History

One would be forgiven for thinking that potato chips were invented by a snack food company. The salty snack, possibly the most popular snack food in the United States, does not really evoke connotations of fine dining. But the...
You’ve probably heard about some of the massive creatures that roamed the earth during the age of the dinosaurs, such as the Tyrannosaurus rex. You’ve probably also heard of such extinct creatures as the giant sloth and the mastodon....

The Jamaica Ginger Poisonings

In early 1930, a strange epidemic began in the middle of the United States. Hundreds of men in the states of Oklahoma, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Kansas were becoming paralyzed. The paralysis was partial and appeared to mainly affect the...

Weird Food of the Middle Age

People often like to romanticize the Middle Ages, imagining it as a time of knights and princesses, all dressed in elaborate medieval garb. Some even dream about going back in time to experience life during that time, and renaissance...
From The Wizard of Oz to Halloween costumes, the archetypal image of a scary witch typically includes a tall, pointy hat, a cauldron, and a broom, among other accessories. But where did this popular conception arise? Many would be...
Edith Bolling Galt Wilson seemed an unlikely prospect for running one of the most powerful countries in the world. The second wife of President Woodrow Wilson was born in 1872 to a very poor family from the mountains of...
If you are familiar at all with Greek mythology, you have probably heard about the legend of the Golden Fleece. In this story, Jason (a Greek mythological hero) gathered a group of fellow-heroes together. This group became known as...

Aaron Burr: Would-Be King

Aaron Burr, one of the United States’ founding fathers and its one-time Vice President, has generally gone down in history as a bad guy because of the duel in which he killed Alexander Hamilton, America’s first Secretary of the...
A research team made up of paleontologists from Tennessee, Wisconsin, and Texas has identified a previously unknown species of prehistoric crocodile. The ancient reptile fossils were found in Arlington, Texas, a busy city located right in the middle of...
April 26, 1913 was supposed to have been a good day for 13-year-old Mary Phagan. It was Confederate Memorial Day in Atlanta, Georgia, where she lived. She was off for the day from her job at the National Pencil...
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