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This Reason for the Veto is Practically Unheard of these Days

This Reason for the Veto is Practically Unheard of these Days

On this day in 1792, George Washington issued the first presidential veto in American history.

How a Man Can Tell if a Woman Loves Him, According to Sir Walter Raleigh

How a Man Can Tell if a Woman Loves Him, According to Sir Walter Raleigh

Raleigh cautioned his son to avoid choosing a wife solely on her physical merits, for marrying for beauty, he said, binds a man to that which “perchance will neither last nor please thee one year.”

How Did Ancient Humans Interpret Eclipses?

How Did Ancient Humans Interpret Eclipses?

On April 4, 2094 B.C. the world’s first recorded eclipse took place. And people freaked. 

What makes an American? (Part 2)

What makes an American? (Part 2)

If it’s the Constitution, we’re in trouble. 

Gandhi’s Warm Letter to Hitler

Gandhi’s Warm Letter to Hitler

 

It’s safe to say that Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi is one of the most revered figures of the twentieth century.

His method of patient, peaceful resistance to British colonial rule proved both wise and effective. He said many beautiful things, demonstrated powerful discipline, and was a deeply spiritual man.

Beverly Cleary on Why Today’s Kids Aren’t Free to Roam

Beverly Cleary on Why Today’s Kids Aren’t Free to Roam

The author of Ramona Quimby & Co. brings up a reason why free-range parenting might not work anymore.

The Shakespeare Forger Who Duped England

The Shakespeare Forger Who Duped England

On April Fools’ Day, a look back on one of the great deceptions in modern history. 

The Tarantino-like End of Richard the Lionheart

The Tarantino-like End of Richard the Lionheart

His fascinating and turbulent life included a bizarre and gruesome ending. 

5 Famous April Fools’ Jokes

5 Famous April Fools’ Jokes

Here are 5 of the best April Fools' jokes throughout history. 

This Mother Taught Her Children to Read at a 12th Grade Level in ONE Day!

This Mother Taught Her Children to Read at a 12th Grade Level in ONE Day!

Are we making reading harder than it really needs to be?

Why FDR was against Public Employee Unions

Why FDR was against Public Employee Unions

In the case Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, the Supreme Court announced a 4-4 vote on March 29, 2016. The tie was due to the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. For teachers unions around the country it was a great victory that would have likely not happened. FDR likely would have been disappointed.

Propaganda: Are Americans Being Taken In By It?

Propaganda: Are Americans Being Taken In By It?

They will be without the ability or tools to think through and analyze media messages.

Van Gogh’s Pain and Beauty

Van Gogh’s Pain and Beauty

On what would have been his 163rd birthday, a glimpse into the soul of the brilliant, tormented artist. ​

The Rosenberg Conviction – 65 Years Later (p.s. They Were Guilty)
Actor Jimmy Stewart Fought Bravely in WWII

Actor Jimmy Stewart Fought Bravely in WWII

Earlier this month marked the 75th anniversary of beloved actor Jimmy Stewart being drafted into military service for WWII.

8 Founding Father Quotes on Human Nature

8 Founding Father Quotes on Human Nature

A list of (sourced) quotes that reflect what America’s Founders thought about the nature of humanity.  

Reading Silently Used to be Considered WEIRD

Reading Silently Used to be Considered WEIRD

Nowadays, the norm when reading a book alone is to read it silently to oneself. Apparently, this practice was unusual in the ancient world.

Pius V vs. Francis: A Tale of Two Popes

Pius V vs. Francis: A Tale of Two Popes

Pope Francis called for ‘weapons of love’ in the wake of the ISIS attack on Brussels. If a previous Pope had made a similar call to arms, Christendom might not exist today.  

The Day the Praetorian Guard Went Batsh*t Crazy

The Day the Praetorian Guard Went Batsh*t Crazy

On March 28, 193 A.D., Rome’s elite bodyguard committed an atrocity that scarred the imperial throne.

Why it's so Easy to Relate to Pontius Pilate

Why it's so Easy to Relate to Pontius Pilate

Some of Pilate's actions and words were perfectly understandable. 

The Last Supper

The Last Supper

Here’s the story behind the painting.

The 'Maundy' Thursday Story

The 'Maundy' Thursday Story

Here’s what ‘Maundy’ means. And how it’s relevant.

Demolishing Myths About Communism

Demolishing Myths About Communism

There was a time when intellectuals in the West were enthralled with Communism and viewed Lenin and Stalin in heroic terms.

Handel’s ‘Messiah,’ and the Decline of Knowledge in the West

Handel’s ‘Messiah,’ and the Decline of Knowledge in the West

Despite its religious undertones, is the Messiah an important part of western tradition we all need to know?

11 Last Words of Famous People

11 Last Words of Famous People

It’s often said that you can tell a lot about a person’s life by the way they behave at their death.

The Barbarians are Behind the Walls

The Barbarians are Behind the Walls

The Brussels attacks reveal an open society isn't the problem. 

Ben Franklin’s 5 Tips for Making Americans Better Writers

Ben Franklin’s 5 Tips for Making Americans Better Writers

“It seems to me that there is scarce any Accomplishment more necessary to a Man of Sense, than that of Writing well in his Mother Tongue.”

Was Patrick Henry Illiterate?

Was Patrick Henry Illiterate?

On the anniversary of his ‘liberty or death’ speech, we ask a bizarre question: Was the famed American orator literate?

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