The Most Protected Artifacts Across the Globe

This is a guest post by John Hannen. Covering everything from intricate collections of jewels to fine pieces of art, humanity has certainly gathered together a remarkable range of precious items over history. As these items have an immense value and high insurance costs attached to them though, you may find yourself pondering how these […]

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Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Minor Investment

Franklin D. Roosevelt (left) and Jesse H. Jones (right) In 1940, Franklin D. Roosevelt issued a memorandum titled “F.D.R. miscellany (memorandum in F.D.R.L.)” to his Federal Loan Administrator Jesse H. Jones regarding a minor investment — in horse racing: Reference Elliot Roosevelt (Editor) (1950). F.D.R: His Personal Letters 1928-1945.  

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A Complaint Letter From Ancient Babylonia

A tablet unearthed in 1953 contained what could be one of the oldest complaints letters. It is estimated that the letter was written in 1750 BC. So, it can be said that people have been writing complaint letters at least 3750 years ago. The tablet is now displayed in the British Museum.

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Gleanings From The Past #63

Numerical Coincidence I have heard of certain individuals being regulated in all the important events of their lives by certain peculiar numbers, which fell out to them respectively, with a strangeness of accuracy which it is almost impossible to reckon altogether the effect of chance. The following account, which is taken from the work of an Arabian historian, affords […]

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Gleanings From The Past #62

Bag o’ Nails BACCHANALS—BACCHANALIANS — vulgo “The Bag o’ Nails.” A public-house in Pimlico had originally a sign on which was represented a satyr and several Bacchanalians dancing and carousing. The common people called the satyr the devil, and, in course of time, the sign was known only as “The Bag o’ Nails,” or “The […]

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Obsolete Geographical Knowledge

“You mean there are two Koreas?” — U.S. Ambassador to Singapore Richard Kneip, when questioned about his opinion during a congressional hearing on the conflict between the North and South Korea. Doctor, a newspaper targeted to general practitioners published once a week, was well received by the doctors due to its excellent content and service. […]

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Wearing Two Watches

During the latter half of the eighteenth century, wearing two was in vogue in Europe. It was only popular among the males at first, but soon, the females also adapted this fashion. However, watches were costly back then so many people would use faux watches. Usually, one would wear a genuine watch on one side, […]

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The ABCs Of War

“The Harvest of Battle” by Christopher R. W. Nevinson, 1919 An Austrian Archduke, assaulted and assailed, Broke Belgium’s barriers, by Britain bewailed, Causing consternation, confused chaotic crises; Diffusing destructive, death-dealing devices. England engaged earnestly, eager every ear, France fought furiously, forsaking foolish fear, Great German garrisons grappled Gallic guard, Hohenzollern Hussars hammered, heavy, hard.

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When Soldiers Mistook Bugs For Bullets

Image: Wired In 1775, during the time of the arrival of Thomas Gage in Boston, something bizarre and absurd occurred. A group of British soldiers, while walking at Beacon Hill (Boston) after dusk, were terrified by a strange sound that they heard in the air. They thought it was the sound of bullets which later […]

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