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That Time Detroit Gave Saddam Hussein the Key to the City

That Time Detroit Gave Saddam Hussein the Key to the City

Matt Blitz April 29, 2014 0

In 1980 America, the Cold War was still very much hot, Ronald Reagan was elected President, and the United States’ Olympic hockey team shockingly upset the USSR in what would be dubbed “The Miracle

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How the King James Bible Came About

How the King James Bible Came About

Emily Upton April 29, 2014 6

Today I found out about the origin of the King James Bible. Back in 1603, Queen Elizabeth I passed away. She had ruled England for 45 years, was well-loved, and provided a sense of

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A Brief History of Beer

A Brief History of Beer

Kathy Padden April 18, 2014 5

Beer brewing and drinking are activities that have been part of the human experience seemingly since the dawn of civilization. Around 10,000 years ago, mankind began to move away from living life as nomadic

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The Curious Relationship Between Richard the Lionheart and King Philip II of France

The Curious Relationship Between Richard the Lionheart and King Philip II of France

Emily Upton April 16, 2014 1

Today I found out Richard the Lionheart and Philip II of France “ate every day at the same table and from the same dish, and at night their beds did not separate them.” There

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The U.S. Army’s Camel Corps

The U.S. Army’s Camel Corps

Emily Upton April 8, 2014 2

Today I found out that camels were acquired by the United States military and played a role in the settlement of the American west. Camels are no strangers to war. They have been used

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How a Donkey and an Elephant Came to Represent Democrats and Republicans

How a Donkey and an Elephant Came to Represent Democrats and Republicans

Matt Blitz April 4, 2014 2

Jennifer asks: Why is a donkey and an elephant associated with the Democrats and the Republicans? The donkey is stereotypically bumbling, slow, and stubborn; the elephant- big and clumsy. Being compared to one of

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The True Story Behind The Appalling Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment

The True Story Behind The Appalling Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment

Matt Blitz April 2, 2014 3

Controversial research programs, unethical experimentation, and human trials have been part of the medical field for centuries. It doesn’t make it any less wrong, but certain scientists with questionable ethics have gotten away with

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The North’s Air Force During the American Civil War

The North’s Air Force During the American Civil War

Emily Upton April 1, 2014 1

Today I found out about the Union Army Balloon Corps. If you thought that air warfare was reserved for a time after airplanes were invented, you thought wrong. During the American Civil War, the

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The Last Gasp of the Vietnam War: Operation Frequent Wind

The Last Gasp of the Vietnam War: Operation Frequent Wind

Melissa March 31, 2014 2

Over two days in April 1975, as the forces of the North Vietnamese Army were poised to take the South Vietnamese capital of Saigon, members of the U.S. armed forces, its embassy in South

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Why Native Americans Didn’t Wipe Out Europeans With Diseases

Why Native Americans Didn’t Wipe Out Europeans With Diseases

Emily Upton March 26, 2014 13

Greg H. asks: Diseases from Europe wiped out most of the Indians, so why didn’t the Europeans also get wiped out by diseases from America? While estimates vary, approximately 20 million people are believed

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The Stanford Prison Experiment

The Stanford Prison Experiment

Melissa March 24, 2014 3

In the summer of 1971, on the campus of one of the nation’s top universities and under the supervision of a faculty member, 11 students tortured 10 others over a six-day period, all in

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The Deadly Glasgow Ice Cream Wars

The Deadly Glasgow Ice Cream Wars

Kathy Padden March 11, 2014 0

In the east end of Glasgow during the 1980s there were epic conflicts between warring ice cream truck operators over turf that came to be known as the Glasgow Ice Cream Wars. These conflicts

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The Great Depression and Scrabble

The Great Depression and Scrabble

Tegan Jones March 11, 2014 3

There aren’t a great number of positive things that can be attributed to the Great Depression. However, Scrabble is a game that probably wouldn’t have existed without it.  It all began with an unemployed

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The Coushatta Massacre

The Coushatta Massacre

Melissa March 6, 2014 0

For a few bloody weeks in August and September 1874, in an effort to retake control of their communities, white supremacists rampaged across Louisiana. By the time the smoke cleared (and federal troops arrived),

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The Large Number of Human Remains Found In Ben Franklin’s Basement

The Large Number of Human Remains Found In Ben Franklin’s Basement

Matt Blitz March 6, 2014 7

For eighteen years, Ben Franklin, the great American inventor, diplomat, and signer of the Declaration of Independence, was a tenant in a beautiful four story Georgian house at 36 Craven Street in London, mere

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The Huguenots vs. the French Catholics: The St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre

The Huguenots vs. the French Catholics: The St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre

Melissa March 4, 2014 0

Beginning on August 24, 1572 and lasting for nearly two months afterward, tens of thousands of men, women and children were slaughtered across France as part of an ongoing war to decide whose Jesus

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Sergeant Stubby: The Most Decorated Dog of WWI

Sergeant Stubby: The Most Decorated Dog of WWI

Emily Upton February 27, 2014 3

Today I found out about Sergeant Stubby, the most decorated war dog of WWI. When he was a puppy in 1917, Stubby was wandering around the fields of Yale University. Private Robert J. Conroy

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A Brief History of the Social Welfare Net

A Brief History of the Social Welfare Net

Melissa February 26, 2014 1

Over the past several years, the debate over the efficacy and implementation of the Affordable Care Act has highlighted the deep divides in the U.S. over the need for, and cost of, the entire

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