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The Disastrous North Pole Balloon Mission of 1897

Reaching the North Pole was an international obsession during the late 19th century. Various countries devised plans for becoming the first to reach the pole, but no journey was as fascinating (or as doomed) as Sweden’s S.A. Andree’s mission to cross the Arctic in a hydrogen balloon. To understand what went wrong with Andree’s mission, [...]

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 [...]