Mao Zedong was one of history’s most devastating dictators. His leadership is often ignominiously credited with leading to more non-combatant deaths than any other in history. While estimates vary, between thirty and eighty million deaths are attributed to Mao’s whims. The sheer scale of Chairman Mao’s outright barbarity is poorly understood by many even today. An example of his bloodlust can be seen in the … Continue reading Chairman Mao: The twentieth century’s deadliest dictator
Mickey Mouse is arguably the most famous cartoon character on earth. One survey even showed the iconic personality to edge out Santa Claus in recognition among children. In political and animation circles, it is often remarked that Mickey Mouse will fall into the public domain in 2024 if copyright term lengths are not extended before then. If Mickey’s copyright expires, this would allow the public … Continue reading Is Mickey Mouse in the public domain?
The slur against the English should have been a compliment. Continue reading Why are the Brits called ‘limeys’?
Only three American cities have held the summer games since the start of the modern Olympics in 1896. Continue reading Which U.S. cities have hosted the summer Olympics?
Although George Washington’s 1781 victory at Yorktown pushed the British into peace talks, hostilities did not end there, with the final showdown taking place over 8,000 miles from Virginia. Continue reading The last battle of the American Revolution wasn’t in America
Most of New Orleans’ iconic architecture was built by another colonial power. Continue reading The French Quarter isn’t French
There could have been more behind the buccaneer accessory than a missing eye. Continue reading Why did pirates wear eye patches?
Today marks the 500th anniversary of the death of Ferdinand Magellan, who died in battle before he could complete the world’s first circumnavigation. Continue reading Magellan never sailed around the world
The top spot wasn’t claimed by Elvis Presley or Michael Jackson. Continue reading Who is the best-selling musician in American history?
The modern tradition began over 3,000 miles from the Emerald Isle. Continue reading The first parade honoring St. Patrick wasn’t in Ireland