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  • This ancient liquor popular among Vikings may be the answer to antibiotic resistance

    28 Jun 2015 | 8:18 pm
    From Business Insider: This ancient liquor popular among Vikings may be the answer to antibiotic resistance. Scientists in Sweden are launching their own mead — an alcoholic beverage made from a fermented mix of honey and water — based on old recipes they say could help in the fight against antibiotic resistance. Together with a brewery, the scientists, who have long studied bees and their honey, have launched their own mead drink: Honey Hunter’s Elixir. Lund University researcher Tobias Olofsson said mead had a long track record in bringing positive effects on health. “Mead…
  • Letters to Aviation History

    History Net: Where History Comes Alive - World & US History Online
    2 Jul 2015 | 10:27 am
    Blue Max Fans After all these years, it was really great reading about how The Blue Max was made. I loved the movie the first time I saw it, I loved Jack D. Hunter’s book, I loved seeing the movie again on DVD, I love having the poster on my wall and loved Don Hollway’s article. […]
  • Top 10 outstanding ancient Roman arts

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    Saugat Adhikari
    2 Jul 2015 | 8:41 am
    It is well known that ancient Rome was one of the biggest empires to have ever existed in human history. For this reason, the topic of ancient Roman art becomes far broader than one might expect it to be, since it involves observing traditional art practiced for over 1000 years across the vast regions of Africa, Asia and Europe. The earliest recognizable pieces of ancient Roman art date back even beyond 500 BCE. The paradigm of Roman art was clearly influenced by the artistic practices popular at the time of the classical Greek era. The Romans took whatever they could learn from already…
  • Roman Villa Reopens on Wild Tuscan Island

    Discovery News
    2 Jul 2015 | 4:00 pm
    The ruins of one of the most prestigious maritime villas from Roman times are set to reopen after 15 years on July 2 in a small, almost uninhabited island off the Tuscan coast.
  • Design Competition Launched for National World War I Memorial

    History in the Headlines
    Christopher Klein
    2 Jul 2015 | 12:11 pm
    Credit: U.S. World War One Memorial Centennial Commission The nation’s capital features memorials to Americans who fought and died in three of the 20th century’s great wars—World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War—yet it lacks a national monument to those who served in the Great War itself, World War I. A campaign is under way, however, to rectify the glaring omission. The U.S. World War One Centennial Commission, a temporary federal agency chartered by Congress in 2013, has launched an open competition to choose a design for a new national World War I Memorial in Washington,…
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  • Design Competition Launched for National World War I Memorial

    Christopher Klein
    2 Jul 2015 | 12:11 pm
    Credit: U.S. World War One Memorial Centennial Commission The nation’s capital features memorials to Americans who fought and died in three of the 20th century’s great wars—World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War—yet it lacks a national monument to those who served in the Great War itself, World War I. A campaign is under way, however, to rectify the glaring omission. The U.S. World War One Centennial Commission, a temporary federal agency chartered by Congress in 2013, has launched an open competition to choose a design for a new national World War I Memorial in Washington,…
  • 10 Things You May Not Know About P.T. Barnum

    Evan Andrews
    2 Jul 2015 | 12:05 pm
    1. Barnum was an entrepreneur from an early age. Barnum’s knack for moneymaking first manifested during his youth in Bethel, Connecticut. The future showman sold snacks and homemade cherry rum during local gatherings, and by age 12, he had made enough money to purchase his own livestock. By 21, his holdings also included a general store, a small lottery and even his own newspaper called the “Herald of Freedom.” 2. He first rose to prominence by engineering a famous hoax. In 1835, Barnum launched his career in entertainment by purchasing Joice Heth, a blind slave touted as being the…
  • Tennis’ Elusive Grand Slam

    Sarah Pruitt
    2 Jul 2015 | 11:06 am
    Don Budge – 1938 Don Budge in the first round at Wimbledon in 1938. (Credit: Imagno/Getty Images) Growing up in Oakland, California, the young Budge loved football and soccer before focusing on tennis. He played for the U.S. Davis Cup team from 1935-38, winning 25 of 29 matches, and in 1937 led the team to its first title since 1926. After Fred Perry, the reigning king of amateur tennis, turned pro in 1937, Budge began his domination of the all-important Grand Slam tournaments, which at the time were open only to amateur players. (Journalists began using the card-playing term “Grand…
  • Nicholas Winton, “Britain’s Schindler,” Dies at 106

    Barbara Maranzani
    2 Jul 2015 | 8:07 am
    Nicholas Winton receiving the Czech Order of the White Lion on October 28, 2014. (Credit: Michal Ruzicka/isifa/Getty Images) Born Nicholas Wertheimer (or Wertheim) in London in 1909, Winton was the son of German Jewish parents who had arrived in England two years earlier. In an effort to assimilate, his parents would later change the family name to Winton and have Nicholas baptized in the Anglican church. After leaving school without his degree, the multi-lingual Winton worked a series of finance jobs throughout Europe before returning to England to work on the London Stock Exchange. He…
  • 8 Famous Figures Born on the Fourth of July

    Christopher Klein
    2 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    1. Calvin Coolidge While the Fourth of July saw the death of three of the first five U.S. presidents—John Adams and Thomas Jefferson in 1826 and James Monroe in 1831—Calvin Coolidge was the only chief executive born on Independence Day. The 30th president was born on July 4, 1872, in the small hamlet of Plymouth Notch, Vermont. While serving as vice president, Coolidge was at the family homestead in the early morning hours of August 3, 1923, when the shocking news of the sudden death of President Warren G. Harding arrived. By the light of a kerosene lamp in the family’s parlor,…
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  • In more innocent days, you could write about cocks and not be misunderstood

    3 Jul 2015 | 5:27 am
    From The Guardian: In more innocent days, you could write about cocks and not be misunderstood. The brave and resourceful small girl in Arthur Ransome’s 1930 classic, Swallows and Amazons, is called Titty. But not, we learn, in the new film version being made by the BBC. There she will be renamed Tatty, to avoid “too many sniggers”. It’s not the first time this indignity has befallen Titty, who was named after the traditional English fairytale, Titty Mouse and Tatty Mouse, in a more innocent age. (According to the Online Etymological Dictionary, the word “tits” only started being…
  • Britain’s most famous 1700s sailor spent 4 years disguised as a man

    2 Jul 2015 | 8:26 pm
    From Atlas Obscura: Britain’s Most Famous 1700s Sailor Spent 4 Years Disguised as a Man. In 1747, when she was 22, Hannah Snell left home in search of her missing husband. Instead, she found fame. Over the next five years, she became a a sailor and a fighter, all while posing as a man. When Snell returned home and revealed her true gender, far from paying a price for deceit, she became an instant celebrity across Britain. Snell grew up in landlocked Worcester, England, the daughter of a dyer who had nine children. By the time she was 17, her parents had died, and she had moved to…
  • How snobbery helped take the spice out of European cooking

    2 Jul 2015 | 8:18 pm
    From NPR: How Snobbery Helped Take The Spice Out Of European Cooking. In medieval Europe, those who could afford to do so would generously season their stews with saffron, cinnamon, cloves and ginger. Sugar was ubiquitous in savory dishes. And haute European cuisine, until the mid-1600s, was defined by its use of complex, contrasting flavors. “The real question, then, is why the wealthy, powerful West — with unprecedented access to spices from its colonies — became so fixated on this singular understanding of flavor,” Srinivas says. The answer, it turns out, has just as much…
  • What happened to the British Museum’s revenant mollusc?

