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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.

Plague Masks: A Brief History Of The Strangest Medical ...

April 5, 2020

The plague mask featured a long beak. (Pinterest) As if the Black Pl...

Mysophobia: History Of The Fear Of Germs, Washing Hands...

April 4, 2020

A paramedic wears a protective mask and complete sterile dressing to a...

Howard Hughes: Facts And Stories You Didn't Know (All T...

April 2, 2020

Howard Hughes in the cockpit of an airplane in a leather flight helmet...

Terracotta Army: The 1974 Discovery Of 8,000 Ancient Cl...

March 29, 2020

The Terracotta Army guards the Emperor's tomb. (Photo by API/Gamma-Rap...

Charles 'Pretty Boy' Floyd: The Depression-Era Robin Ho...

March 28, 2020

Mugshot of gangster Charles "Pretty Boy" Floyd. One of the most colo...

'Hillbilly' Music: Billboard Debuted Country Hits For T...

March 25, 2020

Today's country and rock music owe their beginnings to "hillbilly" mus...

Okay Etymology: Why Do We Say "Okay" And Where Did It C...

March 23, 2020

As one of our most commonly used colloquialisms, "okay" is so much ...

FDR Ends Prohibition: The Immediate Aftermath And How T...

March 22, 2020

View of men and women celebrating the repeal of Prohibition with a toa...

Jimmy Carter Announces The 1980 Olympics Boycott

March 21, 2020

The opening ceremony of the 1980 Olympics. (RIA Novosti archive, image #487025 /...

Saint Patrick Blue: He Wasn't Always Green

March 17, 2020

The altar at Saul Church before the annual Saint Patrick's Day service shows the patro...

The Assassination Of Julius Caesar: History And Stories...

March 15, 2020

The death of Caesar. (Leemage/UIG via Getty Images) Beware the Ides ...

The Notorious B.I.G.: Theories And What Really Happened

March 9, 2020

American rapper Notorious B.I.G. attends the 1995 Billboard Music Awards,...

Alexander Graham Bell: Inventor Of The Telephone, Inter...

March 7, 2020

Bell with an early version of the telephone. (massmoments.org) Altho...

Dr. Seuss: Facts And Stories You Didn't Know About The ...

March 2, 2020

Theodor Geisel holding one of his most famous books. (newyorker.com) ...

Buddy Holly's Glasses Were Found In Iowa 21 Years After...

February 29, 2020

Buddy Holly's glasses are now on display in Lubbock. (en.wikipedia.org...

Mardi Gras Beads: Sweatshops, Pollution, And Other Dirt...

February 27, 2020

Mardi Gras cleanup is a monumental task. (plasticpollutioncoalition.or...

Buffalo Bill: The Old West's Greatest Showman

February 26, 2020

(yellowstonepark.com) The greatest showman of the wild, wild west, William Freder...

Hiram Rhodes Revels: The First Black Congressman

February 25, 2020

Hiram Revels, an African-American senator from Mississippi, taking oath of offic...

Washington Monument: Stories And Facts You Didn't Know ...

February 21, 2020

The first monument to George Washington was reminiscent of ancient Gre...

The Medici Family: Stories Of The Most Important Family...

February 17, 2020

Lorenzo the Magnificent (1585-1644) with the major artists of the time...

"God Bless You" Sneeze Response: A Pope, A Plague, And ...

February 16, 2020

1950s woman preparing for a sneeze. (Photo by Debrocke/ClassicStock/Ge...

Giri Choco: On Valentine's Day, Japanese Women 'Traditi...

February 13, 2020

Women buy boxes of chocolates as gifts before Valentine's Day at a Tok...

Saint Valentine: The Patron Saint Of Bees, Fainting, An...

February 11, 2020

Valentine ministered to persecuted Christians in the third century. Co...

1904 Baltimore Fire: 80 Blocks Burned And Lessons Learn...

February 7, 2020

Men hurry on the street as they work to demolish buildings during the ...

Elizabeth II: Stories And Facts You Maybe Didn't Know Q...

February 6, 2020

Elizabeth II became queen on February 6, 1952, although she had to wai...

The Origins Of Groundhog Day: Why Do We Celebrate It Ag...

February 2, 2020

Punxsutawney Phil is held up by his handler for the crowd to see durin...

Clark Gable: Hitler, Bugs Bunny, And More Stories You'v...

February 1, 2020

Clark Gable in a publicity photograph for his film Too Hot to Handle (...

Guy Fawkes: The Man, The Myth, The Mask

January 31, 2020

A man with a Guy Fawkes mask during a protest. (Photo by Giorgos Georgiou/NurPhoto via Ge...

Ancient Mesoamericans Invented Rubber 3,000 Years Befor...

January 23, 2020

Rubber played a big part in the traditional Mesoamerican ballgame, whi...

The Making Of A Mad Monk: How Rasputin Went From A Peas...

January 21, 2020

Grigorj Rasputin, Russia's Mad Monk and mystic. (Photo by DeAgostini/G...