Contrary to popular belief, it’s not to mark Mexican independence.
James Gillray's 'plumb-pudding' caricature is "probably the most famous political cartoon of all time."
We pretend as if economic sanctions are a peaceful way to coerce others into behaving. In reality, they are a potent tool of modern warfare.
For a long time, important events could only be visualized retroactively through paintings. Photography allowed us to capture history as — or sometimes even before — it happened.
Haters and disrespect aside, fruitcake is still a robust American tradition.
Privateers pillaged British merchant ships in the name of liberty — and profit.
Are we enslaved by the finer things in life?
To clear Scotland’s roads in winter, the local traffic agency employs heavy machinery with punny names. Can you grit and bear it?
The rock, found in the Sahara, likely comes from a long-lost baby protoplanet.
Birthrates are cyclical and have gone up and down throughout history.
The quadratic formula isn't just something that teachers use to torture algebra students. The Babylonians once used it to calculate taxes.
The U.S. has the world's largest debt in absolute terms, but Japan's is the largest when measured in terms of its debt-to-GDP ratio.
It's better to pursue moral actions instead of the ephemeral state of happiness, according to the philosopher Immanuel Kant.
Why you’ve probably never heard of Computer Space, which launched the video game industry 50 years ago
Computer Space lacked a critical ingredient that the other games possessed: gravity.
Waun Maun was an ancient Welsh stone circle that had an awful lot in common with Stonehenge.
All of these conflicts have a long history. They may also have a long future.
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