    2 Jul 2015 | 9:56 am
    You’ll like this Metafilter thread: LAZURASNAIL: What happened to the British Museum’s revenant mollusc? It begins: In the mid-1800s, a snail spent years glued to a specimen card in the British Museum before scientists realized it was still alive. What became of this snail? [continue] And then there’s lots of interesting detail.
  • This ancient liquor popular among Vikings may be the answer to antibiotic resistance

    28 Jun 2015 | 8:18 pm
    From Business Insider: This ancient liquor popular among Vikings may be the answer to antibiotic resistance. Scientists in Sweden are launching their own mead — an alcoholic beverage made from a fermented mix of honey and water — based on old recipes they say could help in the fight against antibiotic resistance. Together with a brewery, the scientists, who have long studied bees and their honey, have launched their own mead drink: Honey Hunter’s Elixir. Lund University researcher Tobias Olofsson said mead had a long track record in bringing positive effects on health. “Mead…
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    The Diary of Samuel Pepys

  • Wednesday 2 July 1662

    Samuel Pepys
    2 Jul 2015 | 5:59 pm
    Up while the chimes went four, and to put down my journal, and so to my office, to read over such instructions as concern the officers of the Yard; for I am much upon seeing into the miscarriages there. By and by, by appointment, comes Commissioner Pett; and then a messenger from Mr. Coventry, who sits in his boat expecting us, and so we down to him at the Tower, and there took water all, and to Deptford (he in our passage taking notice how much difference there is between the old Captains for obedience and order, and the King’s new Captains, which I am very glad to hear him confess);…
  • Tuesday 1 July 1662

    Samuel Pepys
    1 Jul 2015 | 5:59 pm
    To the office, and there we sat till past noon, and then Captain Cuttance and I by water to Deptford, where the Royal James (in which my Lord went out the last voyage, though [he] came back in the Charles) was paying off by Sir W. Batten and Sir W. Pen. So to dinner, where I had Mr. Sheply to dine with us, and from thence I sent to my Lord to know whether she should be a first rate, as the men would have her, or a second. He answered that we should forbear paying the officers and such whose pay differed upon the rate of the ship, till he could speak with his Royal Highness. To the Pay again…
  • Monday 30 June 1662

    Samuel Pepys
    30 Jun 2015 | 5:59 pm
    Up betimes, and to my office, where I found Griffen’s girl making it clean, but, God forgive me! what a mind I had to her, but did not meddle with her. She being gone, I fell upon boring holes for me to see from my closet into the great office, without going forth, wherein I please myself much. So settled to business, and at noon with my wife to the Wardrobe, and there dined, and staid talking all the afternoon with my Lord, and about four o’clock took coach with my wife and Lady, and went toward my house, calling at my Lady Carteret’s, who was within by chance (she keeping…
  • Sunday 29 June 1662

    Samuel Pepys
    29 Jun 2015 | 5:59 pm
    (Lord’s day). Up by four o’clock, and to the settling of my own accounts, and I do find upon my monthly ballance, which I have undertaken to keep from month to month, that I am worth 650l., the greatest sum that ever I was yet master of. I pray God give me a thankfull, spirit, and care to improve and encrease it. To church with my wife, who this day put on her green petticoat of flowred satin, with fine white and gimp lace of her own putting on, which is very pretty. Home with Sir W. Pen to dinner by appointment, and to church again in the afternoon, and then home, Mr. Shepley…
  • Saturday 28 June 1662

    Samuel Pepys
    28 Jun 2015 | 5:59 pm
    Up to my Lord’s and my own accounts, and so to the office, where all the forenoon sitting, and at noon by appointment to the Mitre, where Mr. Shepley gave me and Mr. Creed, and I had my uncle Wight with us, a dish of fish. Thence to the office again, and there all the afternoon till night, and so home, and after talking with my wife to bed. This day a genteel woman came to me, claiming kindred of me, as she had once done before, and borrowed 10s. of me, promising to repay it at night, but I hear nothing of her. I shall trust her no more. Great talk there is of a fear of a war with the…
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    History in the News

  • Hillary Clinton struggled to fit in with Obama's White House, emails say

    2 Jul 2015 | 5:28 pm
    Hillary Clinton struggled to fit into the government of President Barack Obama after being appointed Secretary of State in 2009, according to emails released by the State Department on Tuesday. They showed Clinton turning up for meetings that had been canceled and worrying about how much time she had with her new boss, revealing growing pains in the relationship between her and former election rival Obama in the early months of her time as America's top diplomat.
  • Bob Dole Fast Facts

    2 Jul 2015 | 1:17 pm
    Dole served as Chairman of the International Commission on Missing Persons and the Chairman of the National World War II Memorial fundraising campaign. Timeline: 1945 - Seriously wounded during a World War II battle in Italy.
  • Bill Clinton visits Vietnam to mark 20th anniversary of ties

    2 Jul 2015 | 9:02 am
    Former U.S. President Bill Clinton guestures during a speech at an event celebrating 239th anniversary of the U.S. independence and 20th anniversary of normalization of relations between the U.S. and Vietnam on Hanoi, Vietnam... . Former U.S. President Bill Clinton guestures during a speech at an event celebrating 239th anniversary of the U.S. independence and 20th anniversary of normalization of relations between the U.S. and Vietnam on Hanoi, Vietnam... .
  • Obama Just the Latest President to See La Crosse

    2 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    A little research by the La Crosse Tribune found the city of about 50,000 has averaged a presidential visit every 4 1/2 years since George H.W. Bush passed through in 1992. That includes visits by Bill Clinton in 1998, two trips by George W. Bush in 2002 and 2004, plus Obama's visit this year and in 2008 when he was a presidential candidate.
  • Lost medals replaced for Greenbrier veteran

    2 Jul 2015 | 3:48 am
    World War II veteran Neal Johnson's son, Arthur Johnson, with Neal's wife, Ruth, watch Wednesday as U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton - a ... Just days shy of Independence Day, U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton pinned the Bronze Star on the right jacket lapel of 89-year-old Neal Johnson, a World War II veteran and the recipient of seven additional medals, including the Purple Heart. Johnson had received the medals long ago for his service on the front lines of the Battle of the Bulge and in other combat in the European theater.
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    American Presidents Blog

  • FDR Visits Alaska

    Jennie W
    22 Jun 2015 | 1:39 am
    I actually read this article in the "real" paper last fall and am just getting around to posting it.  This talks about the fishing he did while in Alaska.  He didn't visit much of the state during this 1944 trip.When I think of FDR and Alaska, I actually think of his New Deal program which sent colonists to Alaska in 1935 from Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan.  The reason is that two of those colonists were my great-grandparents.   My grandmother was six months old when she arrived with them. 
  • American Experience: FDR

    Jennie W
    8 Jun 2015 | 6:34 pm
    So I've been on a history documentary kick and thought I'd try to get some posts up about them.  I recently watched the American Experience on FDR.  I really haven't seen an American Experience I didn't like and this was no exception  I really learned quite a bit about his early career (like he ran for VP in the 1920s!) or how and when he got polio.  I guess I somehow thought he got it as a kid and it just didn't incapacitate him until later (yes, my medical knowledge...not so great!).I thought this did a great job of talking about Eleanor and her contributions as…
  • FDR Decides Thanksgiving

    Jennie W
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:22 pm
    Are you ready for Thanksgiving?  Here is a fun article talking about setting the date for Thanksgiving and the furor FDR created in 1939 when he set the date for Thanksgiving!American Thanksgiving is the fourth Thursday in November. Countless institutions depend on this date being predictable year in and year out: football teams planning their "Turkey Bowl" games, schools setting their vacation schedules, department stores deciding when to put up their Christmas decorations.But the Thanksgiving date wasn't always so reliable. For decades, the president got to decide when the holiday…
  • President Kennedy's Election: Vote Counting Fraud?

    Jennie W
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:07 am
    I bookmarked this article back during the election, but am just getting around to post it (much like my state on finally deciding important races....seriously, do we have a governor or senator yet? And yes, both were finally settled).   What was interesting about this article is that it mentioned some vote counting controversies that I didn't know about.  When I teach the 1960 election, I tend to really emphasis the use of media and how that changed the outcome, but the vote counting is interesting as most students automatically think of the 2000 election with…
  • Washington Facts

    Jennie W
    19 Nov 2014 | 10:36 pm
    So I don't know about you, but I knew most of these "forgotten" facts and I wouldn't even call them "forgotten," more ignored.  The one I didn't know was that Washington grew hemp!Like other farmers, Washington grew hemp as a cash crop, but it’s not what you think. The hemp wasn’t smoked for pleasure. It was used to make rope, paper, and other products. Washington also grew corn and wheat. He was actually quite an agricultural innovator; he introduced the concept of crop rotation. Washington, the farmer, introduced the mule to America when he bred donkeys from the King of Spain and…
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    History Net: Where History Comes Alive - World & US History Online

  • Daily Quiz for July 3, 2015

    HistoryNet Staff
    2 Jul 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Swedish king Gustavus Adolphus was killed at this battle.
  • Behind the Lines: From Separate and Unequal to Shipmates

