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Then and Now

Rock, Paper, Scissors Goes Back To Ancient China

September 24, 2019

Can't decide where to have dinner? Need to determine who will take out the trash? Battling over who gets the front seat? All of these disputes can be easily solved by ...

Mountain Dew’s Moonshine Past

July 5, 2019

That highly-caffeinated, artificially-yellow, sugary-sweet beverage that you chug when you’re thirsty or need an energy boost was never intended to be a soft drink. In fact, it has tie...

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's largest rapid transit system serving over 5.7 million daily riders on weekdays. Source:...

Coming Full Circle: Revolutionary Ideas In Grocery Shop...

June 12, 2019

Grocery Store Interior, Washington DC, USA, Harris & Ewing, 1917. Source: (photo by: GHI/Universal History Archive via Getty Images) Here’s a surprising fact ...

Why Right Is Right And Left Is Wrong: Historical Myths ...

June 8, 2019

A left-handed child writes on the French National Lefties Day on August 23, 2015. Source: (Photo credit DIARMID COURREGES/AFP/Getty Images) If you are one of ...

The Evil Eye

May 27, 2019

Nearly every ancient culture has had some sort of superstitions about evil eyes and curses. The curse of the evil eye hasn’t changed a wink over the years. It is basically the belief that someone could s...

Folktale Origins Of Wishing Wells

May 6, 2019

Wishing well at Ramona marriage place old town, San Diego, California, 1930. Source: (Photo by Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images) In the mall, in the park, or in your neighbor’s fron...

May Day: Welcoming Spring

April 30, 2019

Queen Elizabeth II watches maypole dancers. Source: (Photo by Tim Ireland/PA Images via Getty Images) Although the Spring Equinox occurs several weeks earlier, many ancient cultures celebrate...

Special Delivery: Why Storks Bring Babies

April 23, 2019

It is one of our most common trope…a long-legged, white stork carrying a newborn baby in a white cloth bundle, delivering the child to its new parents. This is the story that...

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

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 York....

The Mysteries Of Outer Space – How Far Science Has Adva...

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 ...

Babylon – The Rise And Fall Of It

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...

“You’ve Come A Long Way, Baby”: Virginia Slims and the ...

March 21, 2019

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

Science Fiction Movies: Then (1950s) And Now

March 10, 2019

There are many different tastes in movies with varying genres including drama, comedy, romance, action, and science fiction. Science Fiction movies started out very primit...

Milk and Racing: The Indy 500’s Strange Obsession With ...

February 28, 2019

Scott Dixon drinks the ceremonial winner's milk over in victory lane in celebration of winning the 2008 Indianapolis 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in...

“Happy Birthday To You”: The Celebratory Song With the ...

February 21, 2019

Finally, in 2015, more than 90 years after it was first published, the song everyone sings before blowing out their birthday candles, the ditty “Happy Bi...

Ups And Downs: The History Of Roller Coasters

February 1, 2019

New Roller Coaster riders at Elitch Gardens. Source: (Craig F. Walker/The Denver Post via Getty Images) Thrill seekers and adrenaline junkies love the heart-pounding excit...

Before They Were Cliché: Five Common Expressions and Th...

January 27, 2019

Actors Charlton Heston as Moses and Yul Brynner as Pharaoh Rameses II of Egypt in the biblical epic 'The Ten Commandments', 1956. Here Moses turns the waters o...

A Look at the Stock Market of Yesterday and Today

January 26, 2019

10/24/1929-New York, NY. The street scene on Black Thursday, the day the New York stock market crashed, and the day that led to the Great Depression. Source: (gettyimage...

Convicted by Fingerprint: A 1910 Murder Trial Makes His...

January 22, 2019

A policeman takes a fingerprint at an Interpol facility in Lima on August 29, 2018. Source: (CRIS BOURONCLE/AFP/Getty Images) On September 19, 1910, Thomas Je...

The Beauty of Living Root Bridges

January 19, 2019

SHILLONG, MEGHALAYA, INDIA, 5/15/06. Source: Subhendu Sarkar/LightRocket via Getty Images. A view of the living root bridge at Mawlynnong on the outskirts of Shillong. Mawlynnong is a...

That Flatbread That Became A Meal: Pizza

December 30, 2018

New York City Pizzeria. Source: (Photo from https://nearsay.com) Pizza is a food that is loved by most people, whether Italian or not. Convenient for movie night or any night w...

Chocolate - Food of the gods

December 29, 2018

These days, chocolate is a popular sweet treat and every holiday that comes around is another excuse to eat chocolate in various shapes and forms. Without it, there would be no s’mores or...

What is Figgy Pudding? Food and Drinks From Our Favorit...

December 25, 2018

Eggnog Christmas milk cocktail with cinnamon, served in two glasses on vintage tray with shortbread star shape sugar cookies, decor toys, fir branch over white ...

Tracking Devices: Is Big Brother Watching You?

November 17, 2018

Down through history, there has always been some kind of need to know where someone is. However primitive it might have been in the beginning, we can certainly see today ...

History of Popular Video Game Systems

October 6, 2018

What’s all the buzz about video games? Why is it such a billion dollar industry? Video games have become a part of our culture. This has become a form of entertainment that has e...

Then and Now: New York in 1873 vs 2014

May 2, 2017

The video below shows before and after photos of New York City taken between 1872 and 1887 compared to 2013 - 2014 photos shot in the same location. Credit: Jordan Liles | For more...

13 Great Cities Then and Now

March 6, 2017

Take a look at the difference... Rio De Janeiro, Brazil Tokyo, Japan Sydney, Australia Singapore Shanghai, China Shenzen, China Berlin, Germany Athens, Greece Dubai, United Arab Emira...