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The “House of Horrors” Hotel and One of America’s First Serial Killers

The “House of Horrors” Hotel and One of America’s First Serial Killers

Emily Upton March 3, 2014 3

Today I found out about H.H. Holmes, one of the United States’ first serial killers. Herman Webster Mudgett was born in 1861 in New Hampshire to a relatively wealthy family. He was reportedly extremely

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The Pope Who Wrote a Popular Romance Novel

The Pope Who Wrote a Popular Romance Novel

Emily Upton February 28, 2014 2

Today I found out about Pope Pius II, who wrote a popular romance novel called The Tale of Two Lovers. Pope Pius II was born Enea Silvio Piccolomini near Siena, Italy in 1405, one

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Hero of Alexandria and His Amazing Machines

Hero of Alexandria and His Amazing Machines

Melissa February 28, 2014 1

Two thousand ago, the Thomas Edison of the ancient world lived in Alexandria, Egypt where he tinkered, built and wrote about some of the most amazing and whimsical machines the pre-industrial world had ever

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The Remarkable Emma Goldman

The Remarkable Emma Goldman

Emily Upton February 20, 2014 0

Goldman was born in 1869 in Lithuania, the first child from her mother’s second marriage to a man who desperately wanted a son. Her father was abusive, using a whip on Goldman who he

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The Wives of King Henry VIII, Part Two

The Wives of King Henry VIII, Part Two

Emily Upton February 13, 2014 2

For Part I of this two part series, go here. Today I found out about the last three wives of King Henry VIII: Anne of Cleves, Kathryn Howard, and Katherine Parr. We last left

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The Wives of King Henry VIII, Part One

The Wives of King Henry VIII, Part One

Emily Upton February 13, 2014 2

Today I found out about the first three wives of King Henry VIII: Catherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn, and Jane Seymour. “Divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded, survived,” as the old rhyme goes. King Henry

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Late for the Olympics: The Amazing Story of Kipchoge Keino

Late for the Olympics: The Amazing Story of Kipchoge Keino

Karl Smallwood February 7, 2014 3

Kipchoge Keino, aka Hezekiah Kipchoge Keino or (thankfully in the interest of avoiding typos) just Kip, is a retired athlete who ran for the country of Kenya. Throughout his career, Kip earned almost a

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Why Hubble Has a Telescope Named After Him

Why Hubble Has a Telescope Named After Him

Emily Upton February 4, 2014 2

Nissi U. asks: Why is the Hubble telescope called that? Just about everyone has heard of the Hubble Space Telescope. A space-based observatory on “the highest mountain” the world can provide; it is the

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The Woman Who Survived All Three Disasters Aboard the Sister Ships: the Titanic, Britannic, and Olympic

The Woman Who Survived All Three Disasters Aboard the Sister Ships: the Titanic, Britannic, and Olympic

Emily Upton January 28, 2014 13

Today I found out about Violet Jessop, “Miss Unsinkable,” the woman who survived the sinking of the sister ships the Titanic and the Britannic, and was also aboard the third of the trio of

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The Saint Who Buried People Alive and Burned Down a City in Revenge

The Saint Who Buried People Alive and Burned Down a City in Revenge

Emily Upton January 27, 2014 1

Today I found out about Princess Olga of Kiev, the saint who buried people alive and didn’t exactly take to heart the whole “Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against anyone among

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The Modern King Leonidas: Athanasios Diakos

The Modern King Leonidas: Athanasios Diakos

Theodoros II January 14, 2014 6

Greece is one of the most historically rich nations, with a culture and civilization that exceeds five thousand years of continuous human activity, producing such notable historical influencers as Alexander the Great, Socrates, Plato,

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The Troubled Life of the Brilliant Jack Parsons

The Troubled Life of the Brilliant Jack Parsons

Matt Blitz January 10, 2014 5

Marvel “John” (everyone called him Jack) Whiteside Parsons was born in Los Angeles, California in 1914 to a upper-middle class parents. Upon learning about her husband’s affair with another woman, Jack’s mother, Ruth, did

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5 Fascinating Vice-Presidents You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

5 Fascinating Vice-Presidents You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

Matt Blitz January 3, 2014 2

  John Nance Garner may have been a well-respected Speaker of the House in 1931, but always ambitious, he wanted more. So, in 1932, he ran to be the Democratic nominee for President of

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The Man Who Accurately Estimated the Circumference of the Earth Over 2,000 Years Ago

The Man Who Accurately Estimated the Circumference of the Earth Over 2,000 Years Ago

Emily Upton January 1, 2014 2

Today I found out about a man who fairly accurately estimated the circumference of the Earth well over 2,000 years ago: Eratosthenes of Cyrene. Born around 276 B.C. in Cyrene, Libya, Eratosthenes soon became

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The First Pope

The First Pope

Melissa December 27, 2013 1

In the first century, after the death and ascension of Christ, his apostles carried on the teaching of Jesus of Nazareth. At the forefront of this effort was Peter, chief of the apostles, fisher

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“Little Buddy”- The Life of Bob “Gilligan” Denver

“Little Buddy”- The Life of Bob “Gilligan” Denver

Eddie Deezen December 26, 2013 0

Robert Osbourne David Denver was born in new Rochelle, New York, on January 9, 1935 (that is exactly one day after the birth of Elvis Presley.) Just as his “distinguished-sounding” real name seems a

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The Man Who Was Stuck in the 1950s

The Man Who Was Stuck in the 1950s

Staci Lehman December 16, 2013 1

Henry Gustav Molaison, who came to be known by his initials, H.M., was studied from 1957 until his death in 2008. From an early age, H.M. suffered from severe epilepsy that was blamed on

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The Heroic Death of Chariots of Fire’s Eric Liddell

The Heroic Death of Chariots of Fire’s Eric Liddell

Karl Smallwood December 12, 2013 1

Imagine you dedicated your adult life to helping those less fortunate than yourself -that you spent your entire adult life trying to make the world a better place, and when you died (after sacrificing

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