Article, History

Lesser-Known Weapons of World War II

Jill Harness

How the Indianapolis Neighborhood Venerable Flackville Got Its Name

Matt Soniak

Who put the Flack in Flackville? That would be brick manufacturer Mr. Joseph F. Flack.

The Bizarre History of White House Pets

Ethan Trex

There's a new Portuguese water dog roaming the White House grounds. Now that Sunny has joined Bo, let's look back at some of our favorite White House pets.

80 Years of Drive-in Theaters

Bryan Dugan

The outdoor movie theater, born in 1933 in Pennsauken, N.J., turned 80 on June 6.

The Lethal Soviet “Night Witches” of the 588th Night Bomber Unit

Maureen Monahan

Wonderful and Weird Vintage Ads From Russia

Jill Harness

There's something comforting and familiar about old American advertising. But vintage ads from other countries aren't always so predictable. Especially those from Russia.

Squirt Guns Predate the Civil War

Mark Mancini

Summer's here, and for many of us that means the season of squirt guns and Super Soakers is upon us.

The Bad Quartos: What Shakespeare Could’ve Been

Chris Stokel-Walker

Just as today pirates walk into cinemas around the world and record movies from the screen to sell as knock-off DVDs before a major release, so back in the 1600s unscrupulous businessmen would walk in

Why Our Calendars Skipped 11 Days in 1752

Chris Stokel-Walker

Six and a half million Britons went to bed on September 2, 1752, and woke up on September 14. The reason? The Calendar (New Style) Act of 1750, of course.

When John Adams Predicted the Wrong Independence Day

Erik van Rheenen

When John Adams penned a letter to future First Lady Abigail Adams on July 3, 1776, he guessed how future generations of Americans would celebrate Independence Day with remarkable accuracy.

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