Category: History

History Revealed

History can teach us so many things and tell us fascinating stories of all kinds. As we peer into the lives and events of the past, it is almost as if we are taking a voyeuristic journey in a time machine. Once there, you can choose your favorite subjects to delve into further. Perhaps you have a penchant for crimes, Roman architecture, or cataclysmic events. Looking back helps us to understand our society as it is now and shows us exactly where we have come from and what has shaped us. We learn what mistakes to never repeat and how to create a better humanity. History can be downright funny, it can be entertaining, it can be scandalous. It doesn’t have to be boring. It doesn’t only educate. It inspires, disgusts, mystifies, and even titillates. This section documents stories and pieces of the past that are not necessarily mysteries, but that still intrigue us.

Fixing the New Year: How We Left the Lunar Calendar Behind

Fixing the New Year: How We Left the Lunar Calendar Behind

Before the Julian calendar, Romans used a lunar calendar that led to dates that moved around across different seasons. The New Year wasn't fixed. So how did we make the ...

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The Copernicus Grave Mystery: Rediscovering a Genius

The Copernicus Grave Mystery: Rediscovering a Genius

Copernicus' grave was lost for hundreds of years until 2005 when an ingenious investigation rediscovered the astronomer who showed us the real solar system.

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Poveglia Island: Why It’s One of the Most Cursed Places on Earth

Poveglia Island: Why It’s One of the Most Cursed Places on Earth

Poveglia Island lies in Venice's lagoon and has a macabre and very dark history. Why is it considered the most haunted place on earth?

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Who Really Discovered America?

Who Really Discovered America?

History books taught for many years that Columbus discovered America. Today, most people know this is not the case, but then who really discovered America?

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The History of Paranormal Investigation Part 2: Equipment and Techniques

The History of Paranormal Investigation Part 2: Equipment and Techniques

From séances to ghost boxes, the field of paranormal investigation has undergone a technological revolution that still requires better equipment and methods.

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The History of Paranormal Investigation

The History of Paranormal Investigation

The history of paranormal investigation started with one theologian by the name of Emanuel Swedenborg, and his work continues today across the world.

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Attack on Lady Florence Dixie: “Saved by Her St Bernard”

Attack on Lady Florence Dixie: “Saved by Her St Bernard”

During the purported attack on Lady Florence Dixie, her St Bernard saved her from two assailants dressed in womens clothing.

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How the Darien Scheme Changed the History of Scotland’s Independence

How the Darien Scheme Changed the History of Scotland’s Independence

William Paterson dreamt to establish a Scottish colony and international trade post at Darien, Panama. Did the Darien scheme cause Scotland's lost freedom?

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11 Things You Didn’t Know About Christmas

11 Things You Didn’t Know About Christmas

Ever wonder why we celebrate the Yuletide with the traditions we're all familiar with? Here are 11 interesting things you never knew about Christmas.

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Witch Prickers of 17th Century Inquisition

Witch Prickers of 17th Century Inquisition

Witch prickers drove long needles into accused witches in public in search of the devil's mark hoping to convict someone of being a witch.

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History of Dracula: Bram Stoker’s Real Inspiration

History of Dracula: Bram Stoker’s Real Inspiration

What is the real history of Dracula? Where did Bram Stoker get his inspiration for his vampire? It seems Vlad the Impaler made only a small contribution.

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History of Zombies from Ancient Times to Pop Culture

History of Zombies from Ancient Times to Pop Culture

The history of zombies goes back thousands of years. What are the beliefs of the undead around the world and how did they make their way into pop culture?

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The Ancient History of the Swastika and Its Fall From Grace

The Ancient History of the Swastika and Its Fall From Grace

The history of the swastika symbol goes back around 10,000 yrs. It represented the sun, life, and luck in many cultures until the Nazis adopted it as their emblem.

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The Theft of the Mona Lisa is What Made Her Famous

The Theft of the Mona Lisa is What Made Her Famous

Was the theft of the Mona Lisa a blessing in disguise? She became famous after Vincenzo Perugia artfully stole her from the Louvre in 1911.

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Amelia Earhart’s Life and Lasting Legacy

Amelia Earhart’s Life and Lasting Legacy

Amelia Earhart's life was about more than being a pilot. What did she do that makes us honor her to the extent that we do? What is her legacy?

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Historic Mysteries