We remember many things about Napoleon Bonaparte; we remember that he was the Emperor of the French for a bit (about a decade), and that he led military campaigns that swept across large swaths of continental Europe, bringing 70 million people under his direct control...

The Black Death is, pound for pound, one of the most significant events in human history.  It ravaged the eastern hemisphere from 1343 to 1353, leaving mountains of bodies and traumatized survivors.  During those years, the Black Death, which is thought to have origina...

Raise your hand if you’ve heard of Jack Johnson.

 

Okay, now put your hand down and hang your head in shame if you thought I was talking about the soft rock/acoustic musician (the rest of you can just put your hands down).  Why would I be talking to you about someone who...

The emu is the second largest bird in the world, after the ostrich.  It is native to Australia, and is an important part of the country’s indigenous mythology, even appearing on the Australian coat of arms.  It can grow to be as tall as 6’2” and, when necessary, it can...

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....

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