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William S. Harley and Arthur Davidson: How a Couple of Lazy Twenty-Somethings Created an American ...

People | April 15, 2019

The year was 1901. A new form of transportation was America’s newest obsession…the bicycle. The one-man, pedal-pow...

The Bob: A Revolutionary And Empowering Hairstyle

1920s | April 14, 2019

American actress Louise Brooks, shown here in 1929, was known for her daring short bobbed hair. Source: (John Kobal Foundation/Getty Images) Prior to the 20th century,...

Mac N Cheese: The History Of America’s Favorite Comfort Food

Then and Now | April 13, 2019

The All-American macaroni and cheese (made with American and Cheddar cheeses) is served at S'MAC, a new macaroni and cheese restaurant on E. 12th in New Yor...

Vernepator Cur: A Tale Of Turnspit Dogs

Animals in History | April 12, 2019

Look at the wheel mounted on the wall. You will see a turnspit dog at work in the inn at Newcastle, Carmarthen, Wales, c1800 (1869). Source: (Ann Ronan Pictures/Print Collector/Ge...

The Real Nellie Oleson, Laura’s Prairie Frenemy

People | April 11, 2019

Alison Arngrim played Nellie Oleson in the TV series Little House on the Prairie. Source: (NBCU Photo Bank/Getty Images) If you were a fan of the Little House series o...

Xocolatl: The Mayan Food Of The Gods

Ancient History | April 10, 2019

We have the Mayans to thank for giving us one of our favorite guilty pleasures, chocolate. Archaeologists believe that chocolate, or Xocolatl, as the Mayans called it, was cultiva...

Diana of the Dunes: A Lake Michigan Ghost Story With A Basis in Reality

1900s | April 9, 2019

Actress Angie Dickinson swimming outdoors in 1961, perhaps channeling her inner Diana of the Dunes. Source: (photo by Pierluigi/Mandadori Portfolio...

What Do You Know About St. Elmo’s Fire, Not the 1980s Brat Pack Film?

Events | April 8, 2019

In 1985, a movie called St. Elmo’s Fire, starring brat-packers Ally Sheedy, Demi Moore, Rob Lowe, Emilio Estevez, Andrew McCarthy, and Judd Nels...

Knocker-ups: The Human Alarm Clocks

British History | April 7, 2019

While these days people rely on their cell phones or standalone alarm clocks (or both) in order to wake up in the morning, these are relatively modern conveniences. Personal alarm ...

The Mysteries Of Outer Space – How Far Science Has Advanced

Historical Facts | April 6, 2019

For years and years, people have asked the age-old questions about outer space. Is there life on other planets? What does the moon look like? How far away...

Hans Christian Andersen And International Children’s Book Day

People | April 5, 2019

Not only does April 2nd of this year mark the 214th birthday of Hans Christian Andersen but it is also International Children’s Book Day. Andersen was a...

Who Invented The Pinball Machine?

People | April 4, 2019

Participants of the German Table Football Championship play at pinball machines in the Tango terminal at Helmut Schmidt Airport. Source: (Photo by Axel Heimken/picture alliance via Gett...

Running With the Bulls: A Strange and Dangerous Annual Event

Events | April 3, 2019

For eight days in July, the streets of Pamplona, Spain, are wild and crazy. Wild because that is when the annual Running of the Bulls takes place, with lon...

Things You Didn’t Know About The Spring Equinox

Historical Facts | April 2, 2019

On Wednesday, March 20, at exactly 12.15 p.m. Eastern Time, the Spring, or Vernal, Equinox will occur. This is the precise moment when winter ends and spring begins a...

John Brown: Religious Zealot, Abolitionist Hero, or Terrorist Traitor?

People | April 1, 2019

History has labeled John Brown a madman and a radical. Even before his infamous raid oh Harper’s Ferry in 1859, Brown had a reputation for using ...

Springtime Is The Time For Weddings

Events | March 31, 2019

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL - MAY 10: Alexis Preston poses before her wedding ceremony. Source: (Photo by Gerardo Mora/Getty Images) In the photo above: “Disney Royal Wedding: Alexis Prest...

Babylon – The Rise And Fall Of It

Archaeological FInds | March 30, 2019

The city of Babylon was once a thriving city with magnificent structures and palaces. One of the key attractions of Babylon was the Hanging Gardens. The Hanging Gardens is conside...

Toilet Tales: The John Versus The Crapper

British History | March 29, 2019

When it comes to indoor plumbing, two names stand out—the John and the Crapper. Please understand that when we say this, we are not being crude or impolite by using these inf...

The Legend Of The Dream Catcher

American Indians | March 28, 2019

Dreamcatcher In Anishinabe Community Of Kitcisakik, Abitibi, Quebec, Canada. Source: (Photo by David DUCOIN/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images) A Native American item that has achieved widesp...

Why Aces And Eights Are Called A Dead Man’s Hand

Wild West | March 27, 2019

One of the appeals to the game of poker—aside from the chance to win big money—is that the game is full of nuances and backstories. One of those has to do with the D...

Did Captain Kidd Hide His Loot In a Thimble? The Unique History of the Thimble Islands

Events | March 26, 2019

Thimble Islands archipelago in the Long Island Sound, Branford, Connecticut. Source: (Photo by Carol M. Highsmith/Buyenlarge/Getty I...

Crazy Baseball Superstitions From The History Of The Sport

Sports History | March 25, 2019

Infielder Jason Giambi of the New York Yankees slides into second base against the Boston Red Sox March 17, 2008 at Legends Field in Tampa, Florida. Source: (Ph...

Things You May Not Know About Women Rulers In History

Historical Facts | March 24, 2019

Queens of the Nile Exhibition At Rijksmuseum van Oudheden. Source: (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images) For centuries women have been in leadership roles as...

Historical Figures Who Suffered From Diseases or Disorders

Historical Facts | March 23, 2019

There are numerous diseases and disorders that average people suffer from every day with no respecter of persons. These diseases can come upon anyone at any ...

What You Didn’t Know About the Boston Tea Party

Events | March 22, 2019

Our U.S. history lessons in elementary school often include the bold and rebellious act by the American colonists of raiding a British cargo ship and dumping loads of...

“You’ve Come A Long Way, Baby”: Virginia Slims and the Women’s Lib Movement

Then and Now | March 21, 2019

Girl smiling smoking a cigarette. Mexico, October 1968. Source: (Photo by Mario De Biasi;Sergio Del Grande/Mondadori Portfolio via Gett...

Perkin Warbeck, the Great Pretender

British History | March 20, 2019

A great mystery in English royalty is the fate of the “two princes in the Tower.” Edward and Richard, ages 12 and 10, were both too young to take over the English throne when their...

“I Shall Return”: General MacArthur’s Promise

People | March 19, 2019

Gen. Douglas MacArthur (C) and Gen. Richard Sutherland (L) and Col. Lloyd Lehrbas wading ashore during Amer. landing at Lingayen Gulf. Source: (Photo by Carl Mydans/Th...

Why The California Gold Rush Wasn’t A Boon For John Sutter

1800s | March 18, 2019

Sutter's saw mill where gold was found in 1848, precipitating the Californian Gold Rush. Engraving, 1853. Source: (Photo by: Universal History Archive/UIG via...