The unexpected explosion of the Hindenburg on May 6, 1937, left an enduring mark on history. Thirty-six people were killed as the massive airship attempted to dock at Naval Air Station Lakehurst in New Jersey. The disaster changed the lives of those who were involved, and it brought about the end of the airship era of... Continue Reading →
English fairy tales traditionally start with the words "Once upon a time," but Korean stories start with, "Back when tigers used to smoke." source
We expect successful actors to be paid massive sums to star in our favorite films, but have you ever considered how much they earn, relative to the amount of dialogue they actually speak? Here are the top-earning actors, based on the money earned per word of dialogue. Arnold Schwarzenegger as the Terminator While starring as... Continue Reading →
The most valuable item known to have been shipped by U.S. mail was the Hope Diamond. It was shipped from a New York City jewelry store on November 8, 1958, and sent to the Smithsonian's Natural History Museum in Washington, DC. The Hope Diamond has long been rumored to be cursed. According to legend, the diamond... Continue Reading →
Although Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) is now recognized as one of the most influential artists of the 20th century, his rise to fame was not immediate. In order to heat his Paris apartment, he was forced, by poverty, to burn many of his paintings. In 2015 his painting Women of Algiers sold for $179.3 million. One can... Continue Reading →
Archeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones doesn't miss much, but he apparently overlooked pretty conclusive evidence of a civilization that existed long ago in a galaxy far away.Steven Spielberg, the creator of the Indiana Jones films, enjoyed putting tributes to Star Wars in Raiders of the Lost Ark. Several noteworthy ones would have pointed Dr. Jones... Continue Reading →
Theodore Geisel, better known by his pen name, Dr. Suess, wrote more than 40 beloved children's books. With such classics as The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Dr. Suess earned an enduring place in the hearts of children everywhere. That's a pretty good accomplishment for a... Continue Reading →
Egyptian Pharaoh Pepi II (2284 BC - c. 2216 BC) had an extreme dislike of flies and an ingenious way of dealing with the problem. He would cover servants with honey and use them to lure the flies away from his presence.
A headline is designed to capture the reader's attention and draw him or her into the story. Sometimes that happens in entirely unexpected ways. Take a look at some of the most hilarious headlines to have graced the newspapers. Sometimes the attempt to correct the mistake can be even more entertaining, as was the case... Continue Reading →
Antonio López de Santa Anna (1794-1876) lost his leg in the service of his country, and he wanted to make sure no one ever forgot it. He also lost two other legs, and he probably wished no one would remember. Before becoming the 8th President of Mexico, Santa Anna came to prominence as a military... Continue Reading →
Few military maneuvers instill as many thoughts of heroism and daring as the cavalry charge. Rushing at full speed against an onslaught of enemy forces has inspired such poetic works Alfred, Lord Tennyson's as "The Charge of the Light Brigade," and have launched political careers, as did the Battle of San Juan Hill for U.S.... Continue Reading →
In today's era of multi-million dollar salaries for professional sports figures, it might surprise you that even the wealthiest of modern athletes cannot hold a candle to the best-paid sportsman of all time. In 2017 Real Madrid soccer star Ronaldo Cristiano brought in $93 million. As impressive as that is, it is mere pocket change... Continue Reading →
The Siamese cat originated in Siam -- modern day Thailand. In the Thai language, that most-easily recognizable breed is known by another name: Wichien Maat. It translates as "Moon Diamond."
Greek philosopher Gorgias of Epirus (c. 485 BC - c. 380 BC) narrowly avoided being buried alive on the first day of his life. Gorgias was born inside his recently-deceased mother's coffin. The pallbearers heard him crying as they carried the coffin to the grave and discovered the newborn when they investigated.
The current 50-star flag of the United States was designed in 1958 by Robert G. Heft. He was a junior in high school and came up with the design as part of a project for his history class. He received a B- for his efforts. One year later, after President Dwight D. Eisenhower chose the... Continue Reading →