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Denmark

The United States Tried to Purchase Greenland from Denmark Twice. Once in 1946 and Then Again in 2019.

Greenland is an island country in Denmark’s Kingdom. It is located east of the Canadian Arctic Archipelago, between the Arctic and Atlantic oceans. Greenland is the world’s largest island; it is one of three constituent countries that make up the Kingdom of Denmark, along with Denmark and the Faroe Islands; all citizens of these countries …

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Marie Curie

Marie Curie Kept Vials of Radium in Her Pocket and on Her Nightstand Because She Liked How They Glowed.

Radium is a chemical element with the atomic number 88 and the symbol Ra. It is the sixth element in Periodic Group 2, also known as alkaline earth metals. Pure radium is silvery-white, but when exposed to air, it readily reacts with nitrogen, forming a black surface layer of radium nitride. Radium isotopes are all …

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Goose Pulling

Goose Pulling is the Practice of Tying Greased Live Geese Onto a Pole. Riders on Horseback will Then Attempt to Grab the Bird by the Neck and Pull Their Heads Off.

From the 17th to the 19th centuries, goose pulling was a blood sport practiced in parts of the Netherlands, Belgium, England, and North America. It originated in Spain in the 12th century and was spread throughout Europe by the Spanish Third. But how is this sport performed? Goose pulling is the practice of tying a …

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Toyotomi Hideyoshi Castle

Toyotomi Hideyoshi Built an Entire Castle in Secret. It was Near a Castle He Had Put Under Siege. After 80 Days, He had the Trees Covering Cut Down, Which Made it Seem Like a Castle Had Sprung Up Overnight.

Ishigakiyama Ichiya Castle was a Japanese castle built in the late Sengoku period in Odawara, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. It was one of Toyotomi Hideyoshi’s most famous castles and the site of his first meeting with Date Masamune. In 1959, the ruins were designated a National Historic Site. But why was it built in the first …

Toyotomi Hideyoshi Built an Entire Castle in Secret. It was Near a Castle He Had Put Under Siege. After 80 Days, He had the Trees Covering Cut Down, Which Made it Seem Like a Castle Had Sprung Up Overnight. Read More »

Resolute Desk

The Resolute Desk was Built from the Scrap of the HMS Resolute. It Has Been Used by Most Presidents Since the Year 1880.

Sometimes a piece of furniture comes along and completely transforms our surroundings. Furniture is meant to be lived in, slept in, worked in, sat in, just as a painting is meant to be looked at, and fashion is meant to be worn. It governs how we interact with our surroundings. But did you know how …

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Caligula

Caligula is Known as the Most Mad Roman Emperor. His Name was Given to Him By His Father’s Soldiers While Being on Campaign with Them in Germania. His Name Means “Little Boots”.

Mad, evil, and bloodthirsty. These are a few epithets attributed to men traditionally considered the worst Roman emperors. Ironically, these miscreants are among the best-known Roman rulers for all the wrong reasons. The list of their misdeeds is vast, from flinging people off cliffs to naming a horse a consul to playing an instrument while …

Caligula is Known as the Most Mad Roman Emperor. His Name was Given to Him By His Father’s Soldiers While Being on Campaign with Them in Germania. His Name Means “Little Boots”. Read More »

John Appleseed

Contrary to Popular Belief, Johnny Appleseed Planted Apples to Manufacture Booze and Sell Land to Pioneers and Not Help Spread the Fruit Across the United States.

There are many larger-than-life heroes in American folklore. But for those who have been out of school for a long time, it can be difficult to remember which are made up and which are real historical figures who have come to be credited with fantastical deeds. What about Johnny Appleseed, the outdoorsman who is said …

Contrary to Popular Belief, Johnny Appleseed Planted Apples to Manufacture Booze and Sell Land to Pioneers and Not Help Spread the Fruit Across the United States. Read More »

Cigarettes

Cigarettes were Intended to be a Woman’s Cigar Since Smoking a Cigar was Considered Unladylike.

In general, men tend to use tobacco products at a higher rate than women. Cigarettes were smoked by 35% of adult males and 6% of adult females. Such disparities could be attributed to physiological, particularly ovarian hormones, cultural, and behavioral factors. But did you know why the cigarette was invented?  Cigarettes were intended to be …

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1875 babies

Early Scientists Did Not Know Where Babies Came From. They were Only able to Figure it Out By 1875.

Buffon first coined the term reproduction in 1749. Still, it was Anton van Leeuwenhoek who was the first to conduct experiments on human spermatozoa which eventually led to a better understanding of human production. But did you know early scientists did not have a clear picture of the process up until 1875? It wasn’t until …

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Spitfire WWII

World War II Spitfires Only Had 20 Seconds Before Running out of Ammo. Its Representation in Movies was Wildly Inaccurate.

Warplanes play an essential role in warfare. Having an advantage in the air may change the course of the battle. The Spitfire was a front-line fighter during World War II. But did you know that the machine guns loaded onto these planes didn’t perform accurately as depicted in the movies? Most film representations of World …

World War II Spitfires Only Had 20 Seconds Before Running out of Ammo. Its Representation in Movies was Wildly Inaccurate. Read More »