Monday, December 11, 2023

In the Last Days of Sail: From Clippers to Steamships

The result took the clippers slicing through the oceans on runs that were, for their time, astounding and consequently newsworthy. In 1845, when the...

Piracy, a Daunting Feature of Life at Sea Since Early Times

In the sentimental glow of hindsight, pirates have typified freedom, romance and adventure. Suffering their depredations was a totally different matter. In the 7th and...

Who Discovered Australia?: Did The Dutch or Portuguese Arrive in Australia First?

The British explorer Captain James Cook is often mentioned as the person who discovered Australia. But this is not correct. Although Captain James Cook discovered...

The Origins of the Broken Mirror Myth: The Superstition Revealed

Why do many believe that breaking a mirror gives a person seven years bad luck? The myths regarding mirrors have been around since the ancient...

The Steam Engine: A Revolutionary Power Source

Although various steam motion devices had been known since the time of Hero of Alexandria. This new invention would replace horses with horsepower. When James...

The Origins of Thumbs Up or Down: Life or Death

Thumbs up in some cultures is a sign of approval, while in others, it is a sign of disrespect. Where did it come from? The...

The TIGHAR Project – What Really Happened to Amelia Earhart?

TIGHAR (pronounced “tiger”) is the acronym for The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery. It is a non- profit foundation whose activities include all...

Sacred Wind in History and Mythology

Wind is not only a mysterious condition of weather, but an important spiritual element to civilizations, past and present. Wind is a natural force, defined...

An Overview of Syrup in America: A History of Karo, Maple, and Other Syrups

But the origins of its first use and discovery remain unclear, though it is pretty much agreed upon that sucrose solutions have been around...

The World of Pirates

For decades and even centuries, the human race has been interested in pirates, they are portrayed in movies, in books, and children pretend play...