    Thomas W. Fleming
    2 Jul 2015 | 3:52 pm
    The U.S. Navy’s surprise steps toward desegregation in World War II
  • Letters to Aviation History

    2 Jul 2015 | 10:27 am
    Blue Max Fans After all these years, it was really great reading about how The Blue Max was made. I loved the movie the first time I saw it, I loved Jack D. Hunter’s book, I loved seeing the movie again on DVD, I love having the poster on my wall and loved Don Hollway’s article. […]
  • Book Review – Hump Pilot: Defying Death Flying the Himalayas During World War II

    2 Jul 2015 | 9:37 am
    Hump Pilot: Defying Death Flying the Himalayas During World War II By Nedda R. Thomas, History Publishing, Palisades, N.Y., 2014, $18.95. here are few personal accounts by World War II cargo plane pilots, and fewer still of those who flew “over the Hump,” the Allies’ name for the air supply route from northern India to […]
  • Book Review – The Wright Brothers, by David McCullough

    2 Jul 2015 | 9:33 am
    The Wright Brothers by David McCullough, Simon & Schuster, New York, 2015, $30. As noted in several recent reviews, non-aviation-oriented writers are turning to early flying lore for topics—a welcome trend that has now reached a peak, with two-time Pulitzer Prize–winner David McCullough snaring perhaps the most important subject in his easy-to-read The Wright Brothers. […]
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  • Star of the Republic Museum to Host African American Genealogy Workshop ... - KBTX

    2 Jul 2015 | 10:16 am
    KBTXStar of the Republic Museum to Host African American Genealogy Workshop KBTXAttendees will also explore the use of DNA to trace African American lineages. After lunch, the workshop will delve in to African American history, followed by a hands-on interactive session. The workshop will conclude with a question-and-answer session.
  • Real-Life Black Swan Misty Copeland Scores A First For African-American ... - Unicorn Booty (blog)

    2 Jul 2015 | 9:41 am
    Unicorn Booty (blog)Real-Life Black Swan Misty Copeland Scores A First For African-American Unicorn Booty (blog)The American Ballet Theatre in New York made history this past Monday by naming Misty Copeland the first African-American principal dancer in the theatre's 75-year history. Copeland was previously featured as the first dancer on the cover of Time ...African-American ballerina makes historyThe New DailyMisty Copeland Makes History As American Ballet Theater's First Black The InquisitrMisty Copeland is first African-American woman named a principal of American…
  • See 9 Striking Historical Photos of African American Women - TIME

    2 Jul 2015 | 4:03 am
    TIMESee 9 Striking Historical Photos of African American WomenTIMEThe history of what it has meant to be black and female in the United States is not easily summed up—a point that the upcoming Smithsonian photo book African American Women makes plain. As Kinshasha Holman Conwill, deputy director of the National ...
  • For this Philly guy, African-American history is magical - Philly.com

    2 Jul 2015 | 2:21 am
    Philly.comFor this Philly guy, African-American history is magicalPhilly.comBut not a whole lot of other African-Americans make their living doing magic tricks. "Finding an African-American magician is like finding a needle in a haystack," Ran 'D Shine, 45, of Mount Airy, told me earlier this week. "We are out there, but it's and more »
  • Maui County finally honors its African-American history - MauiTime Weekly (blog)

    1 Jul 2015 | 4:07 pm
    MauiTime Weekly (blog)Maui County finally honors its African-American historyMauiTime Weekly (blog)History tells us, all of us, that it's never been easy time to be black in America. Enshrined in the very Constitution (where it would remain until after the Civil War) was the “compromise” that a black person was just three-fifths as important, as
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  • July 03, 1863: Battle of Gettysburg ends

    2 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    On the third day of the Battle of Gettysburg, Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s last attempt at breaking the Union line ends in disastrous failure, bringing the most decisive battle of the American Civil War to an end. In June 1863, following his masterful victory at the Battle of Chancellorsville, General Lee launched his second invasion of the Union in less than a year. He led his 75,000-man Army of Northern Virginia across the Potomac River, through Maryland, and into Pennsylvania, seeking to win a major battle on Northern soil that would further dispirit the Union war effort and…
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    The New York History Blog

  • This Week’s Top New York History News

    Editorial Staff
    3 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Fold3’s Rev War Collection Free New Catskills Interpretive Center Opened Stonewall Inn Named Historic Landmark 2015 Common Core Conference Planned Champlain Rev War Artifact Headed To Navy DEC Commissioner Joseph Martens Resigns NPS Orders Removal of Confederate Flags Major Funding Rise For NYC Libraries National Comedy Center Planned Americans Celebrate After Rights Ruling Subscribe! More […]
  • Rondout National Historic District: A Walking Tour

    Olivia Twine
    2 Jul 2015 | 1:00 pm
    A walking tour of The Rondout-West Strand National Historic District in Kingston, sponsored monthly by Friends of Historic Kingston, contrasts the results of a heartbreaking 1960’s urban renewal project with the gentrification that followed in an area that escaped the wrecking ball. After the entire east side of Lower Broadway was demolished in 1967 vintage […]
  • Heritage Tourism Lessons from Jurassic World

    Peter Feinman
    2 Jul 2015 | 10:09 am
    Jurassic World, showcases the plight of executive directors of destination tourist sites in continually developing newer and more exciting exhibits to attract an increasingly bored public. The exhibits at Jurassic World are even more thrilling than our best American Revolution or Civil War reenactments. Jurassic World’s operations manager is Claire Dearing, a “business suit-clad executive” […]
  • New Catskills Interpretive Center Opened

    Editorial Staff
    2 Jul 2015 | 7:10 am
    The Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner has officially opened the Maurice D. Hinchey Catskill Interpretive Center on Route 28 in the Hamlet of Mt. Tremper, Town of Shandaken, Ulster County, which is expected to serve as a gateway for visitors to Catskills Forest Preserve to learn about the area’s outdoor recreation opportunities, its ecology, and […]
  • Civil War Albany Rises To Action

    Peter Hess
    1 Jul 2015 | 12:00 pm
    As had happened during the French and Indian War and later the Revolutionary War, from the first days of the Civil War Albany was converted into a military camp. Lincoln’s original request for troops designated Albany, New York City and Elmira as military marshaling points. Troops from the entire northeast, including upstate New York as […]
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  • Top 10 Times Literature Inspired Real-Life Violence

    Samuel Theodros
    2 Jul 2015 | 9:10 pm
    A work of literature is supposed to inspire a reader. Some works teach of heroism, others of friendship and love. In most cases, authors have a personal relationship with their characters and stories and hope that their work will be appreciated by the reading public. The last thing a writer expects is for their work […] The post Top 10 Times Literature Inspired Real-Life Violence appeared first on Toptenz.net.
  • 10 Times the Butler Actually Did It

    Kristine Alexander
    1 Jul 2015 | 9:10 pm
    “The butler did it!” has become a mystery novel cliché, a tired trope that broadcasts the unoriginality of any author pointing to the houseman as the villain. However, real life has no such restrictions on culpability for underhanded behavior. History, both recent and otherwise, offers numerous examples of crimes and betrayals committed by the trusted household help […] The post 10 Times the Butler Actually Did It appeared first on Toptenz.net.
  • 10 People You’ve Never Heard Of Who Changed the World

    Jeff Danelek
    30 Jun 2015 | 9:10 pm
    Fame is a curious thing. Two people will devote their lives to working toward the same world changing goal, with one gaining global recognition while the other slides into obscurity. So what makes one person famous while the other remains an unknown? Good PR is often a part of it, of course. Other times people suffer from […] The post 10 People You’ve Never Heard Of Who Changed the World appeared first on Toptenz.net.
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    History Of Macedonia

  • Ανησυχία στα Σκόπια

    3 Jul 2015 | 8:19 am
    Κάποιες φορές οι δικτατορίσκοι καταρρέουν ( και ) υπό το βάρος της αλαζονείας τους. Αυτόν τον δρόμο φαίνεται ότι ακολουθεί και ο πρωθυπουργός της ΠΓΔΜ Ν.Γκρούεφσκι. Ενώ βρίσκεται στο στόχαστρο για το σκάνδαλο των υποκλοπών, δικαστικό συμβούλιο παρέπεμψε τον αρχηγό της αξιωματικής αντιπολίτευσης Ζ.Ζάεφ να δικαστεί για την…
  • Συντονισμένες ενέργειες για την προστασία του μνημείου Καστά στην Αμφίπολη

