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How did the Elephant get its Trunk?

How did the Elephant get its Trunk?

It took millennia to find out. ‘In the High and Far off Times, the Elephant … had no trunk,’ wrote Rudyard Kipling. ‘He had just a blackish, bulgy nose, as big as a boot, that he could wriggle about from side to side.’ But there 

The Plague in Ancient Athens: A Cautionary Tale for America

The Plague in Ancient Athens: A Cautionary Tale for America

The Plague of Athens depicted in Plague in an Ancient City, Michiel Sweerts, c. 1652–1654 Twenty-four hundred fifty years ago the ancient Greek city-state of Athens—Western civilization’s first democracy and one of the political systems our founding fathers studied—came under great stress. In 430 BCE, in 

Back to the Stone Age: key milestones in Paleolithic life

Back to the Stone Age: key milestones in Paleolithic life

Life — and Death — in the Stone Age The Stone Age may not have been “The Flintstones,” but there were definitely caveman qualities to it. There were absolutely no modern conveniences — like electricity, written words, modern medicine, or the internet, to take just 

Why was Stonehenge built?

Why was Stonehenge built?

Your guess is as good as anyone’s. (Image: © Peter Adams) Stonehenge is perhaps the most famous of all the henges, vast circular monuments constructed from wood or stone that litter the British countryside. The prehistoric monument was most likely erected in what is now 

How Christmas Was Celebrated in the 13 Colonies

How Christmas Was Celebrated in the 13 Colonies

In colonial America, some settlers imported Christmas traditions from Europe, while others rejected the holiday due to its pagan roots. While most Americans today probably can’t imagine the Christmas season without Santa Claus, Christmas trees, hanging stockings, and giving gifts, most of those traditions didn’t 

7 Things You May Not Know About Freemasons

7 Things You May Not Know About Freemasons

Freemason secrets allegedly lurk behind everything from the planning of our nation’s capital to murder. Members of the enigmatic Masonic brotherhood include prominent politicians, Founding Fathers, and titans of business. In modern times, Masons are known for donating millions to charity. But who are the 

When the Supreme Court Ruled a Vaccine Could Be Mandatory

When the Supreme Court Ruled a Vaccine Could Be Mandatory

A 1905 decision provided a powerful and controversial precedent for the flexing of a government authority. In 1901 a deadly smallpox epidemic tore through the Northeast, prompting the Boston and Cambridge boards of health to order the vaccination of all residents. But some refused to 

Raids in Israel uncover ‘gargantuan’ trove of stolen artifacts

Raids in Israel uncover ‘gargantuan’ trove of stolen artifacts

The archaeological artifacts come from as far away as South America. Authorities in Israel have recovered a trove of stolen archaeological artifacts from sites in ancient Israel, and across the Mediterranean, the Middle East, Africa, and even South America. The finds range from gold coins