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WWII Files: Japan’s Secret Weapon- Exploding Balloons

WWII Files: Japan’s Secret Weapon- Exploding Balloons

Staci Lehman May 12, 2014 1

WWII saw the development of some zany designs for weapons, such as when the U.S. developed pigeon guided missiles and (literal) bat bombs (the latter of which were a little too effective, accidentally destroying the testing

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The Lawrence Massacre of 1863

The Lawrence Massacre of 1863

Emily Upton May 9, 2014 0

Kansas had been swept up in the debate over whether or not it should allow slavery for some time. When it was finally decided that Kansas would be a free state, the South was

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The Jackson State Massacre of 1970

The Jackson State Massacre of 1970

Melissa May 7, 2014 1

Overshadowed by the coverage of the Kent State Massacre that occurred not two weeks prior, when two people were killed and 11 injured while protesting at Jackson State College in the spring of 1970,

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Damnatio Memoriae: When the Romans Purposely Erased People from History

Damnatio Memoriae: When the Romans Purposely Erased People from History

Karl Smallwood May 2, 2014 2

Damnatio memoriae (condemnation of memory) was a punishment reserved for certain people the Romans decided to dishonour for one reason or another. Rather impressively, it involved trying to get rid of all records that

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Chastity Belts Were Never Actually Used in Medieval Times

Chastity Belts Were Never Actually Used in Medieval Times

Matt Blitz May 1, 2014 3

The lasting images of what most of us perceive to be the “medieval times” includes heroic knights, stampeding horses, court jesters, giant turkey legs, ruling kings, and pure maidens wearing chastity belts. But the

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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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