Having lived 99 long years, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, died on the 9th of April 2021.
Offbeat marks of affection, manifestations of British humor, or frankly inappropriate or even stupid remarks: Prince Philip has never ceased to feed a repertoire of blunders which the media reveled in, to the point of publishing a “best of” on each of his birthdays.
Holder of hundreds of honorary titles — such as Knight of the Order of the Elephant in Denmark or the Necklace of the Order of the Aztec Eagle in Mexico -, the Duke of Edinburgh could also have been…
I will not doubt your intelligence by retelling you the story of this tragic crossing for the umpteenth time. You saw the movie.
On the other hand, let us go over what you probably do not know; all these little-known stories, these astonishing anecdotes, and these disturbing coincidences that lie behind the incredible story of the Titanic.
Masabumi Hosono was the only Japanese aboard the Titanic, and he didn’t hesitate to jump into one of the last lifeboats.
Back in Japan, the man lost his job and was described as a coward by the press. His country considered his attitude…
Whether we’d like to admit it or not, governments, in general, are some of the shadiest organizations out there. The bigger and more powerful the country, the more likely it is to sit on a massive pile of shocking secrets. Such is the United States case, which perhaps has the most significant number of conspiracy theories drafted in its honor.
Prior to their declassification, most of the examples we’re gonna visit in these pieces have been considered conspiracy theories. This should not, in any case, be used to verify the legitimacy of current theories.
The entire MK ULTRA program officially…
Remember actor Jake Lloyd who played Anakin Skywalker as a child in Star Wars, The Phantom Menace? The release of this movie was a real ordeal for him. The child actor suffered from media pressure and various mockeries at such a young age.
When the movie was released in 1999, Lloyd was only 10 years old. He was previously totally unknown to the public and therefore became famous overnight. But this sudden and immense notoriety did not really benefit him. In his own words, he lived “hell” after the release of The Phantom Menace.
The return back to normal life…
Call me weird, but I love exploring weird historical facts that make it seem like our ancestors were all living in one severely high-budget haunted house. In fact, when we view the past through our modern sensibilities, it is quite, to put it nicely, “freaky deeky.”
All of this is to say that the items present in this list were pretty normal in their time, and used constantly by normal people. It is actually the passage of time that has made these things seem creepy to us modern humans.
The Mahatma’s simple way of life is now firmly anchored in India’s collective imagination and the rest of the world. It was, however, a supreme political hoax.
His alleged poverty was just a myth, the result of a great communication campaign. One remembers, by the way, the famous remark of one of his assistants, Sarojini Naidu: “It takes a lot of money to keep Gandhi in poverty.”
Having become the Egyptian’s ally for its ability to hunt rats, mice, birds, and other invaders such as snakes, for that matter, the cat was domesticated for the first time in this region of the world.
Cats quickly became divine creatures, and there are still many icons and texts from this period attesting to the place it occupied in Egypt more than 2,000 years BC.
The consideration given to the cat in ancient Egypt was very different from that given to most other animals.
More than faithful companions, cats were the protectors and even divine incarnations. Whether rich or poor…
With their modern army and reputation for unparalleled ferocity, the Assyrians were one of the most feared peoples of ancient times. They built an empire that ruled all of Mesopotamia and beyond for centuries.
The Assyrians are best known for establishing their vast Empire between the 10th and 7th centuries B.C. However, we remain less familiar with earlier periods and thus cannot, with certainty, determine the importance of the Assyrians before the establishment of their Empire.
We know that the Assyrians already existed around 2000 B.C. They only reigned over a small city called “Assur” in present-day Iraq.
Guantanamo’s story is quite complex and a source of much tension between Cuba and its neighbor to the north, the United States.
Guantanamo Bay’s Naval Base history started following the Spanish-American war of 1898; the Cubans began an armed struggle against Spain to obtain their independence. The Americans primarily helped them.
The aftermath of this independence war was Spain ceding Cuba to the United States and the USA establishing the United States Military Government in Havana in 1901.
In 1903, this same government was authorized a perpetual rental of an area of 117km2 (a little more than Paris). The contract…
Faced with the “hardening of the proprietary order” that we witnessed in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, society’s view of theft will fundamentally change. In particular, this will be the end of all kinds of customary practices: gleaning, scavenging, picking up, pilfering, so many tolerated practices that will soon become a thing of the past.
To understand the story of theft, we must first set the context. This rich investigation — necessarily eclectic — delves into the last two centuries to understand theft as a social phenomenon.
In the middle of the 19th century, an estimated 10,000 ragpickers in Paris…
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