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Staggering Facts That Show Why Krakatoa Was A Monster Volcanic Eruption

1800s | July 20, 2019

Mother Nature often shows us her power and strength, and in August 1883, she was feeling particularly boastful. The eruption of Krakatoa in Indo...

The Evolution of Television Weather Reports

1950s | July 19, 2019

Jack Lescoulie doing the weather report from Atlantic City on June 26, 1956 -- Photo by: NBC/NBC NewsWire(Getty Images) If you are like most people, you probably have at lea...

Meet the Katzies: The Katzenjammer Kids, One of the Earliest Ethnic Comic Strips

1800s | July 18, 2019

The 'Katzenjammer Kids' cartoon children are the subject of this coloring book issued circa 1915 in New York City. (Photo by Transcendenta...

What You Didn’t Know About Betsy Ross

Women in History | July 17, 2019

Living history reenactment of Betsy Ross making of first American flag, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Photo by: Joe Sohm/Visions of America/Universal Images Group via Getty Images) ...

The Chinese and the Art of Explosion

Ancient History | July 16, 2019

Folk artists perform molten iron fireworks at Taierzhuang ancient city of China. (Photo by Gao Qimin/VCG via Getty Images) This Fourth of July holiday, as we all look into the nigh...

Letter Perfect: The History of Varsity Jackets

1800s | July 15, 2019

If you played a sport in high school, you probably couldn’t wait to get your Varsity letter. That meant you could officially have a varsity jacket, or letterman jacket, ...

Native American Little People And The Pedro Mountain Mummy

Ancient History | July 14, 2019

Several Native American tribes have oral stories about little people, not unlike the European tales of fairies and sprites. The race of tiny people—between 2...

Hy-Brasil, The Irish Atlantis

historical landmarks | July 13, 2019

This is probably what Hy-Brasil looks like with the morning mists rising over small loch, but this is the real-life Trotternish, Island of Skye, Scotland. Source: (Photo by: Photofusion/Uni...

Rome's Other Colosseum

historical landmarks | July 12, 2019

Rome’s ancient Flavian Amphitheater, the Colosseum, is one of the most recognizable buildings in the world. It has stood for almost two thousand years, and stories of events that unfolded there...

The Story of Notre Dame de Reims

historical landmarks | July 11, 2019

The fire at the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris in the spring of 2019 shocked people around the world. Centuries of history, priceless art, and countless religious artifacts were damage...

Orville Redenbacher: What You Didn’t Know About The Popcorn King And His Favorite Snack

People | July 10, 2019

You might remember the popcorn commercials on TV in the 1970s through 1990s that featured a bow-tie wearing old man with a fun...

Yankee Doodle’s Macaroni: Spoiler Alert…It’s Not About Pasta

Ancient History | July 9, 2019

Cover of Yankee Doodle children's book, published by McLoughlin Bros., portrays the Uncle Sam character, New York, NY, 1880. Source: (Photo by Transcend...

Encyclopedia Brown: Did You Grow Up Reading About This Boy Genius, Too?

Literature | July 8, 2019

One of the best-loved children’s book series of the 1960s and 1970s was the Encyclopedia Brown series. Who didn’t love to read the exploits of t...

W.C. Fields: A Wit For The Ages

People | July 7, 2019

Actor W.C. Fields in a scene from the movie The Old Fashioned Way Directed by: William Beaudine USA 1934. Source: (Photo by ullstein bild/ullstein bild via Getty Images) One of Vaudevil...

Her Invention Saves Lives Every Day But You Don’t Know Her Name

People | July 6, 2019

Stephanie Kwolek. Remember that name. She is the award-winning inventor and chemist that developed Kevlar, a material used in hundreds of applications...

Mountain Dew’s Moonshine Past

1800s | July 5, 2019

That highly-caffeinated, artificially-yellow, sugary-sweet beverage that you chug when you’re thirsty or need an energy boost was never intended to be a soft drink. In fact, it has tie...

Victorian Buns: The Obsession with Enormous Bustles

1800s | July 4, 2019

Late Victorian flower show and garden party dresses with high bustles and fitted corset lines. Source: (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images) Long before the Kardash...

James Smithson: Who Was the Guy Who Gave Us the Smithsonian Institution?

British History | July 3, 2019

A view of the Smithsonian Institution building in a field of daisies in Washington DC, circa 1860s. Source: (Photo by Kean Collection/Archive Phot...

“Rock A Bye, Baby” – The Origin Stories

Literature | July 2, 2019

If you think about it, the popular nursery rhyme, “Rock A Bye, Baby,” contains some strange lyrics. After all, it tells of a baby rocking in the branches of a tree and fa...

Plot Twist: The Most Famous Fictional Pirate Was Real

People | July 1, 2019

When Robert Louis Stevenson published his swashbuckling novel, Treasure Island, in 1883, his descriptions of Long John Silver set the bar for all literary and fil...

Becoming Tinkerbell

People | June 30, 2019

A cosplay fan dresses like Tinkerbell from Peter Pan. Source: (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images) One of Disney’s most beloved characters—and one that had stood the test of time—is the adorable, sp...

Boobytrapped Treasures To Make Indiana Jones Quake With Fear

Ancient History | June 29, 2019

American actor Harrison Ford on the set of Raiders of the Lost Ark. Source: (Photo by Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images) Every Indiana Jones movie, a...

The Rough And Brutal History Of Rugby

Sports History | June 28, 2019

One of the best-loved games, particularly in England, is rugby. A cousin of American football, rugby a rougher, tougher sport than soccer. Rugby got its start as a rule-less mob ...

That’s No Bull: The Minoans And Their Fascination With Bovines

Ancient History | June 27, 2019

The Toreador Fresco illustrates the Minoan fascination with bulls. Late Bronze Age 1550 1450 BC. Court of the Stone Spout, Knossos, Crete. (Photo by Werne...

Lotta Crabtree, The Nation’s Darling

1800s | June 26, 2019

Portrait of Lotta Crabtree Smoking a Cigar. Source: (Photo by Library of Congress/Corbis/VCG via Getty Images) Long before the title of America’s Sweetheart was bestowed on Mary ...

Going Underground: The History of the New York Subway System

1900s | June 25, 2019

The New York City subway system, which opened in 1904 and is the world's largest rapid transit system serving over 5.7 million daily riders on weekdays. Sourc...

What You Didn’t Know About Scotland Yard

British History | June 24, 2019

Scotland Yard Motorcycle Patrols in 1955. Source: (Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images) The name Scotland Yard has become almost synonymous with detectiv...

Carrie Finnell: The Bad Girl Of Burlesque

People | June 23, 2019

From the 1870s through the 1940s, Burlesque shows were a popular form of entertainment. Staged in nightclubs, theatres, and cabarets across the country, these variety shows f...

The Power Of An Eclipse: The Story Of The Eclipse Of Thales

Ancient History | June 22, 2019

The solar eclipse of August 2017, was historic in that a record number of people flocked to the path of totality to witness the amazing event. The eclipse o...

W. C. Handy and the Birth of the Blues

People | June 21, 2019

Portrait of jazz and blues pioneer W.C. Handy (1873 - 1958), blowing on his trumpet, mid twentieth century. Source: (Photo by PhotoQuest/Getty Images) African American composer a...

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