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History’s deadliest colors – J. V. Maranto

History’s deadliest colors – J. V. Maranto

In 1898, Marie and Pierre Curie discovered radium. Claimed to have restorative properties, radium was added to toothpaste, medicine, water, and food. A glowing, luminous green, it was also used in beauty products and jewelry. It wasn’t until the mid-20th century we realized that radium’s harmful effects as a radioactive element outweighed its visual benefits. …

A brief history of goths – Dan Adams

A brief history of goths – Dan Adams

What do fans of atmospheric post-punk music have in common with ancient barbarians? Not much. So why are both known as goths? Is it a weird coincidence or a deeper connection stretching across the centuries? The story begins in Ancient Rome. As the Roman Empire expanded, it faced raids and invasions from the semi-nomadic populations …

History vs. Richard Nixon – Alex Gendler

History vs. Richard Nixon – Alex Gendler

The presidency of the United States of America is often said to be one of the most powerful positions in the world. But of all the U.S. presidents accused of misusing that power, only one has left office as a result. Does Richard Nixon deserve to be remembered for more than the scandal that ended …

History vs. Napoleon Bonaparte – Alex Gendler

History vs. Napoleon Bonaparte – Alex Gendler

After the French Revolution erupted in 1789, Europe was thrown into chaos. Neighboring countries’ monarchs feared they would share the fate of Louis XVI, and attacked the New Republic, while at home, extremism and mistrust between factions lead to bloodshed. In the midst of all this conflict, a powerful figure emerged to take charge of …