Story of the week
Originally published 07/05/2016
In the third, forgotten stanza, Francis Scott Key refers darkly to the members of the Colonial Marines, a battalion of runaway slaves who joined with the British Royal Army in exchange for their freedom.
Originally published 05/18/2016
Before guided missiles, humans had few ways to attack their enemies remotely, so they tried using animals.
Originally published 02/24/2016
In 1942 a man called Walter White travelled from New York to Hollywood, armed with a letter of introduction from the First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt. His aim was to try to persuade filmmakers to positively portray African Americans in movies.
Originally published 02/17/2016
Was his smallpox experiment really unethical?
Originally published 01/11/2016
When virginity was a disease, sex (preferably marital) was the only lasting solution.
Originally published 12/14/2015
The longest living American Revolutionary War veteran also had the longest marriage.
Originally published 11/18/2015
These grand buildings were meant to show off their cities’ bounty and to lure settlers to the otherwise foreboding plains.
Originally published 08/10/2015
The look of today’s presidential plane originated with a quiet collaboration between President John F. Kennedy and Raymond Loewy, who was perhaps the most accomplished commercial image and design expert of the post-World War II era.
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