Alena Francis

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Top 5 Green Winter Wedding Trends

Just because a winter wedding is considered "off-season" and "nontraditional" doesn't mean it can't be as festive as a ceremony in spring or summer. All you need is a little imagination, some do-it-yourself skills, or an amazing collection of costumes for a themed wedding. Pull out all the stops …

Toy Or Trouble? 'Mexico Barbie' Has Passport, Chihuahua

Mattel says its "Dolls of the World" line of Barbies come with passports, stamps and, with many of the toys, an "animal friend."<p>But the toy company's been getting some criticism this week for "Mexico Barbie," which as GlobalPost notes is "dressed for a fabulous fiesta in her vibrant pink dress with …

Messages from the past

ONE of the odd things about the history of communications is how much things have changed since the Victorian era—smartphones are barely recognisable …

“The Invention of Murder”: Homicide, Victorian style

An endlessly absorbing new history of the notorious killers and legendary detectives of the 19th century<p>"There is such a grand murder in the paper," says a well-bred elderly lady in Emily Eden's nearly forgotten 1859 novel, "The Semi-Detached House. "A whole family poisoned ... It is really very …

The Dinosaurs of the Victorian Era.

Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins unveiled the first ever sculptures of Iguanodons.<p>Since the End of the 17th century to the beginning of the 19th, several …

DECORATING IN THE 1890'S

A housepainter in 1893 observed, “Some people want their houses pure white throughout, while others have them painted as dark as possible, and some …

Were the Victorians cleverer than us? It depends which way you look at it

New research in the journal Intelligence suggests the Victorians were naturally cleverer than we are, and draws the startling conclusion that "the …