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History’s Badasses: Florence Nightingale

Last time on History’s Badasses, we covered a man named Simo Häyhä. He has been widely regarded by historians as one of the most successful snipers ever to…

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New Tablet Proves Babylonians Discovered Trigonometry, Not Greeks

For hundreds of years, schools have taught that the Greek mathematician, Euclid, is the father of geometry, and that Pythagoras was the man who…

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10 Facts About Leonardo da Vinci You Didn’t Learn in School

“[Leonardo da Vinci’s] mind and personality seem to us superhuman, while the man himself mysterious and remote.” – Art Historian Helen Gardner. Born in…

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Pueblo Rock Art Depicts a Total Solar Eclipse 900 Years Ago

This year’s eclipse was captured by millions of people with their smartphones and cameras. For a few minutes, it felt like the whole world…

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Were There Cannibals In Ancient Britain?

“There’s a lot more variability in human cultures, and cultural behavior, than we might think.” – Pat Shipman, anthropology professor at Penn State University.…

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How to Forge a Norman Spearhead

In AD 1066, a date widely regarded as one of the most important dates in all of world history, William the Conqueror invaded Saxon…

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Louise of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, the Beloved Prussian Queen

Duchess Louise of Mecklenburg-Strelitz was married to King Frederick William III of Prussia, making her the Queen Consort, from 1797-1810. In 1807, Louise met…

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Who Was Computer Programmer Grace Hopper?

Grace Brewster Murray Hopper was a United States Navy rear admiral and a computer scientist who was one of the Harvard Mark I’s first…

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The Successful Entrepreneur Madam C.J. Walker

Madam C.J. Walker, “the world’s most successful female entrepreneur of her time,”, was an African American entrepreneur, business owner, philanthropist, and activist. She developed…

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Founding Father John Jay

Founding Father John Jay was a patriot and diplomat along with one of the signers of the Treaty of Paris. Along with that, he…

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