History

As societies evolved, so did our courts of law. The courts were used to set a line between right and wrong, and when people crossed that line, they were prosecuted and punished according to the law.  (Image:  wikimedia  /  CC0 1.0)

Did We Really Once Have Trials for Animals?

When animals attack, there is no formal prosecution, no court, or even a defense attorney appointed. However, this was not always the case. During the Middle Ages, animals were charged with crimes (usually murder), and were brought to court. They…

A small foot in China was no different to a tiny waist in Victorian England, representing the height of female refinement.

The History of Foot Binding in China

Imagine massaging your 3-year-old daughter’s feet, then you grab her little toes and curl them under her foot, then you press with excessive force downward and squeeze them into the sole of the foot until her toes break. There is…

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How a Pig Came to Defeat an Elephant

We know that animals such as horses, elephants, cats, dogs, monkeys, and even rhinos have been used in ancient and modern warfare. But who would have thought that pigs (war…

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Did We Really Once Have Trials for Animals?

When animals attack, there is no formal prosecution, no court, or even a defense attorney appointed. However, this was not always the case. During the Middle Ages, animals were charged…

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Is Ramses the Great Fake News? Looks Like It

New archaeological evidence indicates that Pharaoh Ramses II may not have been the Ramses the Great we all thought he was. The archaeological evidence is from an Egyptian excavation 200…

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The History of Foot Binding in China

Imagine massaging your 3-year-old daughter’s feet, then you grab her little toes and curl them under her foot, then you press with excessive force downward and squeeze them into the…

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The Terracotta Warriors

In 1974, when a group of farmers were digging a well in Xi’an, Shaanxi Province in the northwest of China, little did they know that they were about to unearth…

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The Great Chinese Historian Sima Qian

Legacy of the book Shiji has a deep impact, with passion for his country and a determination to fulfill his mission to keep an accurate record of history. Sima Qian…

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Discoveries From China’s Bronze Age

One of the greatest discoveries from China’s Bronze Age occurred in 1939 when a bronzeware piece from the Shang Dynasty, dated to be more than 3,000 years old, was found in Anyang…

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The Mystery of the 19th Century Exploding Teeth

During the 19th century, following months of agonizing toothaches, certain patient’s teeth would explode inside their mouth, completely shattering them with the sound similar to a gunshot. One woman reported…