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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.

History Of The County Fair

August 1, 2021

(Alex Camara/Europa Press via Getty Images) As late summer rolls around, county fair season is in fu...

The Theft Of The Hesse Crown Jewels

July 29, 2021

Recovery of jewels stolen from Kronberg Castle, Germany by Chicago police on June 12, 1946. (...

St. Francis Dam Disaster

July 25, 2021

A group of people and their car stand dwarfed by the shattered remains of the St. Francis Dam. (Bettmann...

This Day In History: Herostratus And The Destruction Of...

July 21, 2021

The Temple of Artemis, Ephesus, Turkey, 1933-1934. From Wonders of the...

July 17, 1981: 114 People Were Killed When A Walkway Co...

July 17, 2021

The site of one of the nation's worst disasters is quiet after 113 bod...

Charles Lindbergh’s Nazi Connection

July 13, 2021

Lindbergh with his plane, the Spirit of St. Louis. (Getty images) Charles Lindbergh had a...

Truth or Consequences, New Mexico: A Game Show Gimmick ...

July 9, 2021

“Truth or Consequences” game show with host Ralph Edwards (second from...

Saint Pierre and Miquelon, A Bit of France Just Ten Mil...

July 5, 2021

Saint Pierre and Miquelon. (DeAgostini/Getty Images) The last remain...

The Invention Of Aspirin

July 1, 2021

Aspirin tablets spilled from a bottle. (Chris Walton/South China Morning Post via Getty Images) Since ...

The Story Of Margaretha Von Waldeck, The Real Snow Whit...

June 27, 2021

Priscilla Presley portrayed the evil stepmother, complete with magic m...

Entire U.S. Figure Skating Team Killed in 1961 Plane Cr...

June 23, 2021

Family picture of the US figure skating team before boarding the Saben...

Orville Redenbacher: Everything You Didn't Know About T...

June 19, 2021

Orville Redenbacher in 1986. (George Rose/Getty Images) The unassumi...

Who Was The Red Baron? Facts About The World War I 'Ace...

June 17, 2021

Baron Captain Manfred von Richthofen, also known as the Red Baron, the...

Did The Hanging Gardens Even Exist? The Most Mysterious...

June 11, 2021

An artist rendition of the Hanging Gardens. (Getty Images) Of the or...

'The Scream:' Facts And Stories About Edvard Munch's Ic...

June 7, 2021

Munch made several versions of his famous painting, including this one...

Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire: How American Business...

June 1, 2021

Family members arrive at the New York City morgue to identify the bodi...

Not Funny: The 1962 Tanganyika Laughing Epidemic Struck...

May 28, 2021

Portrait of schoolgirls laughing. (Getty Images) On January 31, 1962...

Spring-Heeled Jack: The Jumping Fiend Who Terrorized Vi...

May 26, 2021

Spring-Heeled Jack, a devil-like character of English urban legend, es...

The Man Who Made Prohibition Happen After Being Stabbed...

May 22, 2021

Agents pour liquor into sewer following raid during height of Prohibit...

In Many Hispanic Countries, The Tooth Fairy Is A Mouse

May 18, 2021

A house mouse sitting on the glove of a biologist (Patrick Pleul/picture a...

Rodney Dangerfield And How He Pretty Much Invented Stan...

May 16, 2021

Comedian and film star Rodney Dangerfield poses during a 1987 Beverly ...

Birth Control Is Legalized In The U.S.A. In 1960

May 14, 2021

The contraceptive pill first became available in 1960. It uses synthetic female ...

How The Polio Vaccine Was Developed (And All The Hiccup...

April 30, 2021

Child vaccinated with Dr. Salk’s vaccine against polio in 1956. (Jean-...

A History of Shoe-Tossing: Why Do People Throw Shoes Ov...

April 24, 2021

Three pairs of shoes hang from power lines near 19th Street and Martin...

Ivan The Terrible (And Why He Wasn't That Terrible)

April 22, 2021

The Czar Ivan the Terrible, 1590, (1903). Artist Hans Wengel. (Print Collecto...

Female Pirates Anne Bonny and Mary Read And How They Es...

April 20, 2021

Anne Bonny and Mary Read. (Stefano Bianchetti/Corbis via Getty Images)...

The Breast Tax: Imposed On Women Who Chose To Cover The...

April 15, 2021

Lithograph from L'Inde Français, 1828. From the collection of Jean Cla...

Dizzy Gillespie: Trumpet Player, Jazz Legend, And Jimmy...

April 8, 2021

American jazz musician Dizzy Gillespie performing at the Meridien Hote...

A History Of Post-It Notes: When Were They Invented And...

April 6, 2021

Post-it Notes manufactured by 3M. (Scott Olson/Getty Images) Want to...

Jane Goodall: The Famous Anthropologist/Primatologist’s...

April 3, 2021

British primatologist Jane Goodall visits a chimpanzee rescue center...