Category: History

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Biting Off More Than You Can Chew? The Dangerous History Of Sword Swallowing

Biting Off More Than You Can Chew? The Dangerous History Of Sword Swallowing

Throughout human history we seem to have done almost anything to entertain ourselves, and some forms of entertainment have been pretty weird. Some of [...]
Muhammad ibn Zakariya al-Razi: Islam’s Medical Genius

Muhammad ibn Zakariya al-Razi: Islam’s Medical Genius

Abu Bakr Muhammad Ibn Zakariya Al Razi is not a familiar name to most in the English-speaking world. But he was one of the most notable persons in the [...]
The Language And Symbolism Embedded In Medieval Stone Bibles

The Language And Symbolism Embedded In Medieval Stone Bibles

In the Middle Ages, paintings and sculptures had a powerful educational function. The Church relied on the language of images to influence the illiter [...]
Enhance Your Memory with this Ancient Greek Memorization Technique

Enhance Your Memory with this Ancient Greek Memorization Technique

In Greek mythology, Mnemosyne was the personification of memory. In ancient Greece, prior to being written down, stories were recounted orally. Due to [...]
The Numbing Truth: A History Of Anesthesia

The Numbing Truth: A History Of Anesthesia

Throughout history, needing the help of a surgeon was almost a death sentence because if one did not die on the operating table, one would feel the ex [...]
St Rumwold: The Infant Saint and Medieval Miracle Stories

St Rumwold: The Infant Saint and Medieval Miracle Stories

Tucked away in an almost-forgotten manuscript from the 11th century is the extraordinary tale of St Rumwold, an infant saint who lived on this earthly [...]
Full Military Honors: Why Did General Santa Anna Bury His Leg?

Full Military Honors: Why Did General Santa Anna Bury His Leg?

Antonio López de Santa Anna was a controversial yet highly influential general who had earned the title of the “ Napoleon of the West.” The period in [...]
Herero and Namaqua Genocide: The Little-Known First Genocide of the Second Reich

Herero and Namaqua Genocide: The Little-Known First Genocide of the Second Reich

When you hear the word genocide, your mind may immediately go to the Holocaust by the Nazis during the Second World War. Very few know that the first [...]
Stone Circles Explained: How Maypoles and Lintels Lead to Stone Houses

Stone Circles Explained: How Maypoles and Lintels Lead to Stone Houses

The following essay is extracted from “ Stone Circles Explained ” by Stephen Childs. This book offers some alternative and less explored theories of t [...]
Columbus’s Identity Crisis and the Ongoing Spread of False Columbus News

Columbus’s Identity Crisis and the Ongoing Spread of False Columbus News

The news was astounding! Famous India was discovered just a month’s sailing across the Atlantic, proclaimed the first-ever International Press Release [...]
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