Ancient Chisel found at foot of Jerusalem’s Wailing Wall

Ancient Chisel found at foot of Jerusalem’s Wailing Wall

A 2,000-year-old stonemason’s chisel believed to have been used in the construction of the Wailing Wall (or Western Wall) has been found buried at its base by an Israeli archaeologist.Continue Reading

Skeletons of Napoleonic POWs found in Hampshire garden

Skeletons of Napoleonic POWs found in Hampshire garden

A couple extending their home in Fareham, Hampshire were amazed when their builder uncovered bones, thought to be of two or three men from the Napleonic era, buried in their back yard.Continue Reading

NASA discovers Earth’s ‘cousin’ – but will humans ever reach it?

NASA discovers Earth’s ‘cousin’ – but will humans ever reach it?

NASA has picked up the first Earth-size, potentially habitable planet orbiting a star ‘just’ 490 light-years away.Continue Reading

Dead former wife returns to haunt 18th century family portrait

Dead former wife returns to haunt 18th century family portrait

After Scottish tobacco lord John Glassford’s wife died in 1766, he had her image painted over with that of his new wife when he remarried in 1768. Today, she unexpectedly reappeared.Continue Reading

13 unlucky heirs who didn’t make it to the throne of England

13 unlucky heirs who didn’t make it to the throne of England

Most heirs to the throne navigated the dangers of infant mortality, rampant disease and bloody battlefields to take their anointed place in history. A few unfortunate ones didn’t make it.Continue Reading

How 10 of history’s most famous figures almost died before their time

How 10 of history’s most famous figures almost died before their time

A source of inspiration for alternate historians is making early brushes with death (e.g. when a young Julius Caesar was kidnapped by pirates) go wrong. Here are 10 famous lives that turned on a dime.Continue Reading

Timeline of images of Earth before 1969

Timeline of images of Earth before 1969

In 1632 the great Galileo Galilei wrote: “If you could see the Earth illuminated when you were in a place as dark as night, it would look to you more splendid than the Moon.”Continue Reading

Real fame is having your own eponymous adjective.  What’s yours?

Real fame is having your own eponymous adjective. What’s yours?

Normally tagged with magnificent concepts like ‘era’ or ‘thinking’, the award of an eponymous adjective – derived from a person’s name – can either be the ultimate accolade or ultimate condemnation. Continue Reading

Could you afford to live abroad? – Cost comparison of life’s essentials in 100 countries

Could you afford to live abroad? – Cost comparison of life’s essentials in 100 countries

Forget bread, rice and potatoes – we look at the cost around the world of life’s REAL essentials: internet and cell phone connection, gasoline, cigarettes and the rent on a city centre apartment. Continue Reading

Presidents, Monarchs and the shrinking Atlantic – timeline of transatlantic communication

Presidents, Monarchs and the shrinking Atlantic – timeline of transatlantic communication

How ‘getting the message across’ the ocean went from weeks to milliseconds for the Kings and Queens of England and the Presidents of the USA.Continue Reading

A new way to classify life on Earth

A new way to classify life on Earth

Our species first tagged itself Homo sapiens (wise man) in 1758, but Homo nominans (naming man) may have been more apt given our attempts to label the plants and animals with which we share the planet.Continue Reading

Rare surnames reveal how success is inherited over centuries

Rare surnames reveal how success is inherited over centuries

Your success in life may be pre-determined, not by the wealth, education, and profession of your parents, but by the fortunes of your ancestors centuries ago.Continue Reading

Famous faces linked by Y-DNA haplogroups

Famous faces linked by Y-DNA haplogroups

Y-DNA haplogroups, which link son-to-father back to common male-line ancestors, have been determined for many notable figures – showing some fascinating and unexpected linkages.Continue Reading

Native Americans travelled far and wide to settle in America’s first city

Native Americans travelled far and wide to settle in America’s first city

The ancient American city of Cahokia, which by 1100 AD was bigger than medieval London, was home to around 20,000 people – many of whom travelled hundreds of miles to live there.Continue Reading

Rated – the sense of humour of 10 historical figures

Rated – the sense of humour of 10 historical figures

Testing the funny bones of Isaac Newton, Oliver Cromwell, Napoleon Bonaparte, Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Mahatma Gandhi, Albert Einstein and Winston Churchill.Continue Reading

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