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Total Eclipse Of The Sun…Be Safe!

August 20, 2017

Looking directly at the Sun is unsafe except during the brief total phase of a solar eclipse (“totality”), when the Moon entirely blocks the Sun’s bright face, which will happen only within the narrow path of totality. The only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed Sun is through special-purpose solar […]

It’s A Womans World In World War II

August 19, 2017

American women in World War II became involved in many tasks they rarely had before; as the war involved global conflict on an unprecedented scale, the absolute urgency of mobilizing the entire population made the expansion of the role of women inevitable. The hard skilled labor of women was symbolized in the United States by […]

Tomato Is Nightshade…..Really

August 18, 2017

The tomato is the edible, often red fruit/berry of the nightshade Solanum lycopersicum, commonly known as a tomato plant.  Some  nightshade are highly toxic, but many cultures eat nightshades, in some cases as staple foods.  The species originated in the South American Andes and its use as a food originated in Mexico, and spread throughout the […]

Were the first Klan members Democrats? Read on!

August 17, 2017

The first Klan was founded in 1865 in Pulaski, Tennessee, by six veterans of the Confederate Army. The name is probably derived from the Greek word kuklos (κύκλος) which means circle, suggesting a circle or band of brothers. Although there was little organizational structure above the local level, similar groups rose across the South and […]

To Shave Or Not To Shave

August 16, 2017

In the early decades of United States history, such public figures as politicians and businessmen often sported beards or mustaches. In an act of rebellion during the 1890s, British artist-illustrator Aubrey Beardsley (1872–1898), Irish poet William Butler Yeats (1865–1939), and Irish poet-playwright Oscar Wilde (1854–1900) shaved their faces. It was not until after World War […]

Watch The Eclipse With Your Own Homemade Camera

August 15, 2017

You don’t need fancy glasses or equipment to watch one of the sky’s most awesome shows: a solar eclipse. With just a few simple supplies, you can make a pinhole camera that lets you watch a solar eclipse safely and easily from anywhere. REMEMBER!!! You should never look at the sun directly without equipment that’s specifically […]

“Nunna daul Tsuny” “on the trail where they cried”

August 14, 2017

Feathers mean a lot to Native American Tribes.  A feather isn’t just something that falls out of a bird, it means much more.  The feather symbolizes trust, honor, strength, wisdom, power, freedom and many more things. To be given one of these is to be hand picked out of the rest of the men in the […]

What mental hospital was used as a tourist attraction?

August 12, 2017

The Bethlem Royal Hospital is a hospital for the treatment of mental illness. Founded in 1247, it’s still running today, so you can imagine it has a long and illustrious history. It’s Europe’s first and oldest institution to specialize in mental illness. A curious part of this history is that in the 1700s, the hospital […]

Mountain Of Silver…Where?

August 11, 2017

The name Argentina comes from the Latin word for silver, argentum. The area that would later become Argentina was rumored to be rich in silver. There was a legend among European colonialists that there was a mountain made of silver in Argentina. The world for silver in Spanish is plata. Argentina was referred to as the Viceroyalty of the Rio […]

Women Need More Sleep Than Men…Their Brains Work Harder

August 10, 2017

It turns out women need more sleep than men due to the complexities of their brain.Professor Jim Hornie from Loughborough University in England said: “For women, poor sleep is strongly associated with high levels of psychological distress and greater feelings of hostility, depression, and anger. These feelings were not associated with the same degree of […]

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