Serra da Capivara National Park

SERRA DA CAPIVARA NATIONAL PARK, Brazil — Niede Guidon still remembers her astonishment when she glimpsed the paintings. Preserved amid the bromeliad-encrusted plateaus that tower over the thorn forests of northeast Brazil, the ancient rock art depicts fierce battles among tribesmen, orgiastic scenes of prehistoric revelry and hunters pursuing their game, spears in hand. “These… Read More


“Many hold it for an excellent idea to praise such an absurd matter like that sarmatic [Polish] astronomer, who moves the earth and lets the sun stand still.” Melanchthon in 1539 speaking about Heliocentric theory being proposed by a paper titled ‘Commentariolus’, by Renaissance mathematician and astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus.… Read More

The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp is a 1632 oil painting on canvas by Rembrandt housed in the Mauritshuis museum in The Hague, the Netherlands. Dr. Nicolaes Tulp is pictured explaining the musculature of the arm to medical professionals. Some of the spectators are various doctors who paid commissions to be included in the painting.

IN THE 1630s a sailor was thrown in a Dutch jail for eating what he thought was an onion. That onion was in fact a tulip bulb. The cost of the sailor’s gluttony was equivalent to the cost of feeding an entire crew for twelve months. That story is probably not true—no sane person would… Read More


Centuries Before China’s ‘Great Wall,’ There Was Another by CHRISTOPHER JOYCE December 29, 2013 5:04 AM Photograph of the remnants of the Great Wall of Qi in the Da Feng Shan (Big Peak Mountain) in Shandong Province, China. The Great Wall of China, built more than 2,000 years ago, stands as one of the monumental… Read More


The Father of Chicago: Jean Baptiste Pointe DuSable August 8, 2011 By: John R. Schmidt “The first white man to settle in Chicago was black.” That was a popular witticism around town in the 1930s, and it says a lot about the attitudes of the time. Of course, the person referred to was Jean Baptiste… Read More


Fur flies over 16th century ‘rocket cats’ warfare manual, Thursday 6 March 2014 05.44 EST Researcher baffled by document written by artillery master Franz Helm featuring pictures of jetpacks strapped to cats and doves The manual suggests capturing cats from enemy territory and strapping bombs to them. Photograph: Matt Rourke/AP You’re a 16th century… Read More


March 7, 2014 10 Things You Should Know About Millard Fillmore By Jesse Greenspan On March 8, 1874, former U.S. President Millard Fillmore died at age 74 after having a stroke.. Straitlaced and well-groomed, he is usually remembered, if at all, for being the butt of innumerable jokes about everything from his supposed lack of… Read More