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Mad King Henry

There are a fair number of cases of madness in the European royal houses throughout history. There was a French king who thought he was made of glass, a Spanish queen who was never allowed to rule due to...
You have probably heard of Johannes Kepler, the German mathematician, astrologer, and astronomer who is famous for working out the laws of planetary motion. But his talents extended beyond the fields of math and science. He also worked one...
In the early 1900s, typhoid was one the main killer diseases in the United States. It was also a horrible illness, with its victims often suffering from intestinal bleeding and brain inflammation, along with a dangerously high fever. If...
If you own a nice set of stainless steel silverware, there’s a decent chance that it was made by the Oneida Silverware company. You may think that this is just an ordinary company, but you would be wrong. It...
If you’ve seen Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean movies, or if you’re a fan of nautical lore, you’ve probably heard the tale of the Flying Dutchman at some point. This story tells of a ghost ship that has been...
Eclipse mania swept the United States this week when a total solar eclipse caused the sun to almost disappear behind the moon for a few minutes. Interest in this fascinating phenomenon is not new, though. These astronomical spectacles have...
The last two presidential elections in the United States have both featured birther controversies. The first such controversy affected President Barack Obama, and the second affected Senator Ted Cruz during the Republican primaries. What many people don’t know, however,...
The plantations of the southern United States are full of terrible history because of their connection with the cruel institution of slavery. It should come as no surprise, then, that many of them are believed to be haunted because...
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