    2 Jul 2015 | 7:03 am
    Σύσκεψη υπηρεσιακών παραγόντων με αντικείμενο την προστασία και ανάδειξη του μνημείου Καστά στην Αμφίπολη πραγματοποιήθηκε σήμερα στο Υπουργείο Πολιτισμού στο πλαίσιο της διεπιστημονικής συνεργασίας που έχει αναπτυχθεί υπό τον γενικό συντονισμό της Αν. Γενικής Γραμματέως κυρίας Μαρίας Ανδρεαδάκη – Βλαζάκη. Μετά την…
  • Προπέτασμα καπνού για την υπονόμευση της χώρας

    30 Jun 2015 | 6:34 am
    Κωνσταντίνος Χολέβας -Πολιτικός επιστήμων Το δημοψήφισμα είναι άχρηστο και αντισυνταγματικό. Η κυβέρνηση Τσίπρα αποδείχθηκε ανίκανη να εκπληρώσει την προεκλογική της υπόσχεση, δηλαδή να διαπραγματευθεί με τους δανειστές κατά τρόπο πιο επιτυχημένο από εκείνον των προηγουμένων κυβερνήσεων. Αντί να παραδεχθεί την…
  • Νέο εύρημα στα Σκόπια

    26 Jun 2015 | 12:38 am
    Την ώρα που οι Σκοπιανοί καπηλεύονται την (υποτιθέμενη) μακεδονική προέλευσή τους ,νέο εντυπωσιακό εύρημα, ένα ακέφαλο άγαλμα σε ανθρώπινο μέγεθος, ανακαλύφθηκε στη μακεδονική πόλη Στύβερα ( 15 χλμ. από το Πρίλεπ) από την Αρχαιολογική Υπηρεσία των Σκοπίων. Εικάζεται ότι το άγαλμα είναι αφιερωμένο σε επιφανή αξιωματούχο της…
  • Συμφωνήθηκαν ένδεκα ΜΟΕ με τα Σκόπια

    25 Jun 2015 | 12:33 am
    του Σταύρου Τζίμα Στη σκιά της βαριάς πολιτικής κρίσης που μαστίζει την ΠΓΔΜ και των κρίσιμων εξελίξεων στην Ελλάδα, Αθήνα και Σκόπια επιχειρούν την επανεκκίνηση των διμερών σχέσεων με αφετηρία τη χθεσινή επίσκεψη του υπουργού Εξωτερικών Νίκου Κοτζιά στην πρωτεύουσα της γειτονικής χώρας και την ανακοίνωση Μέτρων…
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    Claire Gebben

  • Stumps in the road

    15 Jun 2015 | 3:44 pm
    When it comes to historical research, it’s all too easy to follow one thread, then another, until progress slows to the pace of a journey by horse and wagon in the 18th century. Ohio near St. Clairsville, 2015Currently, in my studies of Scots immigrants to Ohio, I’m on the trail of pre-canal, pre-railroad travel. Via interlibrary loan, I’ve checked out a copy of Margaret Van Horn Dwight’s diary, published under the title “A Journey to Ohio in 1810.” A delightful account of an arduous trip delayed again and again, due to weather, flooding rivers, and a…
  • Trips end

    8 Jun 2015 | 3:22 pm
    Chambers Bay Golf Course We’re back home in Seattle, where the U.S. Open golf tournament is about to begin. What a trip, beginning with chill and blustery Scotland, continuing in warmer, drizzling Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and concluding in Freinsheim Germany with a heat wave. Reformed Evangelical Protestant Church tower in the center of Freinsheim And with plenty of toasts at the Freinsheimer Altstadtfest. To close, below are just a few photos and memories. Cheers! The Altstadtfest runs for three days. We only lasted one (because our flight left early on day 2, naturally). Croft…
  • Spargelmania, and the Wohnmobile

    5 Jun 2015 | 4:31 pm
    This morning Matthias and I bicycled, at my request, to an asparagus field. Perhaps a strange tourist stop, but I couldn’t picture how asparagus is grown underground here (on purpose, to keep it white instead of green). When we arrived, we stood for awhile watching the morning harvesters. Asparagus (Spargel) is picked twice a day, in the morning and the evening. If you want to go deeper, read all about “Spargelmania” here. As we stood gazing at the field, Matthias turned to me with a quizzical expression. “What do you call those pieces of timber that hold up the roof…
  • Food and drink adventures

    4 Jun 2015 | 10:03 am
    It wouldn’t be a travel blog without a post about food and drink. On Dave and my recent tour through Scotland, the Netherlands, and Germany, we’ve tasted such a delicious variety. The most unusual dish I had in Scotland: wood pigeon with black pudding, served on what appeared to me to be a (carefully scrubbed) slate roof tile. I ordered it at a restaurant in Inverness called the Mustard Seed. The wood pigeon is the largest bird of the dove family, also known in England as the Culver. The previous day, I had asked a waiter about Scottish black pudding, and he’d paused.
  • Return to Freinsheim

    3 Jun 2015 | 3:04 am
    “I’m glad to see you back so soon,” Matthias said to me on our first evening in Freinsheim. These were welcome words, as I worried Dave and I might be outwearing our welcome, having just visited here last October for the Weinwanderung. We were welcomed with a veritable barbecue feast — lamb, chicken and sausage, grilled over a fire stoked from the stalks of old grapevines. “Does the grapevine smoke add flavor?” Dave asked. Matthias smiled. “Okay, if you like, it makes the food more delicious. Then again, perhaps we use this wood because it burns more…
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    Ancient Origins

  • The Treasures of Priam: Golden Riches from the Legendary City of Troy

    2 Jul 2015 | 8:40 pm
    Homer’s Iliad is often considered as one of the greatest works of Western literature. For many centuries, Homer’s Troy, the city besieged by the Greeks, was considered to be a myth by scholars. During the 19th century, however, one man embarked on a quest to prove that this legendary city actually existed. This was the German archaeologist, Heinrich Schliemann. He succeeded in his quest, and Hisarlik (the site where Schliemann excavated) is today recognised as the ancient site of Troy. Among the artifacts unearthed at Hisarlik is the so-called ‘Treasure of Priam’, which, according to…
  • Finger print found on ceramic bowl is over 5,000 years old

    Robin Whitlock
    2 Jul 2015 | 4:33 pm
    When Danish archaeologists started to survey the site of the proposed Femern Belt link tunnel, they discovered a 5,500 year old ceramic vessel imprinted with the fingerprint of the craftsman who made it. The vessel is called a ‘funnel beaker’ because it has a neck shaped like a funnel and a flat bottom. The Funnel Beaker Culture, which lived in the area between 4000 and 2800 BC, was named after this style of pottery, produced by the first farmers in Scandinavia and the Northern European plain. The vessel discovered by the archaeologists was discovered in three pieces east of Rødby Havn,…
  • DNA tests to unravel mystery of Peruvian priestess and burial companions

    2 Jul 2015 | 1:59 pm
    About 800 years ago, a high status Peruvian woman was buried with seven people and a llama. Some theorize that her burial companions were her relatives, while others maintain they were servants. Now Harvard University will test DNA from the remains to settle the dispute regarding the woman who has come to be known as the ‘Chornancap priestess’. Andina news agency reports that the tests will determine whether the people are related, and whether they came from the part of Lambayeque in which they were found, or from another part of South America. In 2011, archaeologists with the Hans…
  • Ancient ritual bath found beneath a home in Jerusalem

    2 Jul 2015 | 6:49 am
    A 2,000-year-old ritual bath, known as a mikve, was found underneath a family’s living room floor in Ein Kerem, Jerusalem, while they were undertaking renovations. The Israel  Antiquities Authority (IAA) announced that the rock-hewn mikve (also spelt mikvah) is fully intact and measures 3.5 meters (11.5ft) by 2.4 meters (7.8ft), and with a depth of 1.8 meters (5.9ft). IAA’s Jerusalem District Archeologist, Amit Re’em, said that the bath had been carefully plastered according to the laws of purity set out in the Halacha, the collective body of Jewish religious laws derived from the…
  • The Adena People and Prehistoric Colonization of North America

