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Historical Facts

History Of Space Travel: From Science Fiction To Scienc...

July 23, 2021

Humans have been dreaming of visiting the stars for over a millennium, with ancient Sanskrit writings dating back to 300 C.E. telling of mythological flying ...

What's A Shibboleth? Origin And Meaning Of The Biblical...

May 30, 2021

Antique Bible texts in exhibit at the Royal Ontario Museum. (Roberto Machado Noa/LightRocket via Getty Images) "Shibboleth," when translated directly from Heb...

Parade History: When Did We Start Doing This All The Ti...

March 15, 2021

The word "parade" usually evokes a feeling of excitement and celebration, the deep urge to celebrate a person, idea, or event above the everyday humdrum of l...

Doughboy Prophylactic: A Full History of Condoms And Pr...

March 7, 2021

Condoms may seem like a no-brainer when it comes to protected sex, but that hasn't always been the case. Despite the earliest birth control dating back to A...

A Full History Of Eyelashes And Their Place In Culture:...

March 6, 2021

Ancient Egyptian women wearing kohl, from a tomb mural in Thebes (1420–1375 B.C.E.). (British Museum/Wikimedia Commons) Artistic and sensual or barely there, ...

The History Of The U.S.'s Peaceful Transition Of Power

January 19, 2021

The "President's House" in 1807. (White House/Wikimedia Commons) For as long as the U.S. has had a government, a peaceful transition of power has been fundamental...

Senate Sergeant At Arms: History Of The Police Officer ...

January 15, 2021

You may not realize it, but the sergeant at arms and doorkeeper of the United States Senate has one of the most important jobs in the country. The person in ...

Where Does The Term 'Redneck' Come From? How Redneck Cu...

January 10, 2021

Comedian Jeff Foxworthy is shown performing on stage during a "live" concert appearance on April 12, 2014. (John Atashian/Getty Images) The term "redneck" has...

The History Of Sriracha: How The Famous Vietnamese Cond...

January 2, 2021

A man dresses up with his hot dog with Huy Fong Sriracha Hot Sauce. (Paul J. Richards/AFP via Getty Images) As the hottest (literally) hipster condiment in Am...

The History Of Food Delivery: How Fast Takeout Became A...

January 1, 2021

Whether you've got a craving for pizza, pot stickers, or pho, there's probably a restaurant that's willing to deliver that scrumptious treat to your door for...

A Brief History of Champagne: Where Did Champagne Come ...

December 31, 2020

In a celebratory setting, a man's hands pour champagne into a glass slipper, while bubbles float in the background, ca.1970s. (Photo by Tom Kelley/Getty Images)...

Cultures That Don't Celebrate New Year's Day On January...

December 28, 2020

Performers take part in the traditional dragon-and-drums Chinese new year parade. (Joel Saget/AFP via Getty Images) As midnight approaches on December 31, the...

Black And Mexican Cowboys Made Up At Least 25% Of The A...

September 13, 2020

When you think of the Wild West, you probably think of a lonesome cowboy who maybe looks a bit like John Wayne, out on his own, fighting the elements and str...

12 Facts From History You Probably Didn't Know

January 16, 2017

In 1536, these three cages, used to hold the dismembered remnants of opposing religious leaders in the region, still hang on St. Lambert’s Cathedral in Münster, Germany The ...