The moment when the world ended

STORM GIFFORD IN THE NY DAILY NEWS: Paleontologists in North Dakota has uncovered an incredible stash of fossils that was formed instantaneously after an asteroid struck Earth nearly 66 million years ago. Excavations revealed in amazing detail fossils of fish and other animals unable to escape the glassy fragments that plummeted from the sky caused … Read moreThe moment when the world ended

When Ancient Societies Hit a Million People, Vengeful Gods Appeared The scientists analyzed the…

When Ancient Societies Hit a Million People, Vengeful Gods Appeared The scientists analyzed the relationship between social complexity and moralizing gods in 414 societies spanning the past 10,000 years from 30 regions across the globe. Researchers examined 51 measures of social complexity, such as the size of the largest settlement and the presence of a … Read moreWhen Ancient Societies Hit a Million People, Vengeful Gods Appeared The scientists analyzed the…

After the Salem Witch Trials, There Was the New England Vampire Panic

After the Salem Witch Trials, There Was the New England Vampire Panic: On March 17, 1892, a group of local men dug up the three deceased members of the Brown family in search of a sign that one of them was rising from the grave at night to suck the energy from the living. After … Read moreAfter the Salem Witch Trials, There Was the New England Vampire Panic

JULY 2: The real holiday?

Most are off on Wednesday for the Fourth of July…BUT. Only two Founding Fathers signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776..The Second Continental Congress met on July 2nd to formally approve the new nation’s independence. The Congress approved the Declaration of Independence two days later, on the 4th of July. John Adams thought … Read moreJULY 2: The real holiday?

Barbie Girl will have a whole new meaning

THE NOT-SO-KNOWN HISTORY OF BARBIE The proto-Barbie was just shy of a foot tall, with bulging breasts and a platinum-blonde ponytail, made up for a night on the town with red puckered lips and blue eye shadow. Although Barbie’s curvy proportions are modeled after Lilli’s, the German doll’s heavy makeup and suggestively arched eyebrows didn’t … Read moreBarbie Girl will have a whole new meaning

The old fashioned war on Christmas revisited

All Christmas activities, including dancing, seasonal plays, games, singing carols, cheerful celebration and especially drinking were banned by the Puritan-dominated Parliament of England in 1644, with the Puritans of New England following suit. Christmas was outlawed in Boston, and the Plymouth colony made celebrating Christmas a criminal offense, according to “Once Upon a Gospel”The Puritans … Read moreThe old fashioned war on Christmas revisited

Sort of a strange little photo making its way around the…

Sort of a strange little photo making its way around the internet..  The painting is called Mr. Pynchon and the Settling of Springfield Mr Pynchon was a successful fur trader who founded Springfield, Massachusetts.. The painting is from 1937.. Most historians say the mystery object is a mirror – used widely in the 17th century But … Read moreSort of a strange little photo making its way around the…