    Jason and Sarah
    1 Jul 2015 | 7:55 pm
    I can find no other explanation other than a gradual migration of a portion of the human family from one part of the world to another-from one hemisphere to the other. In short, I see in it a colonization of America, by means of an immigration from Europe. Read moreSection: NewsAncient PlacesAmericas
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    Ancient History Encyclopedia

  • Aihole

    3 Jul 2015 | 4:28 am
    Aiholi (Ayyavole) was an ancient walled city in Karnataka, central India. Aiholi was the first regional capital of the Karnakata region under the rule of the Calukyas. The large number of early Hindu temples and shrines at the site mostly date from the 6th to 8th century CE when the city was at its zenith of prosperity and power. Historical Overview Aiholi prospered from the mid-6th century...
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    2 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    This weeks sculpture from Hadrians Villa is a marble statue of a young nude, the so-called Capitoline Antinous. It was found in 1723/24 during the time when Giuseppe Fede was undertaking the earliest concerted excavations at the Villa Adriana. However its exact provenance within the Villa is unknown. Considering that this work was found at Villa Adriana and owing to its melancholy gaze...
  • Egyptian Hieroglyphs

    2 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    The Egyptian hieroglyphic script was one of the writing systems used by ancient Egyptians to represent their language. Because of their pictorial elegance, Herodotus and other important Greeks believed that Egyptian hieroglyphs were something sacred, so they referred to them as ‘holy writing’. Thus, the word hieroglyph comes from the Greek hiero ‘holy’ and glypho ‘writing&rsquo...
  • The Incas (Peoples of America)

    30 Jun 2015 | 1:03 pm
      Terence D'Altroy is impressively described on the back cover of this book as 'Professor in Anthropology at Columbia University, Director of the Columbia Centre for Archaeology, and the world's leading Inca specialist.' and he does not disappoint in a comprehensive treatment of one of the New World's most fascinating cultures.   Whilst some books fall into the trap...
  • Time Travel on Rome's Ancient Appian Way

    29 Jun 2015 | 9:00 am
    The Appian Way -- Rome's gateway to the East -- was Europe's first super highway and the wonder of its day. Built in 312 B.C., it connected Rome with Capua (near Naples), running in a straight line for much of the way. Eventually it stretched 400 miles to Brindisi, from where Roman ships sailed to Greece and Egypt. While our modern roads seem to sprout potholes right after they're built, sections...
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  • Top 10 outstanding ancient Roman arts

    Saugat Adhikari
    2 Jul 2015 | 8:41 am
    It is well known that ancient Rome was one of the biggest empires to have ever existed in human history. For this reason, the topic of ancient Roman art becomes far broader than one might expect it to be, since it involves observing traditional art practiced for over 1000 years across the vast regions of Africa, Asia and Europe. The earliest recognizable pieces of ancient Roman art date back even beyond 500 BCE. The paradigm of Roman art was clearly influenced by the artistic practices popular at the time of the classical Greek era. The Romans took whatever they could learn from already…
  • Top 10 ancient Roman inventions

    Saugat Adhikari
    25 May 2015 | 9:29 am
    Throughout history, the biggest of inventions have defined civilizations, changing the way of life with a single purpose – to make living more enduring and easy with far lesser hindrances. The ancient world was full of such possibilities since there was so much to invent and discover. Ancient Rome is undoubtedly one of the more prominent names that is extensively known, for making inventions that changed the course of human nature and development. Needless to say, the ancient Roman inventions gave shape to the Roman civilization as we know it today. In many cases, the Roman inventions were…
  • Top 10 ancient Greek goddesses

    Saugat Adhikari
    7 Apr 2015 | 10:27 am
    Most of us are well aware of those astounding heroics of ancient Greek gods. But the goddesses from ancient Greek mythology are none lesser at all both in terms of popularity and symbolic significance. Just like the Olympian gods, most of the ancient Greek goddesses resided in the realms of heavens above mount Olympus (though there were quite a few exceptions too). The goddess too had special powers and could also control specific aspects of life. From the motherly Rhea who dared to trick her own husband to save her children, to the queen of gods Hera or the goddess of wisdom Athena who was…
  • Top 10 Ancient Greek Gods

    Saugat Adhikari
    31 Mar 2015 | 3:39 am
    The stories of gods and goddess from the ancient Greek mythology are immensely popular in pop culture. Their characters were popularized and subsequently immortalized by some famous play writers in ancient Greece that included the likes of Homer and Hesiod. What makes the folklore behind these ancient Greek deities stand apart is the way their stories deviated from that of other contemporary ancient religions. The Greek gods resembled humans not only in their form but also in their nature and emotions. Many of us might remember how Theseus slayed the Minotaur, how Hades would rule the…
  • Top 10 Ancient Greek Philosophers

    Saugat Adhikari
    16 Mar 2015 | 6:41 am
    In the ancient pre-historic times, people had a rather strong belief in magic and mythology whenever it came to interpreting the world around us. The world as they perceived was largely influenced by the presence of a higher deity. The ancient Greek philosophers bought a refreshing approach to the contemporary philosophical paradigm. They broke away from the tradition of the mythological explanation for the observations they made, and embarked on an interpretation largely based on reasoning and evidence. The ancient Greece saw the rise of a plethora of philosophers. Among these a number of…
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    New Historian

  • Kafka Controversy Resolved Before Anniversary of his Birth

    Daryl Worthington
    2 Jul 2015 | 3:10 pm
    Days before the 132nd anniversary of his birth on the 3rd June, a long legal battle over the literary legacy of Franz Kafka finally came to an end. A court in Israel has awarded a rare collection of Kafka’s manuscripts to the country’s national library. Born in Prague in 1883, when the city was a part of the Austria-Hungarian Empire, Kafka is regarded as one of the most important writers of the twentieth century, as well as one of the most mysterious. Many of his most well known works were not published until years after his death. Raised in a German speaking Jewish family, Kafka…
  • 49,000-Year-Old Milk-Based Paint Found in South Africa

    Irina Slav
    2 Jul 2015 | 1:49 pm
    People living in southern Africa 49,000 years ago used milk to make paints that they then used for decoration, a new study has found. The international team, led by Paola Villa from the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History, analysed some powdered paint found on the tip of a stone flake which was discovered in Sibudu Cave, in northern KwaZulu-Natal. The significance of the find lies in the fact that this is the earliest evidence of milk-producing animals being used to make paints so far found. In a press release from the University of Colorado, Boulder, Villa explained that…
  • 8,000 Year Old Projectile Points Found By Students

    David DeMar
    2 Jul 2015 | 1:30 pm
    A team of students from Carroll College in Montana recently uncovered an archaeological find in the nearby Big Belt Mountains that could date back as far as 8,000 years in the past. This year’s Carroll dig is the seventh annual event of its kind, jointly sponsored by the college and the Helena National Forest. Every summer for the past seven years Professor Lauri Travis from the school’s anthropology department has led a 10-day expedition into the region in order to provide students hands-on excavation experience and to uncover clues about how early humans living in the area adapted to…
  • The Amistad Mutiny

    Daryl Worthington
    1 Jul 2015 | 4:00 pm
    At around 4:00am on 2nd July, 1839, Joseph Clinque led a slave mutiny on the Spanish schooner Amistad. The event became the basis for one of the most significant court cases in US history and a defining moment in the development of the abolition movement in the United States. Sometime in April 1839 Clinque, a 26 year old man from Mende in Sierra Leone, was captured alongside hundreds of others from the West African tribes by Spanish slave merchants. With his wife and three children still free and living in Sierra Leone, Clinque and 500 other slaves were taken, chained hand and foot, aboard…
  • Extreme Weather Swings Kept Dinosaurs Away From Tropics

    Irina Slav
    1 Jul 2015 | 3:02 pm
    Wild climatic swings that made the tropics a hostile and unreliable place in terms of food supplies kept dinosaurs away from low latitudes for 30 million years, new research has suggested. The only dinosaur species that lived there during this period were small, carnivorous representatives of the group known as pseudosuchian archosaurs, the ancestors of today’s crocodiles and alligators. The research team, led by geochemist Jessica Whiteside from the University of Southampton, looked into the sedimentary rocks in the Chinle Formation at the Ghost Ranch in New Mexico. These rocks formed…
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    The List Love » History

