In October of 1822, a failed Scottish soldier by the name of Gregor MacGregor managed to swindle £200,000 ($245,000- a significant sum in those days and equivalent to about $27 million in today’s currency) from trusting members of the...
An ancient village, estimated to be about 14,000 years old, has been discovered in Canada. It was found on the remote island of Triquet, which is located about 300 miles northwest of Victoria. If the unearthed settlement is as...
Ever since the first yellow fever epidemic was recorded in the Yucatán Peninsula in 1648, this mosquito-borne illness has ravaged communities around the world in various outbreaks. This virus causes severe fever, muscle pain, and severe bleeding in the...
Imagine you are eight years old. In many ways, your life is like any typical kid growing up in Mid-America in the early 1900s- you are cared for by your mother and father and go to school. Now imagine...
When slavery was legal in the United States, many slaves devised clever ways to escape their brutal captivity. One of the most daring and creative escapes was undertaken by a pair of married slaves by the names of Ellen...
While many people dread the beginning of winter, outdoor enthusiasts revel in the winter landscape. Skiing is a popular winter recreation activity for people around the world. But did you ever stop to think about when people begin incorporating...
Most people today like to think of themselves as individuals - we’d be outraged at the thought of government regulating what kind of clothes we could and couldn’t wear. Informal customs are one thing, like women wearing dresses to...
On an otherwise unremarkable July day in early 16th century Strasbourg (now in France), a woman known as Frau Troffea ran into the street and began dancing. There was no music being played, and it wasn’t a holiday or...
On April 1st, people around the world will observe some version of April Fool’s Day. From India to Ireland, people will play tricks on each other, and news outlets will perpetrate good-natured hoaxes on the public. The most interesting...
Have you heard of Lassie? And Rin Tin Tin? How about Red Dog? All of these dogs have gained international fame through written stories and cinema, but only one of these pups inspired the legend around him. While Lassie...
Have you ever heard about the Battle of the Teutoburg Forest? Odds are, you haven’t. This battle, which took place near to the site of present-day German city of Osnabruck, has been largely forgotten or ignored by most of...