The discovery of Homo floresiensis turned our mythology upside down.

“I should like to leave the Shire, if I could — though there have been times when I thought the inhabitants too stupid and dull for words, and have felt that an earthquake or an invasion of dragons might be good for them,” mused Frodo Baggins in J.R.R. …

Advice given to a bellboy in 1922 on how to be happy in life.

Were you to ask three random people on the street what happiness was for them, you would likely get four different answers. For this concept is elusive, changing based on the person, circumstances, or even time of day. It’s something people strive for, yet often can’t quite reach.

If told…

He is 189 years old and still has an active sex life

It is 1832. In the United States, Andrew Jackson wins his re-election for a second consecutive term. Wildly popular, he defeats all his opponents in an electoral college landslide. For the first time ever, the different political parties choose their candidates in national conventions. Things in the US are starting…

An interesting, but ultimately sad history.

On the 12th of April, 1980 a band of 17 men stormed Liberia’s presidential palace. Despite being only low-ranking soldiers in the army, they decided to take matters into their own hands. Finding the president sleeping in his bed, they killed him on the spot. …

23000 year-old footprints revolutionize our understanding of American history.

Imagine a group of teenagers strolling barefoot along the beach of a shallow lake. Their feet leaving footprints in the soft sand. Lake Otero is a virtual paradise, home to a variety of wildlife. A normal day on a normal weekend in the 21st century?

No, the scene I am…

Americans regularly used to get captured and forced into slavery.

On the 25th of July, 1785, a ship called Maria of Boston was sailing a few kilometers southeast of Cape St. Vincent, off the coast of Portugal. On the way to the port of Cadiz in Spain, the ship was suddenly attacked by North African pirates. The entire crew was…

These structures are over 25 thousand years old.

In 1965, a farmer decided to expand his cellar in the Ukrainian village of Mezhyrich, then part of the Soviet Union. Digging two meters below the level of the ground, his tools struck something strange. Calling in local paleontologists to have a look, further poking around uncovered something remarkable. …

Peter Burns

A curious polymath who wants to know how everything works. Blog: Renaissance Man Journal (http://gainweightjournal.com/).

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