  • 10 Strange Facts About Jeffrey Dahmer

    The List Love
    15 Jun 2015 | 5:05 am
    Jeffrey Dahmer, coined the Milwaukee Cannibal, was an American serial killer and sex offender, who murdered, raped and dismembered boys between the years 1978 to 1991. His later murders included cannibalism and necrophilia. Take a look at 10 strange facts about Jeffrey Dahmer… 1. Jeffrey Dahmer’s Hernia image via campus.digication.com Jeffrey Dahmer was like every other little boy until he had minor surgery to correct a double hernia at the age of six years old. However, the surgery brought about a change in the young boy. The surgery also coincided with the arrival of his little…
  • 10 Reasons You Want to be Queen Elizabeth II

    The List Love
    15 May 2015 | 11:43 am
    Have you ever wondered what it was like to be Queen Elizabeth II? There has to be some perks for being queen of 16 of 53 member states in the Commonwealth of Nations. Here are 10 reasons you will want to be Queen Elizabeth II. 1. Queen Elizabeth’s Shoes image via www.manchesterfashion.com How would you like to take a walk in Queen Elizabeth II’s shoes? All you have to do is become a member of her household staff, because an employee will wear Her Majesty’s shoes before she puts them on to make sure they are comfortable. 2. £5 Note image via currencyguide.eu Before Her Royal Highness…
  • 10 Unbelievable Albert Einstein Facts

    The List Love
    14 May 2015 | 7:45 am
    We here at The List Love are offering 10 unbelievable Albert Einstein facts that will make your jaw drop. Many people know Einstein as the man behind EMC=2, or as one of the most influential physicists of the 20th century. There was, however, so much more to the Nobel Prize Winner, as you’re about to find out… 1. Einstein & His First Cousin image via www.tyneoconnell.com Albert Einstein once said “rejoice with your family in the beautiful land of life” – wise words from a very wise man. In fact, Albert Einstein loved to rejoice with his family so much that he…
  • 10 Interesting Facts About The Louvre

    The List Love
    12 May 2015 | 6:37 am
    The Louvre is one of Paris’ most visited attractions, welcoming approximately 9.3 million visitors per year. The reason for its popularity is its collection of 35,000 priceless masterpieces and antiques, and is therefore offers the most extensive art galleries for its breadth of subjects, which range from 6th century BC to 19th century. In celebration of this popular museum and art gallery, here are 10 interesting facts about the Louvre. 1. The Biggest Museum in the World image via www.cnn.com The Louvre is the biggest museum in the world. It is so big that it is humanely impossible…
  • 10 Final Photographs to Make You Appreciate Life

    The List Love
    22 Apr 2015 | 5:05 am
    Life is incredibly short, as the following last photos will show you. We must learn to appreciate each and every day we wake up on Earth, and enjoy the company of our loved ones as much as possible. If you take away anything from the following 10 final photographs to make you appreciate life, we hope it’s just how lucky we all are to be here. 1. Moira Smith image via http://911anniversary.nydailynews.com/ Moira Smith was just another NYC police officer on 11th September, 2001, but when the World Trade Center began to collapse following a terrorist attack, she proved she was no ordinary…
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    Milling Minutes

  • The Impact of the Civil War on John Chapman – Part 1

    2 Jul 2015 | 3:27 pm
    John Chapman – Owner of the Mill During the Civil War Part one of a three part article. This piece  was originally written in 2011 by Ellen Percy Miller.  It details the life and fortunes of John Chapman before the Civil War and his rapid decline following it.  John Chapman (1814-1866), 7th Chapman of the five generations to own Chapman’s Mill is an interesting example of a civilian who was a true casualty of the Civil War, being ruined economically, emotionally and physically by the experience. John Chapman was a wealthy, ambitious man from a wealthy, visionary Tidewater family…
  • Old Newspaper Article Raises New Questions

    25 Jun 2015 | 5:32 am
    Here at TTMAC, we’re always looking for new pieces of information about the history of the Chapman – Beverley Mill.  Sometimes documents we uncover help answer long-standing debates about the Mill’s history and other times they simply lead to more questions.  Recently, we stumbled across the following article originally published in the Alexandria Gazette in 1851: Alexandria Gazette 15 Aug 1851 MILL FOR RENT – The Subscriber offers for rent for the next season, “THE NEW MILL at this place. It has two pair of Burrs, and a pair of Corn Stones a first rate Smutt…
  • Mills and Renewable Energy

    17 Jun 2015 | 7:45 am
    Chapman’s Mill Photo by Ben Swenson In 2014, Ben Swenson, Williamsburg, VA author and blogger at abandonedcountry.com, wrote a short piece on the push for more sources of renewable energy and how historic mills like the Chapman – Beverley Mill serve as reminder of the energy sources of the past.  Below is an excerpt: How many high-speed commuters drive by the towering shell of Chapman’s Mill—or any old mill, for that matter—and connect the crumbling ruins to the energy that allows them to zoom past? Not many, I’d wager. But as calls mount to make renewable sources a…
  • The Art of the Mill

    10 Jun 2015 | 10:15 am
    B. Payden Photography session at the Mill, 2012 Over the years the Mill has remained a popular setting for photo sessions, and we’re always amazed by the beauty and creativity that we see in the images captured there.  Just take a look at this 2012 shoot by B. Payden Photography for tons of artistic inspiration! So, to encourage the continued use of the Mill for such artistic endeavors,  beginning July 1, 2015 TTMAC will be taking reservations for 2016 photo sessions.  Sessions will be available during weekdays at a rate of $50 for four hours of access or a full day (dawn to…
  • Mill Fun in the Summertime

    4 Jun 2015 | 6:36 pm
    A Sunny Summer Day at the Mill Just because the Mill will soon be temporarily closed for improvements that doesn’t mean there won’t be anything to do there this summer.  Take a look at what we have planned! Mill Tours Join us June 22 and July 27 at 11am to explore the Mill site with our Executive Director, Frances Allshouse.  Frances will lead participants around the grounds explaining the history of significant areas and structures on the site.  $5 per participant. Adopt a Stone Did you miss our Adopt a Stone Campaign kickoff last month?  Here’s another chance to pick a stone!
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    Made From History

  • 20 Expressions in the English Language that Originated or Were Popularised from Shakespeare

    Sam Higson
    23 Jun 2015 | 7:47 am
    William Shakespeare is the most famous and arguably greatest writer Britain has ever produced. He elevated the English language to such an extent that many words and expressions that were first used in his plays over 400 years ago are still used today. Expressions or phrases with a figurative and not literal meaning were commonplace in Shakespearean spoken language. Anyone that has read or seen a Shakespeare play will know this! We use ‘idioms’ much more sparingly today, and when we do use them we rarely think of their origins or why they are given the meanings we ascribe to them. Below…
  • 8 Iconic Paintings of the Battle of Waterloo

    Matthew Moss
    18 Jun 2015 | 2:33 pm
    The Battle of Waterloo marked its 200th anniversary on the 18 June 2015 – it is perhaps the most famous battle of the 19th century and as such has been commemorated in hundreds of paintings.  Below are some of the most dynamic and eye catching artistic impressions of pivotal moments during the battle. 1. Battle of Waterloo 1815 by William Sadler William Sadler’s painting of the British infantry at Waterloo gives us an idea of the churning mass of men involved in the battle shrouded in smoke.  2. Wellington at Waterloo by Robert Alexander Hillingford Hillingford’s iconic…
  • The Life of Julius Caesar in 55 Facts

    Colin Ricketts
    12 Jun 2015 | 3:54 am
    Though his name has come to mean monarch or ruler, Julius Caesar was never an Emperor of Rome. However, first as Consul then as Dictator for life, he paved the way for the end of the Republic and the dawn of the Empire. A victorious general, popular political leader and prolific author, his memoirs are a vital historical source for the era. See also: 5 Memorable Quotes by Julius Caesar – and Their Historical Context Born to Power 1. Julius Caesar was born in July 100 BC and named Gaius Julius Caesar His name may have come from an ancestor being born by caesarean section. 2. Caesar’s…
  • The Art of World War One in 52 Paintings

