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Brassicas That Come From The Same Plant: Broccoli, Cauliflower, Brussels Sprout...

Weird History | February 26, 2021

Woman holding seed tray of black kale plant seedlings. (Geography Photos/Universal Images Group via Getty Images) You may have heard t...

1828: John Quincy Adams's Son Marries First Cousin At The White House

1800s | February 25, 2021

Daguerrotype of the south front of the White House, 1846. (Library of Congress/Wikimedia Commons) When John Adams II married his first cousin in a ...

1988: U.S. Supreme Court Defends Right To Satirize Public Figures

1980s | February 24, 2021

In 1988, the king of filth went head-to-head with the leader of the moral majority in the Supreme Court, battling over what could and couldn't be sai...

W.E.B. Du Bois: American Sociologist, Black Leader, And Civil Rights Activist

People | February 23, 2021

Formal photograph of W. E. B. Du Bois, with beard and mustache, around 50 years old. (Library of Congress/Wikimedia Commons) You may not kn...

George Washington: Biography, About, Facts, & Things You Didn't Know

People | February 22, 2021

George Washington (1732–1799), first president of the United States, 1789–97, in an engraved portrait after 1792 painting by John Trumbull. (Stock Mo...

Nina Simone: Jazz Singer's Biography & Things You Didn't Know

People | February 21, 2021

Courageous and complicated, Nina Simone remains an artist whose work begs to be pored over and inspected. She may be famous for her performance of "I Love...

Ansel Adams: Artist Biography, Facts, Trivia, & More About This Legendary Photographer

People | February 20, 2021

Photographer Ansel Adams stands on a bluff above the Pacific Ocean. He adjusts the settings on his camera. (Roger Ressmeyer/CORBIS/...

Caligula: All The Most Ridiculous And Horrifying Things He Ever Did

Ancient History | February 19, 2021

Roman sestertius depicting Caligula. (CNG/WIkimedia Commons) No Roman leader is quite as infamous as Caligula. In just four short years, Caligula wen...

Is Pluto Is A Planet? How Clyde Tombaugh Discovered Pluto In 1930

1930s | February 18, 2021

On February 18, 1930, a young, eager, self-taught astronomer named Clyde Tombaugh made an observation that changed the way we think about our galaxy a...

The Phantom: The World's First Superhero Premiered In 1936

1930s | February 17, 2021

The Phantom is a rarity among superheroes. As one of the first costumed superheroes, he paved the way for characters like Spider-Man and Batman while creator...

Why Do We Say 'God Bless You' After A Sneeze? History Of The Pope's Decree

Ancient History | February 16, 2021

1/27/53-Detroit, Michigan: Sneezing spreads influenza. Sneeze caught by highspeed stroboscopic unit at 1/10,000th of a second. (Getty Images) ...

Galileo Galilei: Biography, Facts, & Things You Don't Know Yet

People | February 15, 2021

Italian astronomer and physicist Galileo Galilei (1564–1642) using a telescope, circa 1620. (Hulton Archive/Getty Images) Much like Madonna and Cher, Gal...

Black Day: South Korea's Anti-Valentine's Day Where Singles Gather In Black And Eat Together

Weird History | February 14, 2021

Are you single and tired of the empty calories, cartoon hearts, and permanent glitter that bombard your senses every Valent...

Jesse James: Biography, Facts, & Things You Didn't Know About The Wild West Legend

People | February 13, 2021

American outlaw Jesse James, circa 1870. (MPI/Getty Images) Between 1866 and 1879, Jesse James terrorized the people and wallets of A...

Abraham Lincoln: Biography, Facts & Things You Didn't Know

1800s | February 12, 2021

President Abraham Lincoln. (Alexander Gardner/Library of Congress/Corbis/VCG via Getty Images) If you went to elementary school in the United States, you pro...

How Hollywood Started When Independent Filmmakers Moved to California In The 1910s ...

