Category Archives: History

The First Human Cannonball- Neatorama

Her name was Rossa Matilda Richter, but she was known as Zazel, the human cannonball. Zazel was a trapeze performer and walked a tightrope, but became famous for performing a new stunt on April 2, 1877, at the Royal Aquarium … Continue reading

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A day in the life of an ancient Egyptian doctor – Elizabeth Cox

It’s another sweltering morning in Memphis, Egypt. As the sunlight brightens the Nile, Peseshet checks her supplies. Honey, garlic, cumin, acacia leaves, cedar oil — she’s well stocked with the essentials she needs to treat her patients. Elizabeth Cox outlines … Continue reading

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The Weird Truth About Arabic Numerals

Hank unravels the fascinating yarn of how the world came to use so-called Arabic numerals — from the scholarship of ancient Hindu mathematicians, to Muslim scientist Al-Khwarizmi, to the merchants of medieval Italy.

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Haunting, 9,000-Year-Old Stone Mask Discovered in a Field in the West Bank

With oval-shaped holes for eyes and a small ridge for a nose, the mask resembles something a 1970s hockey goalie (or Jason in “Friday the 13th”) might have worn. But this mask was carved out of stone 9,000 years ago, … Continue reading

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Pleasant Vices episode 1 I Aphrodisiacs

[from the description] When we think of aphrodisiacs we may think of luxury foods, like oysters and champagne, however as we find out in this video, these are not the most intriguing of historical aphrodisiacs. Join Food Historian Tasha Marks … Continue reading

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Why America’s Founders Tried to Recruit a Foreign Prince to Be Their King—And How That Moment Holds a Warning for Today — TIME

Authoritarianism is on the rise throughout the world, from Russia to Turkey to Hungary. Even in the United States, 37% of Americans have lost faith in democracy and shockingly one in six is ready for a military dictatorship. And yet … Continue reading

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The mystery of Beachy Head Lady: A Roman African from Eastbourne – Museum Crush

Eastbourne Museums Heritage Officer Jo Seaman recounts the 2014 quest for the identity of Beachy Head Lady, a mysterious sub Saharan African living in Roman Eastbourne Source: https://museumcrush.org/the-mystery-of-beachy-head-lady-a-roman-african-from-eastbourne/

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The princess who rewrote history – Leonora Neville

Anna Komnene, daughter of Byzantine emperor Alexios, spent the last decade of her life creating a 500-page history of her father’s reign called “The Alexiad.” As a princess writing about her own family, she had to balance her loyalty to … Continue reading

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Paraguayans: The World’s Weirdest Latinos

What exactly makes Paraguay different? And why are they known throughout Latin America and some places beyond that as the weirdest Latinos? Today let’s look at the history of one of the smallest, but certainly not weakest, Hispanic countries; a … Continue reading

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Brighton and Hove Black History: Discovering Diverse Sussex with Bert Williams- Museum Crush

A nurse from Brighton General Hospital, 1960s. Courtesy Brighton & Hove Black History Ahead of DIVERSE SUSSEX a programme of events in Eastbourne during November 2018 honouring the hidden diversity of people in Sussex, we talk to people’s historian Bert … Continue reading

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