Happy Easter!

Advertisements Happy Easter to all those that celebrate it, and all those just here for the food! Since today is a holiday, I figured a short post about some fun historical Easter facts would be more than appropriate. So keep scrolling to find some interesting Easter facts to share around the dinner table. 1. Painting… Continue reading Happy Easter!

Peeps- A 70-Year History

Advertisements Peeps turn 70 this year, and to celebrate these little magic marshmallow treats, we’re going to take a look back at the history of these fun fluffy snacks! https://www.flickr.com/photos/tboard/5574498325/ Just Beginnings The history of Peeps begins with Sam Born, an immigrant to the United States from France. He was born in Russia as Samuel… Continue reading Peeps- A 70-Year History

The Turtle- The First Combat Submarine

Advertisements Submarines. When most people think of submarines in combat, they think of World War I or World War II. And to be fair, World War I was the first time that submarines were widely accepted in combat. That wasn’t the first time they were used in combat, however. People have been dreaming of submarines… Continue reading The Turtle- The First Combat Submarine

Resource of the Week-Theban Mapping Project

Sitting figure illustration from the kings tombs in Thebes by Giovanni Battista Belzoni (1778-1823) from Plates illustrative of the researches and operations in Egypt and Nubia (1820). Original from New York public library. Digitally enhanced by rawpixel. by New York Public Library is licensed under CC-CC0 1.0

Advertisements It may have taken a while, but I’m back for weekly updates on interesting websites and resources! There is just way too much history for me to cover here on Secretly Historic, so I like to give a shout-out to other people compiling history. This can range from a website, a social media page,… Continue reading Resource of the Week-Theban Mapping Project

Strange Inventions-Chicken Glasses

Advertisements A chicken wearing glasses. It almost sounds like a new meme, but this particular image goes back to 1903 and Andrew Jackson Jr., who was likely not related to the much more well-known President Andrew Jackson. Mr. Jackson, of Munich Tennessee, was the first to file a patent for chicken glasses, and his basic… Continue reading Strange Inventions-Chicken Glasses

Ben Franklins’ Glass Armonica

Glass Harmonica (glass harmonica; musical instrument) by E Pohl is licensed under CC-BY-NC-SA 4.0

Advertisements Benjamin Franklin was a man of many inventions. He invented the bifocal glasses, his famous wood-burning stove, is credited with the creation of the modern library and fire department, and many others. Most of his inventions were useful and welcomed by the public. All but one. The Glass Armonica The Glass Armonica is a… Continue reading Ben Franklins’ Glass Armonica

30,000-Year-Old Indigenous Art Destroyed by Vandals

Rocky Landscape with a Cave Chapel by Johann Martin von Rohoden (Flemish, 1778–1868) is licensed under CC-CC0 1.0

Advertisements In Southern Australia, trespassers forcibly entered the Koonalda Cave, and destroyed irreplaceable sacred images. According to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, the vandals dug under the gate. They etched the phrase “Don’t look now, but this is a death cave” into the soft limestone walls, destroying the indigenous art beneath. It’s believed that this may… Continue reading 30,000-Year-Old Indigenous Art Destroyed by Vandals

Atoms and Ashes: A Global History of Nuclear Disasters

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Advertisements I have a truly ridiculous amount of history books on my shelf that I haven’t managed to get around to reading yet. To be fair, I also have a ridiculous amount of books. I’m told this is a common affliction and that I don’t need to worry about it being serious. However, I want… Continue reading Atoms and Ashes: A Global History of Nuclear Disasters

Mansfield Bars

Advertisements Mansfield Bars are an incredible, yet simple safety device added to tractor-trailers. I can guarantee you’ve seen them. If you’ve seen a tractor-trailer, then you’ve seen one of the most important safety innovations made to trailers. So, what is a Mansfield Bar, and what exactly makes them historical? What is a Mansfield Bar? Attribution:… Continue reading Mansfield Bars

Horrifying History: The Birthing Spinner

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Advertisements Throughout history, there have been some inventions that are just plain horrifying. Some of these made it to production and were actually sold and used. Others, thankfully, never really saw the light of day. The “Birthing Spinner” is one that never went into production, and I’m sure that every woman will thank god for… Continue reading Horrifying History: The Birthing Spinner

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