Were you one of those history students who had difficulty grasping the details of the Middle Ages? Perhaps that's because the Middle Ages didn't actually take place. In 1986 Heribert Illig published Das erfundene Mittelalter (The Invented Middle Ages). He posits that a nearly-300 year period of time, AD 614–911, did not really take place... Continue Reading →
When it came to big names in the Viking community, Hastein was certainly a rising star. This 9th century chieftain made his name with raids in the Frankish Empire (notably avoiding Scotland, as Vikings had been warned to do) and joint efforts with Sweden’s King Björn Ironside to raid countries in the Mediterranean. It was... Continue Reading →
Kansas City is known as the home of barbecue, jazz, sports teams, and midwestern values. Did you know it is also the home of the greatest prophet from the Bible? Well, the home of one of his fingers, anyway.... Visitors the Kansas City’s Nelson-Atkins Museum Of Art can see a glass vial, housed in an... Continue Reading →
The People's Republic of China prohibits reincarnation without prior permission of the government. The 14-part regulation issued by the State Administration for Religious Affairs is aimed at limiting the influence of Tibet’s exiled god-king, the Dalai Lama, and at preventing the re-incarnation of the revered monk without approval from Beijing. source
The Vatican Bank (officially known as the Institute for the Works of Religion) is the only bank in the world that allows the user to select "Latin" as the language of choice. Dominus providebit -- the Lord will provide.
If you live in Russia or Ukraine, you probably celebrate Christmas on January 7, due to the different calendar kept by the Orthodox Church.
In the movie Chariots of Fire, Rev. J.D. Liddell advised his son, future 1924 Olympic gold medalist and missionary to China, "You can praise God by peeling a spud if you peel it to perfection. Don't compromise. Compromise is a language of the devil. Run in God's name and let the world stand back and... Continue Reading →
Independence Day in the United States is July 4, year after year. In the West Christmas is always on December 25. New Year's Day is January 1. So why is Easter never on the same date? The answer isn't all that cut and dry. Easter is a Christian holy day honoring the resurrection of... Continue Reading →
Every election season sees pundits bemoan the negativity of modern campaigns. We are often left with the idea that things used to be a lot more gentlemanly. Negativity is nothing new in American politics. If anything, things are better than they used to be. Consider the 1828 campaign song of President John Quincy Adams, used... Continue Reading →
When Frank Inn found the fluffy black-and-tan mixed breed dog in a Burbank, California animal shelter, little did he know what a treasure he had uncovered. Inn named the dog Higgins and set to work training him. Higgins was a quick study, and he ultimately came to be known around the world as the original... Continue Reading →
Now that Christmas is behind us for one more year, it is time to see just how much of the holiday traditions you know. Consider these Christmas fun facts: What’s so special about mistletoe? The Druids considered mistletoe sacred because it remains green and bears fruit during the winter when all other plants appear... Continue Reading →
The Constitutional Convention was at a deadlock. They had been meeting for five weeks and could come anywhere close to an agreement about how the states should be represented in the new Congress. Small states wanted equal representation. Large states wanted proportionate representation. With no one willing to budge and tempers running high in the... Continue Reading →
While President James Garfield tends to be little more than a footnote in the history of the US presidency because of the short time that he served, he was a truly remarkable man and deserves to be better remembered. Following are a few facts about the 20th President of the United States: Garfield's administration was... Continue Reading →
The Kumbh Mela is a tradition within the Hindu faith where the faithful gather for a ceremonial bathing in a sacred river. On February 10, 2013 over thirty million people participated at Allahabad, India, making it the largest peaceful gathering of people for one day's event. source
Going the extra mile to keep the werewolf population down, Argentina's presidents have made it a custom since 1907 to "adopt" the seventh son born in a family. The practice comes from a Russian legend that a family's seventh consecutive son was cursed to become a werewolf. Immigrants brought the legend to Argentina, where werewolves are... Continue Reading →