Rome’s Deadly Hitwoman

When we think of hitmen today, we usually imagine some shady character out of a Godfather movie, planting a bomb in a car or surprising his target in his home. But the role of hitman goes back much further than 20th century America. Politicians have been hiring assassins for thousands of years, and private citizens…

The Great Molasses Flood of 1919

Just after noon on January 15, 1919, something went very wrong at the Purity Distilling Company in Boston’s North End. It was at that time that a storage tank, filled to the brim with 26 million pounds of molasses, ripped open. Before anyone could register what had happened, a 15-foot wave of sticky syrup was…

The Real St. Patrick

On March 17th, people everywhere become Irish for a day as they celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. But many people don’t know much about the real St. Patrick. If you ask the average person who St. Patrick was, you will likely be told that he was an Irish man who chased the snakes out of Ireland…

Did Neanderthals Understand Plant-Based Medicine?

When we think of Neanderthals, many of us likely imagine the brutish, unintelligent cavemen that are often portrayed in children’s cartoons. Also, calling someone a Neanderthal is considered an insult. These images, it turns out, are pretty far from the truth. Long before modern Homo sapiens discovered the benefits of medicines derived from nature, Neanderthals…

Hedy Lamarr: Genius Movie Star

You’ve no doubt heard of Hedy Lamarr, the 1930s and 1940s screen siren made famous by her roles in movies like Boom Town and Ziegfeld Girl. But this Hollywood beauty was so much more than a pretty face. Without her, we might not have the cell phone technology that is so important to modern life.…