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William Bradford my ancestor was one of the signers of the Mayflower Compact and was Governor of Plymouth Colony.

10 Foods the Pilgrims Probably Ate at the First Thanksgiving

Unfortunately, there is no actual menu for the first Thanksgiving in 1621. There is some debate, however, whether or not turkey was on the table. There is even one story where the original intent was to hunt for turkey, and all the Pilgrims wound up bagging was a bunch of crows instead. We would guess that those were a wise bunch of birds. So let’s assume that turkey became a holiday symbol later on, and look at some of the other foods that may well have been served at that first…

The Monumental Figures of the Renaissance

Historians often bicker about the exact timeline and the most significant period of the Renaissance. Although the former can be loosely defined as the years between the 15th and 17th centuries, the latter might best be summed up in a quote from the classic 1949 film, The Third Man: '…in Italy for 30 years under the Borgias they had warfare, terror, murder, and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and the Renaissance. In Switzerland, they had brotherly love - they had…

Ancient Myths That Turned Out to be Real

The myths of the ancient world still inspire us today in literature and in pop culture. We tend to take it at face value that what history calls myth is nothing more than that. While there are those who firmly believe that every myth has a basis in reality, there's little done to investigate that claim and prove whether it's true or false. Sometimes it does happen that we come across evidence proving that an ancient story wasn't just a flight of fancy by someone writing fiction. 10. Amazon…

Shocking Facts About the Roman Empire

Pop culture loves to depict the Romans as an extremely serious, organized, and warlike culture. And while this is undoubtedly true, it can’t be denied that the Romans were at times downright insane. Despite their sophistication in areas like architecture, mathematics, and government, they believed some really strange things. From psychedelic fish, sewer goddesses, gladiator perfume, blood rituals, and an unhealthy obsession with penises, here are 10 shocking facts about the Roman Empire that…

Incredible Inventions of Ancient Civilizations

There’s a common impression that people in the past were less intelligent than they are today, since beliefs were widespread back then which are almost universally dismissed today. Yet John Hawks of the University of Wisconsin reported in 2011 that over the last 20,000 years, the average size of a human brain shrunk from 1,500 to 1,350 cubic centimeters. The automatic response from some would be that larger brains don’t necessarily correlate to higher intelligence, and that brain size…

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Fascinating Mysteries of Ancient Civilizations

Archaeology has uncovered many secrets from the ancient world. But the Earth has a bad habit of eroding the past, making it difficult to piece together the stories of our ancestors. In the past couple of centuries, we’ve discovered Roman artifacts in the Americas, found ancient Greek cities in what was once thought to be the backwater of Ancient Greece, puzzled over the success of the Incan economy, and have long searched for the core of history’s first true empire. These mysteries prove…

History's Scariest Improvised Weapons

Some people say that when life gives you lemons you can make lemonade. And if life gives you a handful of metal, maybe a barrel or two, some flammable chemicals, and a few small objects that you can use as projectiles then you can make an entire battlefield’s worth of improvised weapons if you’re dedicated enough, creative enough, and in some cases merciless enough.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HNMJOIHGJ-MThis is an encore of one of our previous lists, as presented by our YouTube host…

Incredible Ways We Could Explore the Universe

Humans have dreamed of traveling the stars since the early days of science fiction, and while we’ve managed to set humans down on the moon, launched space stations around Earth, and countless probes have touched down on the alien worlds in our solar system, we’ve been stuck in low-Earth orbit since the end of the Apollo program. But that doesn’t mean humans aren’t thinking of returning to the stars. Great minds are hard at work, either trying to circumvent the speed of light and the laws of…

History's Most Important Archaeological Sites

There's something inherently mystical about wandering among ruins of ancient places that held significant value to our ancestors. Places where they built, worshipped, traded, and slept before ultimately fading away. Numerous religious and cultural sites across the globe remain standing as iconic monuments for the curious and those that have the misfortune of being blessed with wanderlust. But while these and other remarkable archaeological finds can be observed in so many parts of the globe…

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Fascinating Facts About the Industrial Age

The Industrial Age saw the formation of many new technologies that would change the face of Great Britain and the world. From deeper coal mines, dirty factories, to the advent of the steam engine and canals, here are 10 fascinating facts about the Industrial Age. 10. It Began in Britain It’s widely thought that the Industrial Revolution began in Britain, thanks to its status as a global trading power. By the mid-18th century, inventions like the flying shuttle, the spinning jenny, and the…

More of History's Strangest Punishments

If there's one thing mankind has mastered during its history it's punishing those who break the rules. In every culture and every generation we've seen some of the most creative, and oftentimes cruel, methods of correcting behavior. Some punishments have graduated to levels of almost unbelievably complicated, vicious, and surreal weirdness. We covered 10 of them already, and we found a whole host of additional ones. 10. Crushed by Elephant If you were to make a list of all the animals that…

Shocking and Forgotten Historical Sex Scandals

You’re probably familiar with the old expression - “sex sells.” Well, that applies here, as well. People love hearing about the scandalous and licentious side of our past that, surprisingly, often gets left out of history class. In the past, we have taken a look at some scandals and controversies that caused a lot of outrage in society, and now it is time to go back to that same salacious well and examine a few more of history’s vulgar affairs. 8. Ben Franklin Attempts Familiarities If you…

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The Most Unfair Battles in History

John Lyly’s proverb “All’s fair in love and war” hasn’t resonated so much since he wrote it in his 1578 novel Euphues for no reason. A commander would be in a pretty difficult situation if they had to explain that they let an enemy inflict losses on them out of some abstruse sense of fairplay. Still, for many people, there’s some innate inclination to side with the underdog, so the smaller, less well-equipped army sometimes gets sympathy just for standing up to long odds. Unlike previous…

Even More Incredibly Bizarre Historical Coincidences

Scientifically speaking, coincidences aren’t that peculiar, as we live in a world full of so many random occurrences. They seem weird because our brains are wired to spot patterns to predict future outcomes – in space as well as time – even if those patterns don’t actually exist. As an example, in the early days, spotting the same mark on various trees in different locations may mean absolutely nothing, though it could also mean that a vicious predator is following you. According to our…

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Fascinating Relics from Ancient History

We all come in touch or are familiarized with religious relics from an early age, despite our different locales, religions, and belief systems, and the world’s religious relics do indeed form a major part of our shared human heritage. In fact, whenever we hear the word 'relic', the first items that come to mind are usually venerated physical remains or specific objects that can be associated with Christianity (thanks in large part to pop culture like the Indiana Jones movies, for example.)…

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Crazy Facts You Might Not Know About the Stuarts

All families, so it is said, have closeted skeletons, crazy uncles, less than savory in-laws, and ancestral behavior of questionable repute. Britain’s Stuarts, the dynasty which produced King James, Mary, Queen of Scots, and Bonnie Prince Charlie, were certainly no exception. A Royal House of Ireland and Scotland, and finally of Great Britain, their original name was Stewart, changed by the aforementioned Mary based on her long residence in France to Stuart. The French influence, and their…