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…

The Queen Who Never Was

Royal marriages before modern times were often made for dynastic or strategic purposes, rather than love. It should come as no surprise, then, that many of these unions were incredibly unhappy. The marriage of George I of England and Sophia Dorothea of Celle was one such miserable marriage. Sophia’s birth was the result of a…

World War I’s Baboon Soldier

In August of 1915, Albert Marr was working on his farm near Pretoria, South Africa, when he discovered a Chacma baboon. No one knows if the animal was injured or in need of help, but, for whatever reason, Marr decided to keep him. The baboon became a much-loved family pet and was named “Jackie.” Like…