Earth has experienced at least five Ice Ages: the Huronian, the Cryogenian, the Andean-Saharan, the Karoo, and the Quaternary. The latest of these is the Quaternary Ice Age, which began 2.6 million years ago and is still ongoing. That might sound off given that the popular conception of an ice age is of a world blanketed in snow and roaming with wooly mammoths, but the scientific definition only requires that a substantial ice sheet be present on the Earth’s surface, and Antarctica fits the bill. While their causes vary, ice ages are typified by periods of sustained global cooling and glacial expansion. Going by this, the Little Ice Age qualifies, though it is also an ice age within an ice age, making it a sort of matryoshka doll climate event. The Little Ice Age is not the only lesser ice age, though it is the best known as it occurred the most recently and within recorded history. After having touched on similarities, our next logical step is to examine what makes the Little Ice Age different.
Scientific discoveries reach the general public through schooling and news stories, though occasionally this kind of information gets filtered through the lens of pop culture. When it comes to dinosaurs, Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park is a prime example of this. Insights and ideas gleaned from science can inform new and creative plot elements or action set pieces, though the same is true of scientific distortions and misunderstandings. Rather than nitpicking elements of a single film, this article will briefly highlight the areas in which our understanding of dinosaurs has evolved over the past few decades.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has several branches and initiatives aimed at promoting the subjects in its name across the globe. One of these is the World Heritage Committee which, among other things, decides what locations are worth preserving for various reasons. These reasons are grouped together in a list of ten selection criteria, each denoted by a Roman numeral. To explain the Committee’s selection criteria and World Heritage sites more broadly let us go through this list and examine an illustrative example for every criterion.
The earliest recorded instance of heeled shoes comes from tenth century Persia. Mounted soldiers wore shoes with heels to make it easier to keep their feet in their stirrups, as the heels would catch the back of the stirrup’s tread and stop their feet from sliding in and out. This same use can be seen to this day with cowboys and other jobs that involve riding horses. During this period heels went from being a masculine sign of strength and wealth to a non-gendered court fashion to a feminine fashion statement.
Every wondered what was the history of and use of Mummies? Look no further: Educational article on the use of mummies as medicine, the unique mummy business and sales throughout history.
For all its complexities, and thanks in part to them, English is a highly versatile language. Several other languages have government affiliated academies that dictate their proper usage, voting on things like the addition of new words. No such body exists for English, making its development less top-down and more of a dialogue between those at the top and the general masses. One area where this can easily be seen is with loanwords.
One way of looking at history is in terms of progress. Many historians and fans of the subject laud Rome for its advances in military organization, infrastructure, and civics. Similar adulation is often heaped upon the Renaissance for the strides made in philosophy, arts, and sciences during that period, which in turn set the stage for the Age of Enlightenment. But what of the time between shining antiquity and the rekindling that was the Renaissance? lternately called the Dark Ages, the Middle Ages, and the Medieval Ages, the time period from roughly the 5th century to the 15th century is usually framed in the West as its own era of history.
Fun Facts and Greek Mythology about Hermes the Messenger of Greek Gods and God of the Wind. In this lesson, we learn all about our speedy cute Greek god Hermes.
Shorthand is the use of abbreviated spellings and or simplified symbols to record information in a quicker, more compact form. The opposite of this is longhand, which generally uses either block lettering or a cursive script. While it takes longer to fully write something out in longhand, all or most of those fluent in a given language will understand what is written down, as opposed to shorthand, which requires special training. In light of modern recording and word processing technologies, the decline in shorthand’s use seems inevitable, with newer inventions allowing those who only known longhand to reap the benefits of shorthand. And yet several shorthand systems thrive in a few niche industries. To fully appreciate shorthand and its resilience, one must go back to its origins.
The Founding Fathers of America are often spoken about in history books. They are credited with many of the occurrences in said books. However, there are people that are commonly passed over, but have made a huge impact on history. One of these women was Elizabeth ‘Eliza’ Schuyler Hamilton, the widow of the first Secretary of Treasury, Alexander Hamilton, and the 2nd daughter of Philip Schuyler, a New York senator.
Learn more about the history of of Elizabeth Hamilton!
On April 10th, 2019, astronomers made a historical discovery within the enshrouded area: they captured the first picture of a supermassive black hole. Learn more about black holes with us!
What was the deadliest maritime disaster? The Titanic seems like the most obvious answer. However, a little over thirty years after the Titanic tragedy, a 25,000 ton ship sunk in the Baltic Sea, taking almost 9,000 people down with it. This ship was the Wilhelm Gustloff.
Mental illness has long remained a topic that many seem to be clueless about and one that has been stigmatized and stereotyped.
Learn about the truth about mental illness, the history of its treatment, and how we can help break the taboo about mental illness and promote mental health for ourselves and others.
Did our first US President George Washington’s fears about American politics come true? We wonder…Let’s learn more about the history of America’s political and party realignment between Democrats and Republicans.
What was navigation like in the past? How did people get from one place to another? Here, we learn a brief history of navigational tools, including the history of terrestrial and celestial navigation tools.
What was the true story and history of Pocahontas? Many people have seen the famous Disney movie about Pocahontas a Native American princess and Captain John Smith, but to what extent was it true? In this lesson, we straighten out the facts from the myths to share you the true story and history behind Pocahontas.
Architecture is a form of art. One major form of architecture is Brutalist architecture that arose in the beginnings of WWII. In this lesson, we learn about symbolism in architecture and Brutalism’s origins, history, and impact.
Staple crops are foods that shape the dietary foundations of one or more regions. Rice, wheat, and corn provide over half of the world population’s caloric intake. In this lesson, we learn about the history of wheat and its global impact.
Manifest Destiny in US History: During the 19th century, the term Manifest Destiny was coined – a belief that America was readily destined to expand its territory across the continent. In this lesson, we explain important events and people that influenced Manifest Destiny, including Mountain Men, Lewis and Clark, Mormons, and the Gold Rush.
What does the mule symbolize in Their Eyes Were Watching God? In this lesson, we analyze the mule symbol, its relationship to Janie and Jody, and the overall themes of Their Eyes Were Watching God.
What is the relationship between Amendment 18 and Amendment 21 in the United States History? In this lesson, we learn about the summaries of Amendment 18 and Amendment 21, their significance, and relationship between the 2 amendments in American history.
History biography summary of Anton Van Leeuwenhoek and Robert Hooke, including their discoveries, cell theory as Fathers of Microbiology