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World War I Centennial: Schlieffen Is Dead, but His Plan Lives On

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 [...]

Unusual Musical Instruments, Part Two

“QUANTUM SHOT” #694Link – article by Simon Rose and Avi Abrams Some Odd, Forgotten and Bizarre Instruments from Around the World Also Read Part 1 Most of us are familiar with pianos, guitars, drums, the wind and percussion instruments that make up many orchestras, plus many others. However, considering the multitude of different cultures that exist on our [...]

The Painted Lady

The following is an article from the book Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader Plunges Into History Again. How a lady and her hat scandalized Paris. In 1905, a painting shown in Paris shocked the public. Critics reviled it; religious and conservative moralists made speeches against it. The artist who painted it was vilified as a “wild beast” and [...]