1910s | February 11, 2021

Panoramic view of downtown Los Angeles showing Pershing Square, c.1910. (Charles C. Pierce/Wikimedia Commons) Before 1915, Los Ang...

Deep Blue: The First Time A Computer Beat A Human Being At Chess

1990s | February 10, 2021

Kasparov in 1985. (Rob Bogaerts/Anefo/Wikimedia Commons) Developed in part by computer scientist Feng-hsiung Hsu, Deep Blue is a chess-playing computer ...

When A Simpsons Episode Almost Changed What Australia Called Their Currency

Recent History | February 9, 2021

The 1995 Simpsons episode "Bart vs. Australia" nearly started an international incident, but more importantly, it was almost responsible for...

Marilyn Monroe's Love Life: Divorces And Dates With Joe Dimaggio, Arthur Miller, Kennedys, And More

People | February 8, 2021

1954: A wistful Marilyn Monroe (Norma Jean Mortenson or Norma Jean Baker, 1926–1962). (Baron/Hulton Archive/Getty Image...

Charles Dickens: Stories, Biography, & Things You Didn't Know About The Literary Titan

People | February 7, 2021

British novelist Charles Dickens (1812–1870) seated in his study in Gads Hill near Rochester, Kent circa 1860. (Epics/Getty Images)...

Human Evolution: Things You Didn't Know About How We Evolved

Weird History | February 6, 2021

The size and shape of the skull changed over time. The leftmost, and largest, is a replica of a modern human skull. (Carolyn WIlczynski/Wikimedia Commons) M...

Hank Aaron: Stories, Biography, & Things You Didn't Know About The Sports Legend

People | February 5, 2021

A baseball signed by Hank Aaron. (Arturo Pardavila III/Wikimedia Commons) It's not hyperbole to say that baseball wouldn't be the same ...

Rosa Parks: Stories, Biography, & Things You Didn't Know About The Civil Rights Leader

1950s | February 4, 2021

Civil rights leader Rosa Parks smiles while people gathered around her applaud at a ceremony held in her honor. (Angel Franco/New Y...

Titanic Survivor Stories: Who Survived The Titanic And What Happened To Them?

1910s | February 3, 2021

Michel Marcel Navratil, and his younger brother, Edmond Roger. Taken in April 1912 to publish in newspapers in order to assist in their ident...

Supernatural Laws: Real World Policies And Laws To Protect Against Witches And Other Mystical Cre...

Weird History | February 2, 2021

A tongue-in-cheek sign warning of Bigfoot crossings on Pikes Peak Highway in Colorado. (Gnashes30/Wikimedia Commons) ...

Gladiatrix: This Is What Life Was Like For Female Gladiators In Ancient Rome

Ancient History | February 1, 2021

The Way Female Gladiators Were Seen In Ancient Rome Were there female gladiators in Ancient Rome? Of course there were, and they often foug...

13th Amendment To The U.S. Constitution: What It Looked Like When Slavery Ended

1800s | January 31, 2021

13th Amendment of the United States Constitution. (National Archives of the Unites States/Wikimedia Commons) On January 31, 1865, Congres...

The United States' First Ever Presidential Assassination Attempt (Andrew Jackson, 1835)

1800s | January 30, 2021

The etching of the assassination attempt. (Unknown author/Wikimedia Commons) In 1835, Andrew Jackson almost became the first Amer...

Harriet Tubman: Biography, Facts, And Things You Didn't Know About The Slave Liberator

Civil War | January 29, 2021

Harriet Tubman (1820-1913), American Abolitionist, Portrait, circa 1885. (Universal History Archive/Universal Images Group via Getty...

Challenger Disaster: What Happened To The Space Shuttle And Why Did It Fail?

1980s | January 28, 2021

Space Shuttle Challenger explodes shortly after take-off. (NASA/Wikimedia Commons) On a clear, blue January morning in 1986, NASA's space sh...

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