Category: Modern History

The Coqui: One’s National Treasure is another’s National Menace

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In 2012, on our Hawaiian honeymoon my wife and I had just finished an incredible tour of the volcanos on the Big Island.  We arrived at the airport in Hilo and as we were getting our things together I heard

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There is no J St.

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Washington D.C., for all its terrible traffic, was a planned city. The core of the city was put on a grid. Number streets going North-South, with letter streets going East to West, and just for fun, Diagonal Streets named after

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​Latin is NOT a dead language!

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Latin is a dead language As dead as it can be It killed all the Romans And now it’s killing me All are dead who wrote it All are dead who spoke it All die who learn it Blessed death

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A Key With no Door…but Today Opens a lot More

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When visiting Paris, visitors want to take in the great sites of the city. Even if they do not know much about the City of Light, they will know, by reputation, a handful of sites: The Eiffel Tower, The Louvre,

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The Pomp and Circumstance of Auld Lang Syne

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Lately I have been thinking about songs that are played on singular days and for singular occasions. The two that sort of bubbled to the surface in my mind are “The Graduation Song,” more properly known as “Pomp and Circumstance,”

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Coffee Over Tea in the United States

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It seems odd on that surface that in the United States, with its cultural roots in England, coffee is preferred over tea.  This was not always the case, and perhaps is also no longer as distinctly the case as it

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For the Love of Dog

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I was interested in the idea of “universal values” and began looking at examples around the world that show this special connection.  One thing that to me seems fairly universal is the special bond formed between humans and dogs. I

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It is Now Time to “Pull out all the Stops!”- The Cool Story Behind a Common Phrase.

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When we say we are going to “pull out all the stops,” we are saying we are going to go to the greatest degree we can to make the thing we are doing the most impressive we can make it.

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Historian mini-rant: NAPOLEON DID NOT HAVE A NAPOLEON COMPLEX!

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I was reading a respected news site today and they had an article talking about a correlation between height and heart disease. The article’s headline was “Short People More Prone to Heart Disease” The image that accompanied the article was

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April Fools’ Day! Why?

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Where did April Fools’ Day come from? In a previous post I spoke about how January was added to the calendar because of the Romans, and how the new year moved from March (coinciding with the coming of spring) to

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