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The Real History of Columbus Day

Every year, on the second Monday of October, the U.S. celebrates Columbus Day, which commemorates the anniversary of Christopher Columbus’s arrival in the Americas on October 12, 1492. Yet he sailed for the Spanish, landed in the Caribbean, and was kind of a jerk. So, uh, why is this a U.S. holiday again?Read more… Continue […]

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The Great Siege Of Malta

Soldiers of the Ottoman Empire were routed on September 11, 1565 in what came to be known as “The Great Siege of Malta”. They were humiliated and forced to retreat from what was supposed to be an epic campaign of conquest for the greater glory of Allah, the Merciful. Was it a coincidence that Islamic […]

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Davy Crockett’s Best Life Lessons

Davy Crockett is an American folk hero of mythic proportions, and was greatly popularized during the 50s and 60s thanks to Disney’s TV miniseries and major motion pictures. But Crockett was a very real person in history, and he had a lot of wisdom to share.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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Davy Crockett’s Best Life Lessons

Davy Crockett is an American folk hero of mythic proportions, and was greatly popularized during the 50s and 60s thanks to Disney’s TV miniseries and major motion pictures. But Crockett was a very real person in history, and he had a lot of wisdom to share.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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Why Butter Used to Have Its Own Food Group

Today’s kids have MyPlate. When I was growing up, we learned the Food Pyramid. My parents categorized grub into four food groups. But look back a bit farther, and dietary advice gets a little weirder: in the early 1950s, there were seven food groups, and one was just for butter.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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Fix a Bad Education (or Augment a Good One) With These Videos

Some people got a great high school education. But some of us were sent to an evangelical Christian school, where we learned that evolution is a lie, Columbus was a cool dude, and Catholics are faking it. For us, and anyone else who suspects their education could use a revisionist refresh, there’s the free YouTube…Read […]

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Oh, God, Michael Bay Could Have Blown Up Stonehenge For Transformers: The Last Knight

Never let it be said that Michael Bay is not a man without a very well-defined directorial sensibility. Michael Bay is extremely good at being Michael Bay and the minute you start watching a Michael Bay movie, you know exactly what you’re in for. This is extremely true of Transformers: The Last Knight.Read more… Continue […]

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Three History Podcasts That Aren’t “Hardcore History”

Nothing against Dan Carlin’s “Hardcore History,” but it seems to eat up all the publicity for history podcasts. That’s a shame, because the podcast format is a fantastic way to dive into a thirty-hour history of the French Revolution, or snack on a 12-minute account of how Warren G. Harding, betrayed by his corrupt…Read more… […]

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The Surprising Way a Confederate Submarine Crew Died at the Hands of Its Own Weapon

During the latter stages of the American Civil War, the H.L. Hunley made history by becoming the first combat submarine to sink an enemy ship. The Confederate crew never returned from its mission, sparking a mystery that’s lasted for over 130 years. An exhaustive new analysis suggests these pioneering submariners…Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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There Is No Sex Equality When It Comes To Civilizational Contributions

Recently we had another one of those cringe-worthy clickbait responses to some troll or random Internet nobody as Steve Adler, the mayor of Austin, Texas replied to an angry email from some dude who was upset about those women-only Wonder Woman screenings (which by the way, may have been illegal). Regardless, a women-only, trigger-warned, safe […]

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Find the Confederate Monuments in Your Area with This New Tool

Last weekend’s deadly violence in Charlottesville originally began as a “Unite the Right” white supremacist protest against the re-location of a Robert E. Lee statue in a public park. Since then, Donald Trump has been busy defending the statue (and comparing confederate generals to George Washington), while officials…Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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Which Ridiculous Historical Figure From Fate/Grand Order Would You Summon?

Since Fate/Grand Order made its way stateside, we’ve been embroiled in unlocking more and more historical figures for our digital Holy Grail War. The Fate series is basically a giant battle royale between famous people, both real and mythological, but their representation has varied from the odd to the utterly…Read more… Continue Reading at http://kotaku.com

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