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Karen Harris

Karen Harris

Writer

Karen left the world of academic, quitting her job as a college professor to write full-time. She spends her days with her firefighter husband and four daughters on a hobby farm with an assortment of animals, including a goat named Atticus, a turkey named Gravy, and a chicken named Chickaletta.

The Paradox of the Lucky Rabbit's Foot: Using Bad Omens...

July 23, 2019

A woman kissing her lucky rabbit's foot, circa 1955. (Photo by Jacobse...

Graffiti Artists Welcome: The Story Behind the Kitschy ...

July 22, 2019

Amarillo Texas famous Cadillac Ranch teen spraying paint off of Route ...

Bald Eagle Versus the Turkey

July 21, 2019

A bald eagle sits on a perch in front of an American Flag. (Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe ...

Staggering Facts That Show Why Krakatoa Was A Monster V...

July 20, 2019

1883-Island and volcano of Krakatoa, Straight of Sunda, (before erupti...

The Evolution of Television Weather Reports

July 19, 2019

Jack Lescoulie doing the weather report from Atlantic City on June 26, 1956 -- Photo ...

Meet the Katzies: The Katzenjammer Kids, One of the Ear...

July 18, 2019

The 'Katzenjammer Kids' cartoon children are the subject of this color...

What You Didn’t Know About Betsy Ross

July 17, 2019

Living history reenactment of Betsy Ross making of first American flag, Philadelphia, Pen...

The Chinese and the Art of Explosion

July 16, 2019

Folk artists perform molten iron fireworks at Taierzhuang ancient city of China. (Photo by G...

Letter Perfect: The History of Varsity Jackets

July 15, 2019

Richie Cunningham wearing an iconic varsity jacket in a scene from TV's "Happy Day...

Native American Little People And The Pedro Mountain Mu...

July 14, 2019

The diminutive Pedro Mountain Mummy could be proof that Native America...

Hy-Brasil, The Irish Atlantis

July 13, 2019

This is probably what Hy-Brasil looks like with the morning mists rising over small loch, but this ...

Rome's Other Colosseum

July 12, 2019

Sunlight through the Colosseum in Rome, Italy. Source: (gettyimages.com) Rome’s ancient Flavian Amphithe...

The Story of Notre Dame de Reims

July 11, 2019

Notre Dame de Reims, Reims, France. Source: (gettyimages.com) The fire at the Notre Dame cathe...

Orville Redenbacher: What You Didn’t Know About The Pop...

July 10, 2019

Orville Redenbacher's comical name is now synonymous with popcorn. S...

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

July 9, 2019

Cover of Yankee Doodle children's book, published by McLoughlin ...

Encyclopedia Brown: Did You Grow Up Reading About This ...

July 8, 2019

Smart and nerdy, Encyclopedia Brown taught us it was okay to be the br...

W.C. Fields: A Wit For The Ages

July 7, 2019

Actor W.C. Fields in a scene from the movie The Old Fashioned Way Directed by: William Beaudine U...

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

July 6, 2019

Stephanie Kwolek, a chemist and inventor. Source: (forbes.com) Ste...

Mountain Dew’s Moonshine Past

July 5, 2019

Mountain Dew...not just for country folks. Source: (picclick.com) That highly-caffeinated, arti...

Victorian Buns: The Obsession with Enormous Bustles

July 4, 2019

Late Victorian flower show and garden party dresses with high bustles and fit...

James Smithson: Who Was the Guy Who Gave Us the Smithso...

July 3, 2019

A view of the Smithsonian Institution building in a field of daisies i...

“Rock A Bye, Baby” – The Origin Stories

July 2, 2019

Babies in trees? Rock A Bye, Baby is a strange nursery rhyme. Source: (mamalisa.com...

Plot Twist: The Most Famous Fictional Pirate Was Real

July 1, 2019

With a peg leg and a parrot on his shoulder, Long John Silver set the stand...

Becoming Tinkerbell

June 30, 2019

A cosplay fan dresses like Tinkerbell from Peter Pan. Source: (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images) One of Di...

Boobytrapped Treasures To Make Indiana Jones Quake With...

June 29, 2019

American actor Harrison Ford on the set of Raiders of the Lost Ark. So...

The Rough And Brutal History Of Rugby

June 28, 2019

Rugby match between England and Wales at Blackheath, London, United Kingdom, engraving from...

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

June 27, 2019

The Toreador Fresco illustrates the Minoan fascination with bulls. L...

Lotta Crabtree, The Nation’s Darling

June 26, 2019

Portrait of Lotta Crabtree Smoking a Cigar. Source: (Photo by Library of Congress/Corbis/V...

Going Underground: The History of the New York Subway S...

June 25, 2019

The New York City subway system, which opened in 1904 and is the world...

What You Didn’t Know About Scotland Yard

June 24, 2019

Scotland Yard Motorcycle Patrols in 1955. Source: (Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keys...