    Alex Browne
    11 Jun 2015 | 8:08 am
    Since the First World War was fought at a time of major changes in artistic movements, the period is particularly rich with a variety of art styles. The development of photography in the late 19th Century had pushed painting particularly away from realism, into a broad group called expressionism. The movement sought to present the world subjectively, radically distorting it for emotional effect – famous artists such as Edvard Munch, Paul Klee and Wassilly Kandinsky were all expressionists. The effect of the movement meeting the cataclysm of the war saw expressionist painting directly…
  • 10 of the Best Medieval Cathedrals You Can See in Britain

    Sam Higson
    11 Jun 2015 | 4:48 am
    The Medieval period in Britain has been agreed by many historians to be an ‘Age of Faith’. The majority of people living in the British Isles during this period were Christian; the thousands of religious structures built and rebuilt in the Middle Ages tell us this. No more does a structure suggest that Christianity played a dominant role in medieval life than a Cathedral. Medieval Cathedrals were characterised by their grand, gothic and imposing architecture. Arches, spires and vaulted roofs are plentiful in these 10 listed cathedrals. The iconic Westminster Abbey and King’s College…
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  • Preserving the Past – Some Thoughts on the Importance of Historic Places

    29 Jun 2015 | 5:54 pm
    I’m talking about something a bit more personal for this post. Recently, I went back to my home town with my family. We were in the area and so we thought it might be fun to take a drive through the old neighbourhood. It’s kind of weird passing by primary and secondary schools where you spent so much time, and then happily pushed them from your mind. All that feel like another life. Our last stop was the last house my family owned. It was the oldest house in the area (over 100 years old), and belonged to the original landowner who had settled the area. This is a picture of the house: As…
  • The Links Between History and Mythology – A Guest Post by Luciana Cavallaro

    22 Jun 2015 | 6:15 pm
    Today I have a special guest on the blog. Luciana Cavallaro is the author of a series of mythological retellings from the perspectives of some fascinating women in Greek myth. When I read her book, The Curse of Troy, I knew that I wanted to have her write a guest post for Writing the Past. Luciana has a wonderfully unique style, and she gives these accursed women of Greek myth a voice that you may not have heard before. So, without further ado, a big welcome to author, Luciana Cavallaro! First, I’d like to thank Adam for inviting me to be a guest blogger. I’ve been following Adam’s blog…
  • A Head for War – Top 10 Ancient and Medieval Battle Helmets

    15 Jun 2015 | 6:52 pm
    Ancient Warriors – painting by Arturas Slapsys Some of the very first things that interested me in history as a young boy were weapons and armour. Boys will be boys, and so it’s no surprise that this is what drew me into the ancient and medieval worlds in the first place. I remember getting a used book called The Art of Chivalry, which I flipped through over and over again. I was mesmerized by the images of broad swords and gothic armour, the shields, the lines, and the hack marks from various battles. If there is one piece that has been common to most ancient cultures, it’s the…
  • Ancient Everyday – Getting Social with Sponges

    9 Jun 2015 | 7:36 am
    Do you use a bathroom? Of course you do! Everybody does. They might vary in design or level of fanciness, sure, but every person on earth, and throughout history, has had to do their business. And they usually have done in a certain spot, be it a bush, a hole in the ground, a pot, or some form of toilet. And people, usually, have used something to clean their bits and pieces afterwards. Ok, maybe not so much in the Middle Ages (hygiene was less of a thing then), but certainly in the ancient world. I’m not usually one for bathroom history, but when it comes to the Romans I have to admit that…
  • War without the Shooting – Sport and Strife in Ancient Athletic Competition

    31 May 2015 | 7:32 am
    Serious sport has nothing to do with fair play. It is bound up with hatred, jealousy, boastfulness, disregard of all rules and sadistic pleasure in witnessing violence: in other words it is war minus the shooting.        (George Orwell, “The Sporting Spirit”, Tribune, 14 December 1945) I was reminded of the above Orwell quote in a book I’ve been reading lately, entitled The Ancient Olympics, by Nigel Spivey. No, we are not going to be talking about modern warfare or guns, those are not my thing. However, Spivey’s use of the quote is apt for his book, and for the purposes…
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    Mapshole: Uncommon Knowledge

  • Flag Day and Relators

    Rob Rose
    15 Jun 2015 | 9:00 am
    Here’s some uncommon knowledge: apparently yesterday (June 14th) was Flag Day. If you didn’t remember don’t worry neither did I, at least not until I noticed the cheap plastic flag planted at the end of my driveway. You see, every year a local realtor plants flags at the end of the driveways of everyone in the local neighborhood. This is of course accompanied by a pamphlet hung on the door handle explaining how much he wants you to GTFO so he can sell your house. He says it politely of course. Now I have no way of knowing for sure, but I can venture to guess that my local…
  • Hello Cracked Readers!

    Rob Rose
    14 Jun 2015 | 4:49 pm
    I noticed I got a big spike in traffic today which can only mean one thing: one of my Cracked articles went live. Since that is the case (the borders article I cowrote was posted) I’d like to welcome the hundreds of people who are bombarding my site with views to my meager blog. If you’ve spent more than a couple of seconds here, you’ve probably noticed that I don’t really update on the schedule I’d like to (that is, every Monday, Wednesday and Friday). Good news though! I finished writing a piece about flag day that I plan on posting tomorrow sometime around…
  • Why I Chose to Invest in Valero Energy Corporation

    Rob Rose
    15 May 2015 | 7:15 am
    First and foremost, I’ll admit that I am not a stock market expert and this post does not constitute investing advice but I’d like to explain why I’m investing in Valero Energy Corporation. Wednesday (May 13th) however I decided to liquidate my measly four shares in Tesla Motors (NASDAQ:TSLA) at the price of $243.69 and invest in 12 shares of Valero Energy Corporation (NYSE:VLO). I put all remaining cash into Schwab’s S&P 500 Index fund (MUTF:SWPPX). In doing so, I hope to have made a good mid-term value investment. I’ve detailed my reasons within this post.
  • Cyber Nations Review

    Rob Rose
    4 May 2015 | 2:20 pm
    Cyber Nations is a nation simulation game created by Kevin Marks or, as he’s known in-game, admin. The game was first released on January 6, 2006 and many of its users joined after being recruited from the older game Jennifer Government: NationState. At its height, the game had thousands of players; but Cyber Nations’ history is history you want to know about what Cyber Nations is today. I first signed up for Cyber Nations in 2012 because I liked the idea of an online nation simulator game and CN certainly meets that description. Over the past two plus years, I’ve had plenty…
  • The Food Babe Parody: Reblog From “I Fucking Don’t Understand Science”

    Rob Rose
    22 Apr 2015 | 1:20 pm
    If there’s one thing I hate, it’s a complete disregard for scientific research and tangible evidence. Due to the open nature of the Internet, the web is sure to be full of that kind of nonsense. The Food Babe is one such site that lies close to the core of the anti-science blogosphere. A parody blog I am particularly fond of, I Fucking Don’t Understand Science, took a shot at The Food Babe today that I found quite humorous. Have a look, and enjoy!Q&A: The Food Babe’s Latest Diet! | I Fucking Don’t Understand Science.
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    A List of 5

  • 5 Urban Legends That Turned Out To Be Realities

    1 Jul 2015 | 10:54 am
    With the rise of pop culture, the art of legends in the urban territories tends to increase with the development of more and more mysterious things in the new modern cities. These urban legends most of the time ( actually almost all the time ) are just unreal facts being diffused among the people and especially in between children. But sometimes it does happen that expected things turn to be unexpected.So for your interest, I have summed up a list of 5 such urban legends that turned out to be authentic actually. #5  The Human Fat EatersslatearchivesAn urban legend kept on…
  • 5 Ways Social Media Is The Most Powerful Weapon Of Influence

    28 Jun 2015 | 9:44 am
    Social media has its roots anchored deep in our society. We are now surrounded by its effects all the way in our daily life and those who are using social media are increasing in number day by day. The influence of social media is so deep that we are adding it in all the activities of our life. We are getting the latest news from it, we are growing our business from it, we are having fun from it.I have summarized a list of  " 5 " ways that I found about the social media and its influence.1. It's A Great Source of News Since its beginning, social media had maintained its status of…
  • 5 Acts of Evil Committed By World's Famous Corporations

