The Time-Traveling Teachers

Many people dream of being able to travel back in time. The chance to see what life was like decades, or even centuries, ago sounds appealing to some. And if their story is to be believed, two English scholars were granted this incredible opportunity in the early 20th century. In August 1901, Charlotte Anne Moberly…

When Prohibition Became Deadly

On Christmas Eve 1926, a terrified man ran into Bellevue Hospital’s emergency room in New York City. He was obviously disturbed, flushed and sweating with fear. He didn’t give his name, but he insisted to the nurses on duty that Santa Claus was running after him, trying to kill him with a baseball bat. The…

Mini Pompeii Uncovered in France

The ancient Roman city of Pompeii, destroyed by a volcanic eruption in 79 CE, has long fascinated archeologists, historians, and tourists alike. The remains of the city and its inhabitants became covered in ash from the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius, allowing us a glimpse into what life was like for ordinary Roman citizens so long…

The Lost Tribe That Wasn’t

In the 1970s, the Philippines were in trouble. Or, to be more accurate, their despotic leader, Ferdinand Marcos, was in trouble. He had mismanaged the finances of the country so badly that many Filipinos could not even afford the basic necessities of life. World opinion was starting to turn against him, and he desperately needed…

The Swedish Bloodbath

Even for those who don’t watch Game of Thrones, some of the events in the show, such as the Red Wedding, have entered the general social discourse. People are often shocked at the brutality and cruelty exhibited in some of the show’s well-known scenes. No doubt that these same people would be astonished to find…

DNA Discovery Challenges Biblical Tale

In the Old Testament Bible, God commands the Israelites to destroy the Canaanites, a group of people who lived in what are now Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Palestine, and Israel. They were ordered to slaughter all of them, not leaving anyone, even children, alive. According to the ancient text, the Israelites complied with these commands wiped…