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10 Historical Titans With Surprising Tattoos

Regretting that Taz-too on your ankle? Don’t! You’re walking in the footsteps of greatness.<p><b>1. THOMAS EDISON</b><p>Tattoos would never have taken off if …

Ghost Army: The Inflatable Tanks That Fooled Hitler

The Allies saved thousands of lives by embracing the artistry of war.<p>As Jack Masey, who was recruited into the Ghost Army at age 18, remembered: "We were told we were going to be using inflatable equipment to try and fool the Germans into thinking that we were a real army, when we were in effect, I …

Rite that caused riots: celebrating 100 years of The Rite of Spring

The audience, packed into the newly-opened Théâtre des Champs-Élysées to the point of standing room only, had neither seen nor heard anything like it.<p>…

Disability history: The sword-thrower with no limbs

<b>Using previously unused sources, a new daily 10-part BBC Radio 4 series uncovers personal accounts of disabled people's lives, stretching back to the Middle Ages. These challenge the idea that all stories were of triumph or tragedy.</b><p>It is often assumed that prior to World War I, when the return of …

Ruse of War: 6 Sneaky But Brilliant Strategies

War can be tricky—especially when done correctly. It's called Ruse of War, the act of clever tactic or deception on the battlefield. Think Trojan …

Herophilus and Erasistratus: The ‘Butchers’ of Alexandria

During the third century BCE, the city of Alexandria was home to a remarkable event in the development of ancient medicine as two physicians, named …

Robert the Bruce Battle of Bannockburn letter discovered

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/uk/983000/983029_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524703450_4f71600a6e0a7e4855d0c1f3c2d73697<p><b>A copy of an unknown Robert the Bruce letter from the build-up to the Battle of Bannockburn has been discovered.</b><p>The letter, sent in 1310, asks English King …

Jefferson Davis - a summary

Jefferson Davis, 1808-1889, was the first, last, and only president of the Confederate States of America.<p>The youngest of ten children, Jefferson …

Carbon Dating Confirms World's Oldest Torah Scroll

A scroll at the University of Bologna is shown to be 800 years old.<p><b>In 1889, an Italian librarian's faulty identification sentenced to archival obscurity an antique Torah scroll that has turned out to be the oldest complete such scroll in existence.</b><p>This week, University of Bologna Professor Mauro …

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The Katzenklavier: An Organ Made of Cats

Long before the wonders of keyboard cat, felines and music had a tense relationship. The two were tied by an infernal instrument—the katzenklavier, …

Postmortem portraiture: Creepy or sweet?

While photographing dead relatives might sound morbid, some see it as a way to memorialize their loved ones<p>With the arrival of accessible photography came a developed culture of portraiture for not just the living, but the dead. Up until the 1830s with the creation of the daguerrotype, creating an …

Portrait of Lincoln, A Hyper-Realistic Bust of Abraham Lincoln by Kazuhiro Tsuji

Hollywood special effects artist Kazuhiro Tsuji has made “Portrait of Lincoln,” a hyper-realistic bust of the Great Emancipator, Abraham Lincoln. It …

The Hanging Gardens of … Nineveh?

Blame it on a bad translation. This ancient wonder may not have been in Babylon.<p><b>The legendary Hanging Gardens of Babylon are exactly that: legendary. And they may not have been located in Babylon.</b><p>The gardens, famous as one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, were, according to Stephanie …

Native Americans and the American Civil War

The American Civil War was a years-long battle that divided the United States into two: north versus south. The war is most often remembered for its …

Billy Possum: President Taft's Answer to the Teddy Bear

Teddy bears are beloved everywhere. They make up roughly 70 percent of the billion dollar plush toy industry. (And in Britain, 35 percent of adults …

Latin Charms of Medieval England: Verbal Healing in a Christian Oral Tradition

<b>Latin Charms of Medieval England: Verbal Healing in a Christian Oral Tradition</b><p>By Lea Olsan<p><i>Oral Tradition</i>, Vol7:1 (1992):<p>Introduction: This is an …

What did Dragons look like for the Vikings?

While the modern image of the dragons often depicts a beast that has four legs, leathery wings and breathes fire, the medieval image of the creature …

Providers and Educators: The Theory and Practice of Fatherhood in Late Medieval Basel, 1475-1529

<b>Providers and Educators: The Theory and Practice of Fatherhood in Late Medieval Basel, 1475-1529</b><p>By Philip David Grace<p>PhD Dissertation, University of …

Medieval Dungeon discovered in England

Workers installing a new water main in the town of Faversham, in southeast England, have discovered a prison and dungeon dating back to the 14th …

Castleford's Lost Chronicle: The Historic Imagination in Yorkshire

<b>Castleford’s Lost Chronicle: The Historic Imagination in Yorkshire</b><p>By Robert A. Albano<p><i>Dong Hwa Journal of Humanistic Studies</i>, No.2 (2000)<p>Abstract: The</i> …

Neonatal care and breastfeeding in medieval Persian literature

<b>Neonatal care and breastfeeding in medieval Persian literature: Hakim Esmail Jorjani (1042-1137AD) and the Treasure of King Khwarazm: A Review</b><p>By …

The First Venetian Love Letter? The Testament of Zorzi Cernovich

<b>The First Venetian Love Letter? The Testament of Zorzi Cernovich</b><p>By Diana Gilliland Wright<p><i>EJOS</i>, Vol.9:2 (2006)<p>Introduction: In December 1496, Sanudo …

Problems with Continuity: Defining the Middle Ages for Medievalism Studies

<b>Problems with Continuity: Defining the Middle Ages for Medievalism Studies</b><p>By Karl Fugelso<p><i>Perspicuitas</i> (2013)<p>Introduction: As can be seen in almost …

The uses of Anglo-Saxon manuscripts, c. 1066-1200

<b>The uses of Anglo-Saxon manuscripts, c. 1066-1200</b><p>By Mark Faulkner<p>DPhil, Oxford University, 2008<p>Abstract: This thesis examines the uses of Anglo-Saxon …

A Guide to the The Bayeux Tapestry

<i>The Bayeux Tapestry is one of the most well known and interesting pieces of artwork from the Middle Ages. In the feature, we will take you into what</i> …

Mind-Blowing Discovery of the Day: Angkor Wat Was Much Larger Than We Ever Imagined

Elizabethan child actors 'kidnapped and whipped'

Shakespeare and the Globe Theatre were opponents of the children's companies<p><b>Child performers on the Elizabethan stage were subjected to abduction, cruelty and violence, reveals a study by a University of Oxford academic.</b><p>Dr Bart van Es says court documents show some child actors had been forcibly …

Hemingway revealed as failed KGB spy

Up till now, this has been a notably cheerful year for admirers of Ernest Hemingway – a surprisingly diverse set of people who range from Michael …