer of 2013. The threat to his life had ...

8 Pearls of Wisdom From Ancient China’s The Art of War

Ancient History | June 29, 2018

Sun Tzu’s The Art of War has been called one of the greatest works of military strategy ever written. This Chinese military handbook dates back to the 5th century B...

Ancient Birth Control Plant Was Harvested into Extinction

Historical Facts | June 28, 2018

Birth control didn’t start with The Pill in 1960. In fact, women have sought out ways to control their own fertility since the antiquity. Today’s generation of...

9 Things You Didn’t Know About Flip Flops

Vintage Fashion | June 27, 2018

Actress Marianne Denicourt attends the 'Les Nuits En Or 2018' dinner gala in flip flops. The event was held at UNESCO on June 11, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Marc Piaseck...

Cappy and the Devil Dogs of the Marine Corps

Military History | June 26, 2018

Few breeds of dog are as intimidating as the Doberman. Powerful, strong, and imposing, this breed was designed to be scary enough to ward off danger, which is why the Dober...

1940s Hollywood Starlet Defeated the Nazis and Developed WiFi

1940s | June 25, 2018

Austro-American actress Hedy Lamarr on the set of Samson and Delilah. (Photo by Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images) It might be easy to dismiss the be...