A Look Beyond the Turkey: A Brief History of Thankfulness and Harvest

As we enter into the hustle and bustle of the approaching holiday season, it’s easy to forget that holidays aren’t made, or bought, or appropriated. On the contrary, they evolve over time. As I’ve seen time and time again, especially when it comes to food, people have a pretty rigid idea of what and what […]

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7 Archaeologists Who Were Real-Life Indiana Joneses

We see a character like Indiana Jones and think to ourselves that there cannot possibly be any archaeologists who were like that in real life, but we would be wrong. The field itself is wrought with danger and discovery and while some archaeologists may be more comfortable behind a desk or teaching, these 7 are clearly more […]

Agloe: Fake Places That Only Exist to Catch Copycat Mapmakers

Have you ever been to Agloe, New York? You might not have, considering it was made up to throw fake map makers off. Thing is, the (fake) place has taken on a life of its own, and is just one of many examples of such creations implemented to complicate the work of evil-doers. Take Argleton, […]

9 Historical Mysteries Solved by Astronomy

Throughout history there have been strange moments that have happened that have been ensconced in mystery since they were first spoken of in hushed stories passed down from generation to generation. Did the first marathon runner really drop dead? Could Mary Shelley’s griping origin story for Frankenstein actually be true? While we may scoff at […]

Halloween Decorating Project: In Praise of the Halloween Turnip and Brazen Heads

History geeks among us will know that the traditional carved vegetable of the Halloween season was not–as it is commonly seen today–the pumpkin, but rather the humble turnip. While some cite the practice to the legend of Stingy Jack, the mythology behind the turnip goes much farther back into the Celtic age.  According to some […]

Infographic: Looking for Life on Mars

We haven’t found any little green men on Mars…yet. But that doesn’t mean we haven’t been looking. Check out this informative and entertaining timeline created by NYU, containing some highlights of man’s past, present, and future search for life on the angry red planet. Really, Tesla?  The aliens are trying to talk to you?  Oh, […]

Five Ways To Geek Up Your Holiday Decorating

Every year it seems like the lights come out earlier. Returning from Thanksgiving festivities here in the US, we noticed that half of our street was illuminated wheras just days before had been absolutely typical. Bows and lights and garlands are just the beginning though; some people take their decorations way seriously. It’s not just […]

Five Reasons You Need to Watch The Pillars of the Earth

So you might have noticed I’ve got a little thing for the Middle Ages. Be it Arthur or Charlemagne, Margery Kempe or Marie de France, the period incorrectly referred to the Dark Ages has been a lifelong inspiration for me. In fact, I went through graduate school doing little else than perusing old manuscripts in […]