London, 1854.  It is late summer.  In the crowded neighborhood of Soho, an infant gets sick, and her distracted and tired mother tosses the baby’s soiled diapers in a cesspool in the apartment building’s basement.  Within three weeks, as a direct result of that action,...

Ask anyone to name their list of the top five presidents, and most people will go for the big ones: Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, one – or both – of the Roosevelts, possibly Kennedy, and maybe a modern president or two (Reagan, Clinton, or Obama, depending upon their...

History is full of dark, tragic, shocking moments.  It can be deeply depressing and soul-sucking.  However, it is equally full of moments that contain lashings of sheer ridiculousness.  Every so often, I’d like to share one of those ridiculous moments with you....

There are topics and questions in life that have correct answers.  If you multiply seven by eight, for example, you should get fifty-six every time; if someone asks you what you get when you combine two hydrogen atoms with a single oxygen atom, the answer will always b...

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