Category Archives: History

A Brief History of Soap

While humans have known about soap since antiquity, its use has ebbed and flowed with the times. From ancient Babylon to modern bathrooms, History Guy recalls the forgotten story of soap. This is original content based on research by The … Continue reading

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The British Psychiatrist Who Explored Paranormal Premonitions | The Backstory | The New Yorker

Sam Knight discusses his reporting on how a psychiatrist set out to collect the dreams and forebodings of the British public.

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Afro-jazz star Manu Dibango dies after contracting coronavirus – France 24

Afro-jazz star Manu Dibango dies after contracting coronavirus More: Afro-jazz star Manu Dibango dies after contracting coronavirus – France 24

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What Did People Use for Wiping Before Toilet Paper?

Toilet paper was first used by the Chinese about 1300 years before it caught on with the rest of the world. The first references of people using toilet paper dates back to the 6th century AD in the Chinese Imperial … Continue reading

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How a Suzanne Vega Song Helped Create the MP3

Karlheinz Brandenburg has listened to Suzanne Vega’s “Tom’s Diner” thousands of times and never tires of it. In fact, the song holds a special place in his heart because it was instrumental in the creation of the MP3. The German … Continue reading

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The Story of Radio & Its Importance | World Radio Day 2020 | February 13th | Utsav 360 |

The radio is the first broadcasting medium ever invented. It is also the most accessible medium for people around the world. Through storytelling, news and information, radio brings communities together. Radio is still important and relevant in this age of … Continue reading

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A Digital Conversion Miraculously Clarifies a Classic 1896 Film to Look Like It Was Shot Yesterday

Denis Shiryaev has found a way to clarify the world’s earliest films and their signature grainy textures. He transformed the classic 1896 The Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat Station into a 50-second film that suddenly reveals distinct faces … Continue reading

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The Art of Forgetting, Australians and their History | David Hunt | TEDxSydney

David Hunt is an historian, writer and satirist. David’s first book, Girt: The Unauthorised History of Australia won the 2014 Indie Award for Non-Fiction and was shortlisted for the Australian Book Industry Awards and New South Wales Premier’s Literary Awards. … Continue reading

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A real history of Aboriginal Australians, the first agriculturalists | Bruce Pascoe | TEDxSydney

Indigenous writer and anthologist Bruce Pascoe draws on first-hand accounts from colonial journals to dispel the myth that Aboriginal people were hunters and gatherers and “did nothing with the land that resembled agriculture”. In this powerful talk, Pascoe demonstrates a … Continue reading

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Researchers Unearth World’s Oldest Figurative Artwork in Indonesian Cave

A recent finding in Sulawesi,Indonesia, is changing our conceptions of the origins of visual art. Fifteen researchers this week published an article in Nature describing prehistoric cave art that they believe was created about 43,900 years ago. The art depicts … Continue reading

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