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Marcus Varro

In 36 BCE Marcus Varro, a Roman Statesman, Wrote About Germs and Described Them as Minute Creatures Which Cannot be Seen by the Eyes. 1,900 Years Later, the Germ Theory was Widely Accepted.

Marcus Terentius Varro was a prolific Roman author and polymath. He was described by Petrarch as the third great light of Rome and is sometimes referred to as Varro Reatinus to distinguish him from his younger contemporary, Varro Atacinus. But did you know that Varro studied microbes before the germ theory was developed? Marcus Varro, …

In 36 BCE Marcus Varro, a Roman Statesman, Wrote About Germs and Described Them as Minute Creatures Which Cannot be Seen by the Eyes. 1,900 Years Later, the Germ Theory was Widely Accepted. Read More »

Meet Suero de Quiñones

Suero de Quinones was a Knight Who Spent a Month Camped Next to a Bridge with 10 of His Friends to Challenge Every Knight Who Crossed to Joust for No Reason.

Suero de Quinones, also known as El del Passo, was a night and author born in the Kingdom of Leon. He gained popularity for staging a pas d’armes at the river Orbigo. But did you know why Quinones chose to challenge every night who crossed the river? Suero de Quinones, a knight who spent a …

Suero de Quinones was a Knight Who Spent a Month Camped Next to a Bridge with 10 of His Friends to Challenge Every Knight Who Crossed to Joust for No Reason. Read More »

Amir Timur

The City of Isfahan Surrendered to the Turk-Mongol Conqueror Timur. The Citizens Then Killed Timur’s Tax Collector, and He Ordered the Massacre of Over 100,000 People and Built Piles Out of Their Heads as Revenge.

Timur, also known as Amir Timur or Tamerlane and later as Timur Gurkin, was a Turko-Mongol conqueror and the founder of the Timurid Empire in Persia and Central Asia. He was also the Timurid dynasty’s first ruler. But did you know why Timur ordered the massacre of over 100,000 citizens of Isfahan? Isfahan immediately surrendered …

The City of Isfahan Surrendered to the Turk-Mongol Conqueror Timur. The Citizens Then Killed Timur’s Tax Collector, and He Ordered the Massacre of Over 100,000 People and Built Piles Out of Their Heads as Revenge. Read More »

Salem Witch Trials

During the Salem Witch Trials, None of the People Who Actually Confessed to Being a Witch were Executed. All 20 Who were Executed for Being Witches Refused to Confess.

The Salem witch trials took place in colonial Massachusetts between 1692 and 1693. More than 200 people were charged with witchcraft or the Devil’s magic, and 20 were executed. Eventually, the colony admitted that the trials were a mistake and compensated the victims’ families. Those accused of witchcraft in the Salem Witch Trials did not …

During the Salem Witch Trials, None of the People Who Actually Confessed to Being a Witch were Executed. All 20 Who were Executed for Being Witches Refused to Confess. Read More »

Wirkus

Faustin E. Wirkus, a United States Marine Corps Sergeant Who was Stationed in Haiti, was Proclaimed “King of La Gonâve” in 1926 After He Saved the Queen from Drowning.

La Gonâve is a sparsely populated island off Haiti’s Gulf Coast, stretching westward from Port-au-Prince Bay, 40 kilometers from Cabaret or Léogâne. The island coexists with the La Gonâve Arrondissement, one of Haiti’s original arrondissements. But did you know a US Marine Corps sergeant was proclaimed king of the island? Faustin E. Wirkus, a United …

Faustin E. Wirkus, a United States Marine Corps Sergeant Who was Stationed in Haiti, was Proclaimed “King of La Gonâve” in 1926 After He Saved the Queen from Drowning. Read More »

Sahara Desert Rainforest

The Sahara Desert, Which is Known for Being the World’s Hottest Desert, Used to be a Tropical Rainforest.

The Sahara Desert is located on the African continent. It is the world’s largest hot desert, with an area of 9,200,000 square kilometers, and the third-largest desert overall, slightly smaller than the deserts of Antarctica and the northern Arctic. But did you know that the Sahara desert used to be a rainforest? Around 6,000 years …

The Sahara Desert, Which is Known for Being the World’s Hottest Desert, Used to be a Tropical Rainforest. Read More »

Mexican-American War

Nearly 90% of US Army deaths during the Mexican-American War were Due to Infectious Diseases. This was the Highest of Any US Conflict.

The Mexican-American War between the United States and the Intervención estadounidense en México in Mexico was an armed war between the United States and Mexico that lasted from 1846 to 1848. It followed the annexation of Texas by the United States in 1845, which Mexico deemed Mexican territory. But did you know what caused 90% …

Nearly 90% of US Army deaths during the Mexican-American War were Due to Infectious Diseases. This was the Highest of Any US Conflict. Read More »

Lost Batallion of World War I

The Lost Batallion of World War I was Where Soldiers of the US 77th Division Launched an Attack in the Argonne Forest Under the Idea That The French supported them. The Name is a Misnomer. The Troops were Not Lost, but They were Neglected.

The Meuse-Argonne was a part of World War I’s final Allied offensive, and it was one of the attacks that brought the war to an end. It lasted from September 26 to November 11, 1918, when the Armistice was signed. But did you know the story about the Lost Battalion? The Lost Batallion of World …

The Lost Batallion of World War I was Where Soldiers of the US 77th Division Launched an Attack in the Argonne Forest Under the Idea That The French supported them. The Name is a Misnomer. The Troops were Not Lost, but They were Neglected. Read More »

King Hammurabi

When King Hammurabi Reigned, All Debt was Cancelled for All Citizens.

If you have a debt forgiven or discharged for less than the full amount owed, the debt is considered canceled in the amount you no longer have to pay. However, the law provides several exceptions in which the amount you do not have to pay is not canceled debt. But did you know that King …

When King Hammurabi Reigned, All Debt was Cancelled for All Citizens. Read More »

Micronesia Stick Map

Micronesians Navigated the Pacific by Using the Stars, Recognizing and Interpreting Different Types of Ocean Swells. They Also Make Stick Maps of These Ocean Swell Patterns.

The Micronesians or Marshallese were able to build vessels known as outrigger canoes and develop their system of piloting and navigation centuries ago. Long before modern mapping and GPS, the Micronesian people relied on their ability to sense the motion of the waves for navigation. But did you know that they also navigated ocean swells? …

Micronesians Navigated the Pacific by Using the Stars, Recognizing and Interpreting Different Types of Ocean Swells. They Also Make Stick Maps of These Ocean Swell Patterns. Read More »