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Napoleon Wasn’t Short, Vikings Didn’t Wear Horned Helmets, and 3 More Historical Misconceptions

There’s nothing a history geek likes more than saying, “Actually, everything you think you know about [insert historical event here] is wrong. And here’s why.” In this four-minute video, C.G.P. Grey tackles five historical misconceptions, contrasting the commonly accepted stories with what the historical record actually shows. My favorite is his explanation of Napoleon [...]

Who’s That Scientist?

Illustrator Chay Hawes created these images of sixteen well-known scientists from history. How many can you name? See a larger version at his website. Chay will post the answers later, so you can guess without the temptation to peek. Link

Crockford’s Club: How a Fishmonger Bankrupted the British Aristocracy

Crockford’s Club in 1828. How about a bit of history today? Everyone loves a good rags-to-riches story, and and the tale of Crockford’s Club is a great one: a man who sold fish for a living smelled an opportunity to garner a little bit of the British aristocracy’s surplus wealth. And he knew just how to [...]

5 Moments in Sauce History That Changed The Way We Eat

Whether it’s the classic brunch staple Hollandaise or Guy Fieri’s Donkey Sauce, human beings have always seemed to have a love affair with condiments. From the murky history behind Worcestershire sauce to the great French culinary tradition of the five Mother Sauces, here are five key moments in sauce history that have changed the way [...]

Music History #11: “The Ballad of Ira Hayes”

“The Ballad of Ira Hayes” Written by Pete La Farge (1963) Performed by Johnny Cash The Music Folk singer and songwriter Peter La Farge packed a lot into his thirty-four years on Earth. The son of a Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist was a Korean War vet, a rodeo cowboy, an actor, and a singer who was part of [...]

The Zymoglyphic Museum

This museum in San Mateo, California, is the “world’s only repository for the study and display of Zymoglyphic art, artifacts, and natural history.” It has some very interesting exhibits from history and nature -except there is something unnatural about them. A clue comes from the second definition of the word “zympglyphic”: 2. The collection and arrangement [...]

Bacteria turns toxic chemicals in to gold

Scientists have developed tiny bugs that can turn useless hazardous chemicals in to 24-karat gold. Throughout history the ability to turn valueless ma…

Great Historical Moments Captured in Papercraft

Want to relive some of history’s greatest disasters in all their glory but don’t want to deal with the whole death and injury thing? Then check out Disaster Dioramas and their collection of all kinds of historical tragedies as created in papercraft. Soon to come: The Alamo. Link Via BoingBoing

Music History #7: “Hurricane”

“Hurricane” Written by Bob Dylan and Jacques Levy (1975) Performed by Bob Dylan Getty Images The Music In 1974, when Bob Dylan wrote “Hurricane” about Rubin Carter, the boxer had already been in prison for ten years for a murder he supposedly did not commit. But his case had become a kind of cause célèbre for civil rights [...]

19 Videos That Make Learning Fun

Labor Day generally marks the end of summer and the start of a new school. These fun educational videos for all ages should ease the sting of returning to school and help make studying more enjoyable. History “Bad Romance: Women’s Suffrage” by Soomo Publishing This might be our favorite: a fantastic, well-produced women’s suffrage parody of Lady [...]