Ocean Liners: Speed & Style at London's Victoria & Albert Museum explores the evolution of ocean-liners: the art, design and engineering as well as the travelers who enjoyed life aboard these magnificent vessels.
Magnificent exhibition a Buckingham Palace - Fashioning a Reign: 90 Years of Style from The Queen's Wardrobe - commemorates Her Majesty's 90th Birthday. //
The noise stopped, had Fort McHenry fallen? At the break of dawn, Francis Scott Key placed a telescope to his eye and looked toward the Fort's flagpole. Old Glory was caught in the morning breeze. The "flag so large that the British will have no difficulty in seeing it from a distance" was flying over Fort McHenry.
Over the last 150 years, people who have been grabbed an excess of power have committed enough genocides, brutal wars, and systematic murders to teach the world that no one person should ever wield total power again.
In 1494, the Treaty of Tordesillas granted Spain exclusive exploration rights west of a line running close to the 46th meridian. This determined the future of Spanish colonization of the New World, and the resulting geographical distribution of the Spanish language.
Some years before the mass hysteria of the Salem Witch Trials (in the late 17th Century) one hapless woman, working as a midwife and healer, was put to death for witchcraft. Hers was the second execution of its type in the New World and the first in the Massachusetts Colony.
Today, eating mass amounts of food is nothing particularly special. The world of competitive eating is even centered around eating ridiculous amount of food. However, aside from all those non-competitive eaters in the poorer parts of the world, most modern gluttons don't know the true meaning of insatiable hunger, at least not to the extent of one medieval Frenchman. While demonized for being a cannibal, a crime against nature that is certainly hard to accept, this man painted monster by history is a victim of circumstance and disease. This is the tale of Tarrare. He was a man and he was very hungry.
The Malleus Maleficarum was the field guide used by witch hunters to locate witches, determine their guilt, and to ensure the hunters were not, themselves, taken in by a witch's power. While it sounds like fiction, this book was adhered to religiously during Europe's witch craze, and it is responsible for some of the terrible actions taken by those who called themselves witch hunters.
Spring heeled Jack is one of the earliest modern urban myths. A creature who reportedly attacked women in Victorian London before the Ripper came on the scene, this Jack was said to be able to leap tall buildings at a single bound. What was he? Was he real? Or was he just a product of fevered imaginations?
Incorrectly labelled as an albino and barred by the German Shepherd Dog Society from competitions, the white coated dog was regarded undesirable. White puppies were slaughtered from litters and by the 1960's the breed was almost wiped out in Europe!
While we gave credit for the official discovery of America to Christopher Columbus (as much as you can "discover" a place where millions of people are already living), he wasn't the first European to set foot on American soil. In fact, he was a few hundred years late to the party, since the Vikings made landfall long before Columbus did.
Celebrating her 90th birthday in 2016, Queen Elizabeth II's diary is as full as ever! Will she retire or refire?
Throughout its 500 year history the development of the French language in Canada has involved a tangled web of linguistic, political and social issues.
An in depth look at a defining piece of evidence for the Big Bang Theory and its theological implications
Davy Jones is a creature that mariners have feared for centuries, and rightly so. A capricious devil of the waves, his infamous locker is where the drowned go to wait for a watery eternity. But who, precisely, is Davy Jones? And where did this modern maritime myth begin?
Captain Henry Morgan remains, to this day, one of the most infamous pirates (or privateers, depending on your opinion) to ever plunder the Caribbean. While he may have achieved respectability over time, the truly amazing thing is that the sheer size of his brass balls didn't sink every ship he set foot on.
In 1815 the world experienced a rare event. A volcanic eruption in Indonesia from Mount Tambora was so large that only a few come close to its size in the past 10,000 years. It is by far the largest eruption to have occurred in modern times, and had worldwide effects that resulted in hundreds of lives lost. The certainty that similar events will eventually occur again serve as motivation to prepare for all manner of possible disasters, natural or manmade. One event could change everything forever.
Pirates are one of the most romanticized groups of cutthroats, killers, and thieves in history. Scattered among all the hard-to-believe myths are a few nuggets of truth, though. One of those nuggets is the Pirate Code, which did actually exist. Understanding what it was and how it operated... that's a little harder to explain.