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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 isn’t a great deal 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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When Did Teen Girls Stop Commonly Getting Married?

When Did Teen Girls Stop Commonly Getting Married?

Melissa February 18, 2014 1

Jamie M asks: When did having young teenage girls marry stop being so widespread? A long, long time ago. Marriage in the Ancient World In the Western world (and generally speaking) before imperial Rome,

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The Fascinating History of Eugenics

The Fascinating History of Eugenics

Melissa February 13, 2014 15

The name deriving from the Greek “eugenes,” meaning “well-born,” it should be no surprise that “eugenics” seeks to engineer a better human race by purposefully selecting good traits, and eliminating bad ones, as is

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The First Battery

The First Battery

Melissa February 12, 2014 1

Fourteen cm in height and eight around, the world’s first battery looked more like primitive pre-Columbian art than an amazing piece of ancient technology. Although most experts agree that the device produced electricity, there

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The Real Monuments Men

The Real Monuments Men

Matt Blitz February 12, 2014 3

War is ugly. Especially in contrast to the beauty of centuries-old European art. That was the very the reason that the Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives program was established in 1943, to protect fine

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One of the Greatest Scientists of the 20th Century You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

One of the Greatest Scientists of the 20th Century You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

Matt Blitz February 10, 2014 1

There’s a perception that religion and science go together about as well as mayonnaise and marshmallows. In some instances, this is, perhaps, true. But on a typically warm Southern California January in 1933 at

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The Ludlow Massacre

The Ludlow Massacre

Melissa February 7, 2014 0

On April 20, 1914, up to two-dozen people were killed in a tent village adjacent to the Ludlow Coal Mine in Ludlow, Colorado. This massacre of striking workers and their families is widely seen

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The Sacking of Osceola

The Sacking of Osceola

Melissa February 6, 2014 1

In 1861 in southwestern Missouri, near its border with Kansas, the city of Osceola was sacked by rabid anti-slavery jayhawkers (from Kansas). When the looting and burning were over, ten people were dead and

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Why the Standard Retirement Age Is Set Where It’s At

Why the Standard Retirement Age Is Set Where It’s At

Melissa February 5, 2014 0

Sheel P. asks: How was the official retirement age for people first determined? The idea of “retirement” from working is a relatively recent one in the Western world. In fact, even at the end

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The Checkered History of Slush Funds

The Checkered History of Slush Funds

Matt Blitz February 3, 2014 1

“Slush funds” has gotten many politicians and government officials in trouble over the years. The 19th and 20th century politics are riddled with fallen and, sometimes, corrupt individuals who were hit with the dreaded

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Smedley Butler and the Business Plot

Smedley Butler and the Business Plot

Melissa January 31, 2014 1

In 1933 and 1934, an alleged plot to overthrow the government of Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) by Wall Street Bankers may have happened. While contemporary newspapers called it a “gigantic hoax,” others, including the

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An Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny History of the Bikini

An Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny History of the Bikini

Kathy Padden January 29, 2014 1

The modern bikini has a relatively short history only spanning a little over a half century or so, but bikini-like suits have been around and worn commonly for certain activities since at least the

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