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The history of tea – Shunan Teng

The history of tea – Shunan Teng

During a long day spent roaming the forest in search of edible grains and herbs, the weary divine farmer Shennong accidentally poisoned himself 72 times. But before the poisons could end his life, a leaf drifted into his mouth. He chewed on it and it revived him, and that is how we discovered tea. Or …

History vs. Christopher Columbus – Alex Gendler

History vs. Christopher Columbus – Alex Gendler

Many people in the United States and Latin America have grown up celebrating the anniversary of Christopher Columbus’s voyage, but was he an intrepid explorer who brought two worlds together or a ruthless exploiter who brought colonialism and slavery? And did he even discover America at all? It’s time to put Columbus on the stand …

History vs. Vladimir Lenin – Alex Gendler

History vs. Vladimir Lenin – Alex Gendler

He was one of the most influential figures of the 20th century, forever changing the course of one of the world’s largest countries. But was he a hero who toppled an oppressive tyranny or a villain who replaced it with another? It’s time to put Lenin on the stand in History vs. Lenin. “Order, order, …

History vs. Cleopatra – Alex Gendler

History vs. Cleopatra – Alex Gendler

“Order, order. So who do we have here?” “Your Honor, this is Cleopatra, the Egyptian queen whose lurid affairs destroyed two of Rome’s finest generals and brought the end of the Republic.” “Your Honor, this is Cleopatra, one of the most powerful women in history whose reign brought Egypt nearly 22 years of stability and …

Hinduism 101: Religions in Global History

Hinduism 101: Religions in Global History

(NOT) HIP-HUGHES PRESENTS HINDUISM 101 (A WORLD HISTORY PRODUCTION) Hey guys welcome to (NOT) Hip Hughs (whatever his name is…). We’re doing world history edition. That’s right guys this time it’s a major world religion (why do we do this.) That’s Gonna be on the exam [you] need to know it and that’s hinduism a …

History vs. Andrew Jackson – James Fester

History vs. Andrew Jackson – James Fester

A national hero? Or public enemy number one? Historical figures are often controversial, but few were as deified or vilified in their lifetime as the seventh President of the United States. This is History vs. Andrew Jackson. “Order, order, hm, uh, what were we…ah yes, Mr. Jackson! You stand accused of degrading the office of …

How X-rays see through your skin – Ge Wang

How X-rays see through your skin – Ge Wang

In 1895, a physicist named Wilhelm Roentgen was doing experiments with a cathode tube, a glass container in which a beam of electrons lights up a fluorescent window. He had wrapped cardboard around the tube to keep the fluorescent light from escaping, when something peculiar happened. Another screen outside the tube was glowing. In other …