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World War I Centennial: Recalling the Messenger

The First World War was an unprecedented catastrophe that killed millions and set the continent of Europe on the path to further calamity two decades later. But it didn’t come out of nowhere. With the centennial of the outbreak of hostilities coming up in 2014, Erik Sass will be looking back at the lead-up to [...]

World War I Centennial: Rattling the Saber at Sea

The First World War was an unprecedented catastrophe that killed millions and set the continent of Europe on the path to further calamity two decades later. But it didn’t come out of nowhere. With the centennial of the outbreak of hostilities coming up in 2014, Erik Sass will be looking back at the lead-up to [...]

Was 12-year-old boy a 1913 Nostradamus ?

During the reign of King George V, Edgar Codling wrote down a series of predictions about the future. The 12-year-old predicted that by the year 2000,…

Why the Red Telephone Box was Almost Silver and Other Facts About the K6

Though they’re not as numerous as they once were, the red telephone box is one of a handful of images that instantly conjures up visions of England. But it wasn’t always such an icon. The Versions When telephone booths first came on to the scene, they were definitely more function than form. Intent on finding something [...]

Identical Cousins

Can you distinguish which man in this picture is Czar Nicholas II of Russia, and which is King George V of England? The two monarchs were cousins born only three years apart. Can’t decide? The answer is at The Ornamented Being. Link -via TYWKIWDBI

The Hidden Meanings of Tattoos

The real stories behind popular body-art symbols. The Jerusalem Cross and the Dragon: A Royal Fad England’s King Edward VII started the royal tattoo craze in 1862. During a trip to the Holy Land, the then-Prince of Wales had a Jerusalem Cross inked on his arm. His son, the future King George V, followed in his father’s [...]

The Genius of the Joy of Cooking

by Tim Farrell Forget magazine clippings and newspaper headlines. If you really want to put your finger on the pulse of American culture, just flip through an edition of the Joy of Cooking. The ubiquity of the Joy of Cooking is staggering. More than 18 million copies have sold since the Great Depression—when a Midwestern widow named [...]

6 Christmas Firsts

Do you know which president put up the first White House Christmas Tree? Ever wonder which department store hosted the first department store Santa? Here’s a look back at a few not-so-famous Christmas firsts. 1. The First Department Store Santa The first “department store Santa” in the U.S. made his appearance at a Philadelphia dry goods store [...]