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Did The Past Really Happen?

Did The Past Really Happen?

Hey, Vsauce. Michael here. The dog that played Toto in The Wizard of Oz was credited as Toto, but in reality the dog’s name was Terry. And when Terry died in 1945 her owner and trainer Carl Spitz buried her on his ranch in Los Angeles. But in 1958 the Ventura Highway was constructed right …

Why Does the ❤️ Heart Symbol ❤️ Look That Way?

Why does the heart symbol look like this if the human heart actually looks like this? And why do we believe that the heart is the epicenter of love? Whether they’re filled with chocolate and love notes, punctuating your text messages, or popping out of cartoon characters’ bulging eyes, hearts are pretty much everywhere… Or …

History of Athens – Part 1

History of Athens – Part 1

with the spreading of civilization from the faraway lands of Mesopotamia the idea of the city slowly crept its way into mainland Greece with several cities such as Mycenae and Sparta being founded one of these new urban settlements occupied a small but fair secure region in mainland Greece this growing city drew the attention …

The myth of Pandora’s box – Iseult Gillespie

The myth of Pandora’s box – Iseult Gillespie

Curiosity: a blessing, or a curse? The paradoxical nature of this trait was personified for the ancient Greeks in the mythical figure of Pandora. According to legend, she was the first mortal woman, whose blazing curiosity set a chain of earth-shattering events in motion. Pandora was breathed into being by Hephaestus, God of fire, who …

The Queen of Lesbos – Poetess Sappho l THE HISTORY OF SEX

The Queen of Lesbos – Poetess Sappho l THE HISTORY OF SEX

Iridescent-throned Aphrodite, deathless Child of Zeus, wile-weaver, I now implore you: Don’t–I beg you, Lady–with pains and torments Crush down my spirit! The Greek poetess Sappho was a passionate soul, and nobody worshipped women as much as she. And that’s why her life and work have been discussed for centuries —with particular attention paid to …

Darius I and The Greatest Lie in History

Darius I and The Greatest Lie in History

Assassination, conspiracy and cover-ups – what more could we want in a story about Imperial succession? The First Persian Empire was one of the greatest that ever existed. An expertly organised economy, a relatively tolerant and lenient provincial system, along with other groundbreaking advances in human civilisation, was combined with some of the most scandalous …