    25 Jun 2015 | 1:36 am
    There are companies out there that get themselves involve in many evil acts. These companies may play dirty acts to get their benefits. They may act evil for few bucks and profits. So, here I have jotted down a list of 5 famous companies from all over the world which had remained engaged in some evil works somewhere in their history.5. Nestle - distributing baby formula free in Third WorldDistributing milk powder in poor countries isn't bad but making a market of it is immoral and should be considered as evil. This was the case when in 1970s Nestle hired nurses to distribute baby formula…
  • 5 Ways Scammers Can Stole Your Money From ATM

    23 Jun 2015 | 9:18 am
    Scammers keep on finding new ways of deceiving others in their dirty tricks. They are genuine genius minds who, unfortunately, use their tricks for bad things. There are several different ways by which many scammers are successful in hacking your personal details about your ATM and debit cards. They used to hack ATMs by employing latest modern technologies and minds to stole your money from ATMs.Following I have summed up a short list of 5 ways which are trendy and use by scammers.5. Lebanese LoopImage: scams.wikispacesMaybe the simplest of all trickery ways apply by scammers and…
  • 5 Most Mind-Blowing Magic Tricks Of The Era

    22 Jun 2015 | 10:49 am
    Magic isn't something new but it is something that keep on developing since time. Likewise. science it is intriguing. But when we talk about the greatest of all magics of modern times, then there are few contenders in this category who have mesmerised the world with their unbelievable, mind-boggling tricks.They are the writer’s own opinion and are based upon the idea of the trick, the execution, entertainment value, professionalism, and shock factor involved.5. Criss Angel - Walking On WaterCriss Angel is the darkest conjurer on this rundown, celebrated for his network shows Mindfreak,…
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  • 10 Unsettling Tales Of Sensory Deprivation

    3 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    According to the song, silence is golden. And it really can be; there are plenty of times when we just want to shut everything out and relax in peace and quiet. But silence isn’t always all it’s cracked up to be, either, and too much silence can drive you mad. It all starts with being […] The post 10 Unsettling Tales Of Sensory Deprivation appeared first on Listverse.
  • 10 Chilling Manifestos From Killers

    3 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    Killers who go on mass rampages often have a deep-seated sense of resentment for having been wronged by society and seek to turn their rage into violence in order to redress perceived injustices. It isn’t often that we can understand why these murderers do what they do or how they perceive the world, but once […] The post 10 Chilling Manifestos From Killers appeared first on Listverse.
  • 10 Jobs From The Early 1900s That Totally Sucked

    3 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    We all have moments when we think we have the suckiest job on the planet. But our jobs are nothing compared to some common jobs in the early 1900s. There was no overtime pay back then, and people often worked 12 hours a day, six days a week. Kids worked those long hours in the […] The post 10 Jobs From The Early 1900s That Totally Sucked appeared first on Listverse.
  • 10 Species That Are Surprisingly Ancient

    2 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    When it comes to living fossils, reptiles tend to hog the spotlight. Yet there are mammals, trees, and birds we might not realize are also remarkably ancient. Some even walked with the dinosaurs in their present form. 10 White-Tailed Deer3.5 Million Years White-tailed deer are the oldest living deer species today. That didn’t happen by […] The post 10 Species That Are Surprisingly Ancient appeared first on Listverse.
  • 10 Islands With Completely Unique Languages

    2 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    There are more than 6,000 languages spoken on Earth. In many places, there is constant contact between speakers of different languages, ranging from occasional trade to multilingual populations. Islands, however, create natural barriers between populations, and this can have interesting effects on language. Isolated on remote islands, languages can develop unique properties or preserve archaic […] The post 10 Islands With Completely Unique Languages appeared first on Listverse.
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  • Free Genealogy Records Until July 15

    3 Jul 2015 | 6:46 am
    If you want or need American Revolutionary era historical documents, Fold3 is offering free access for the next two weeks. An email I received from them states, As we celebrate America’s independence this month, learn more about the people who made it possible by exploring Fold3’s Revolutionary War Collection for free July 1st to 15th. […]
  • Two Classic Movies That Capture American Grit

    2 Jul 2015 | 7:06 am
    I have always enjoyed watching films featuring Morgan Freeman or Denzel Washington. Both of these actors seem to pick high-quality scripts as is the case with these two movies: Lean on Me (1989) and John Q (2002). The movies shine a light on two strong male characters who rise to the occasion and refuse to surrender to the hardship they […]
  • ‘Selma’ Is A Reminder Of The Barriers To Freedom

    23 Jun 2015 | 6:14 am
    Selma, an Oprah produced film about the march from Selma, Alabama by Martin Luther King and other civil rights activists in the 1960s, opens with a powerful scene of an elderly black woman trying to register to vote in the South. She is at the county courthouse with her voting application, but the completed application is […]
  • 1970s Reds Manager Defies Standard Pitching Method — Redefines MLB

    18 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    If you are a baseball fan — especially one in southwest Ohio — you know the name Sparky Anderson and the Big Red Machine are inseparable, but what you may not know is how far ahead of the curve Anderson was when it came to managing the game. One of his most interesting moves occurred […]
  • Quote For The Week: Listen To The Wind

    16 Jun 2015 | 5:41 am
    I come now, at this late juncture of my life, to this sudden realization. I have no destination, no real destination, in the literal sense. The destination, the place toward which my life is tending, is the journey itself and not the final stopping place. How I get there is more important than whether I […]
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    The Shadow of Ideas - History, Politics, and Current Events on the Edge

  • Ep. 11 - A Brief History of Gay Marriage

    Raymond Wiley
    29 Jun 2015 | 8:30 am
    Raymond is joined by Matt Baume of Marriage News Watch to discuss the recent Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide.  They begin with the emergence of the gay rights movement in the 1960s and move forward decade by decade.  Touching on many of the major events and key figures that have helped push marriage equality to the forefront of national discourse.  Followed by a brief analysis of the reactions to the Supreme Court decision throughout the LGBT community.  With such a momentous victory, Matt explains where the battle for gay rights will go from…
  • Ep. 10 - Obamacare and the Supreme Court

    Raymond Wiley
    25 Jun 2015 | 7:44 pm
    In this episode, Raymond discusses the Supreme Court decision in the King vs. Burwell case that upheld government subsidies.  A brief history of the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare, is followed by a review the basic provisions of the law.  He then talks about what has happened since the implementation of the ACA and explains how it is funded.  Finally, Raymond shares his own personal healthcare experiences and how the Obamacare legislation has impacted his life. Show Reference Links: ACASignups.net Affordable Care Act on Medicaid.gov John Kasich's Quest for Glorious Martyrdom by…
  • Ep. 9 - Charleston Church Shooting and the Vesey Rebellion

    Raymond Wiley
    18 Jun 2015 | 4:28 pm
    Raymond explores the connections between a 21st Century mass shooting and a 19th century slave rebellion that both took place in the same church in Charleston, SC.  He probes into the possible motives which may have been the catalysts for Dylann Storm Roof to open fire on the congregation at the historic Emanuel AME Church on June 17, 2015.  Raymond ponders the significance of one of the victims, Reverend and Senator Clementa Pinckney, who was an up and coming figure in the Democratic Party.  This recent mass shooting has a historical correlation to one of the founders of the Emanuel…
  • Ep. 8 - Podcasting and Politics

    Raymond Wiley
    9 Jun 2015 | 1:30 pm
    In this episode, Raymond continues the discussion with Rob Walch, of Liberated Syndication (Libsyn).  The focus shifts from the history of podcasting to the influence of podcasts in the realm of politics.  Rob talks about his involvement with Senator John Edwards' podcast following the 2004 presidential election.  They analyze the many benefits and pitfalls politicians experience when employing the podcast medium in their campaigns.  Podcasts can become a powerful sounding board, not only for politics, but also non-profit organizations and unions. Show Reference Links: podCast411 …
  • Ep. 7 - A Brief History of Podcasting

    Raymond Wiley
    7 Jun 2015 | 11:59 am
    Raymond speaks with Podcasting Guru, Rob Walch, of the podcast hosting giant, Liberated Syndication (Libsyn)The discussion begins with the early days of podcasting when it was very difficult to discover and subscribe to the relatively few podcasts that were available in 2004.  They then recap how podcasting has evolved and been influenced by major technological advances in the years since its inception.  An interesting comparison sheds some light on the differences between Apple and Android in the world of podcasts.  Wrapping up the episode, they ponder the future of…
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