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Devil’s Bridges of Medieval Europe: Where Architecture, Civil Engineering, And Satan All Come To...

historical landmarks | August 16, 2019

The bridge Ponte della Maddalena, Bridge of Mary Magdalene, also Ponte del Diavolo or Bridge of the devil, is crossin...

What You Didn’t Know About the Practice of Neck Elongation

Ancient History | August 15, 2019

Human beings, it seems, have always practiced some sort of body modification or another. Piercings, tattoos, foot binding, and skull flattening are practic...

Wedding Traditions: Why Bridesmaids, Veils, and Bells? Evil Spirits.

Events | August 14, 2019

Wedding ceremonies are steeped in tradition, and let's face it, some of them are rather odd. A quick look into the origins of many of today's weddi...

The Mexican National Anthem: An Art-Loving Dictator, A Captive Lyricist, And Spanish Musician

Ancient History | August 13, 2019

At Mexican political ceremonies and sporting events such as the World Cup, don't be surprised if you hear a jaunty little ...

Will-O'-The Wisp: Deadly Fairy Lights

British History | August 12, 2019

For thousands of years, people all over the world, but particularly in the British Isles, have reported seeing ghostly lights in the night forest and fields. It wasn't just the g...

Trees of the Gods: Worshiping The Mighty Oak Tree

British History | August 11, 2019

The Forest Scenery Of Great Britain Oaks In Needwood Forest, UK, Britain, British, Europe, United Kingdom, Great Britain, European. Source: (Photo by: Universal History ...

Carpathia to the Rescue: The Ship That Saved Titanic

Events | August 10, 2019

Survivors of the sinking of the Titanic on April 18, 1912, aboard the RMS Carpathia the ship that rescued them. Washington, Library Of Congress. Source: (Photo by DeA...

Extra Bread: The Origins Of The Baker's Dozen

Ancient History | August 9, 2019

An itinerant baker's cart. Source: (Photo by: Leemage/Universal Images Group via Getty Images) Many times, when you order a dozen rolls or loaves of bread at a bakery, you...

The Spy Who Hung Her Laundry

1800s | August 8, 2019

The most effective spies are the ones that don't appear to be doing anything suspicious at all. They look as though they are going about their normal lives. During the Revolutionary War, ...

The Great Plains' Largest Natural Disaster: A Plague Of Locust

1800s | August 7, 2019

A large swarm of locust can eat 100,000 metric tons of vegetation per day. AFP PHOTO/BILAL TARABEY. Source: (Photo credit should read BILAL TARABEY/AFP/Gett...

The Colossus at Rhodes

historical landmarks | August 6, 2019

Situated along the southern boundary of the Aegean Sea, the island of Rhodes is widely known for its beaches, charming towns, and abundance of shops and restaurants catering to tourists from ar...

Hansel and Gretel: A Real-Life Murder Mystery Turned Fairytale

Literature | August 5, 2019

One of our most beloved fairytales is the story of Hansel and Gretel. It's a strange cautionary tale about not trusting friendly strangers and the danger...

The Tale Of The Black Tom Explosion

1900s | August 4, 2019

When we think of espionage, most Americans think of the Cold War—dead drops in Berlin, nifty gadgets, the stuff of everyone's favorite guilty pleasure movies—but few think of the e...

Rube Goldberg: The Man And His Zany Machines

People | August 3, 2019

We know all about Rube Goldberg machines—those crazy, overly complicated contraptions designed to perform one simple task—but how much do we know about Rube Goldberg, the ...

The Occupation Of The Channel Islands

Ancient History | August 2, 2019

Nestled along the coast of France's Cotentin Peninsula in the English Channel, the British Crown Dependencies of Jersey and Guernsey are among the most fascinating destinations i...

Pineapples Aren’t Native To Hawaii: The Story Of James Dole And Hawaiian Gold

People | August 1, 2019

Despite all evidence to the contrary, pineapples are not a native fruit of Hawaii. However, the rich Hawaiian soil and the balmy climate...

The Sad Life Of Leona Gage, Miss USA 1957

People | July 31, 2019

When beautiful young Leona Gage was crowned Miss USA in 1957, it seemed as though she was living a charmed life. She told pageant officials that she was a 21-year-old model f...

The Mowing Devil: England's First Crop Circle

1800s | July 30, 2019

In the 1970s, strange geometric shaped began to pop up overnight is some of the wheat fields of rural England. The designs, at first, were simple circles, giving rise to ...

Humans and Dolphins: Fishing Buddies

Animals in History | July 29, 2019

A dolphin jumps out of the water on September 28, 2018. (Photo by SEBASTIEN SALOM GOMIS / AFP). Source: (Photo credit should read SEBASTIEN SALOM GOMIS/AFP/Getty Images) In most pl...

Central Park, Elitism, and the Destruction of Seneca Village

1800s | July 28, 2019

Aerial view of Manhattan looking south over Central Park July 2007 in New York City. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA. Source: (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Ge...

Air Travel Before the Jet Age

Historical Facts | July 27, 2019

Love it or hate it, commercial air travel is a staple of modern life. Even small and medium-sized cities around the world enjoy direct flights that can connect them to distant family and...

Who Was Gavrilo Princip?

People | July 26, 2019

Gavrilo Princip was one of the most significant people of the 20th century. You might not know his name, but you definitely know what he did, or at least felt the impact of it. By assassinati...

Childless Presidents

Historical Facts | July 25, 2019

When we elect a president to lead our country, we are also, indirectly, electing a First Family that includes presidential children ... usually. Nearly all of our former presidents balanced the d...

The Dog Days of Summer: Less About Hot Dogs and More About Astronomy

Historical Facts | July 24, 2019

When the heat of July hits like a blanket fresh from the dryer, the old-timers like to say that we are in the dog days of summer. If you are like m...

The Paradox of the Lucky Rabbit's Foot: Using Bad Omens to Create Good Luck

Animals in History | July 23, 2019

A woman kissing her lucky rabbit's foot, circa 1955. (Photo by Jacobsen /Three Lions/Getty Images) In the list of traditional lucky charms or...

Graffiti Artists Welcome: The Story Behind the Kitschy Cadillac Ranch

1970s | July 22, 2019

Amarillo Texas famous Cadillac Ranch teen spraying paint off of Route 66 old Cadillacs buried in ground on Route 66. (Photo By: Education Images/Univ...

Bald Eagle Versus the Turkey

Historical Facts | July 21, 2019

A bald eagle sits on a perch in front of an American Flag. (Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images) The majestic bald eagle—the symbol of the United States—has a reputati...

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...

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