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Hey there, my name is Grant Piper, a freelance writer, researcher and content creator. I am married to my beautiful wife and work diligently from my small farm in the southern United States. I graduated from the University of Florida…
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15 hours ago
I Wish I Had The Buyouts that NCAA Coaches Get (And You Will Too)
Getting fired has never felt so good
Dan Mullen, former coach of the Florida Gators (Public domain)
It is Saturday in autumn. Rivalry week no less. That means college football games will be kicking off shortly. The pageantry, the competition, the tradition. The money!
The chance for once great coaches to be buried in piles of money for being awful at their jobs.
Last week, Dan Mullen…
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1 day ago
Here’s How Big The Largest Mountain In The Solar System Actually Is
Hint: really, really big
Olympus Mons from orbit (Public domain / NASA)
Olympus Mons is the largest mountain in the solar system, and it is not even close. Not only is the Martian mountain the tallest peak ever discovered by humans but the mountain is also the largest in terms of volume and area as well. Olympus Mons is really, really big.
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Published in Exploring History
·2 days ago
The True Story of the “First” Thanksgiving
A brief early history of the autumn holiday
Thanksgiving at Plymouth (Public domain)
Every year, Americans celebrate Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday of November. Much is made about pilgrims, Native Americans, family, and food. Many people cite the “first Thanksgiving” as inspiration for the holiday. The problem is, the so-called First Thanksgiving is a sham. …
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3 days ago
This Little Known Moon Has One Of The Oddest Features In The Solar System
Scientists still don’t know how it formed
Iapetus (Public domain / NASA)
Orbiting in the darkness of the solar system is a moon known as Iapetus. It is not a name that many people are familiar with. Iapetus is the third largest moon in orbit around Saturn and the eleventh largest moon in the system. …
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Published in History of Yesterday
·3 days ago
The Twisted Tale of Modern Child Mutilating Witch Doctors
A medieval-sounding practice ported to the modern age
(Credit: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Public Health Image Library)
Over a decade ago, a boy was found lying in a bush barely alive. His head, neck and back had been struck by a machete and one of his testicles had been removed. The boy was attacked while walking home from school but, miraculously, survived. …
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Published in War Stories
·3 days ago
It Only Took Nazi Germany 36 Hours To Commit A War Crime
The first British ship sank in WW2
SS Athenia (Public domain)
On the eve of World War II the British liner SS Athenia was being loaded with nearly a thousand passengers heading for Canada. Despite the warnings that war was imminent, the ship continued to be loaded with an all civilian manifest and crew. …
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Published in Exploring History
·4 days ago
The Siege That Defined 16th Century Europe
“Nothing Is Better Known Than The Siege of Malta”
(Public domain / CC BY 3.0)
The 16th century saw a sustained effort by the Ottoman Empire to drive Christians out of key positions in the Mediterranian. These island campaigns were a part of a broad strategy to shore up Ottoman hegemony over the region. …
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5 days ago
How 1950s Las Vegas Became a Nuclear Tourism Hot Spot
Shows, gambling, neon lights, and nuclear mushroom clouds
Small Boy nuclear test, 1962 (Public domain)
The Nevada Test Site (NTS) lies just sixty-five miles from Las Vegas. Despite the close proximity to a growing population center, the United States detonated hundreds of atomic devices at the NTS. The nuclear tests were so prevalent that they were visible from Las Vegas in the 1950s. …
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6 days ago
This Man’s Unpopularity Led to the Death of Hundreds of Thousands
Do not discount the ability for bad leadership to ruin lives
The Siege and Destruction of Jerusalem, by David Roberts (Public domain)
History is littered with thousands of unpopular leaders but few are so unbearable that their very existence leads to the death of multitudes. Many of the most recognizable leaders in history are kings, generals, emperors and presidents — and rightfully so. Unfortunately, for one Gessius Florus, he makes the history…
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