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The History of Walt Disney World

Florida, “The Sunshine State” of the USA has always been famous for its beaches, hot weather and relaxing holidays. But on the morning of 1st October 1971 Florida added another feather to its cap, when Walt Disney World opened its doors for …

The History of Cheese

Most experts consider that the history of cheese first started in the Middle East, probably coinciding with the domestication of sheep and goats and the realisation that they could be milked. But legend has it that it was ‘found’ by an obscure …

The History of Alcatraz

The Island of Alcatraz was inhabited by the indigenous people who arrived there 10,000-20,000 years ago. The first known inhabitants of the island were the people of the Miwok and Ohlone tribes who lived around the coastal areas between Point Sur and …

The History of DNA

In 1953, James Watson and Francis Crick reported that they had discovered the structure of DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) – the molecule that genes are made of. This discovery would transform the life sciences – from biochemistry and agriculture to medicine and genetics. …

A Brief History of Paper Towels

The Paper Towel is one of the most popular household inventions. Due to its multi-purpose functionality, from cleaning surfaces and spills, wiping windows and drying hands, this absorbent towel has become a family favourite and you’ll probably find one in almost every …

The History of Starbucks

Unless you are agoraphobic or chained to your bed you cannot possibly have missed the fact that Starbucks Coffee houses are just about everywhere! For over 40 years Starbucks have been successfully building their brand all over the world and are probably …

The History of Valentine’s Day

Each year on February 14th, people across the world celebrate Valentine’s Day; a day meant for spoiling and appreciating your significant other. In some cases, it can be a simple gesture of love toward a friend or family member, so while it’s …

The History of Boxing Day

Boxing Day is celebrated on December 26th, taking place after Christmas Day. In Ireland, it is also known as Saint Stephen’s Day and in other European countries such as Hungary, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, and Scandinavia, it is celebrated as the Second …

The History of Nintendo Consoles

Since 1983, Nintendo has sold more than 4.4 billion video games and over 703 million hardware units. The company was founded on 23rd September 1889 in Kyoto, Japan by Fusajiro Yamauchi. They started out manufacturing playing cards and later printed them with …

Vampire Legends in History

There is a vast difference between Hollywood depictions of vampires compared to folklore legends. In films and novels, vampires are depicted as aristocratic, attractive and intelligent with a thirst for blood. They sleep in coffins and are well-dressed with long capes. They …

10 Eye-Opening Facts about the Holocaust

The word “holocaust”, originally comes from the Greek adjective “holokaustos”, “holo” meaning whole and “kaustos” meaning completely burnt. In other words, it referred to an animal sacrifice, which was completely burnt, as a sacrifice to a god. In Hebrew, it refers to …

7 History ‘Facts’ That Are False

It is often said that the history books are written by the victors, but sometimes history books are also written by people who fail to conduct proper research. It’s a little scary to think about how many historical accounts taught to schoolchildren …

10 Interesting Facts About Jack the Ripper

Unfortunately, a serial killer who is responsible for the deaths of five people is no longer regarded as one that is particularly prolific. Modern history has brought us killers who have claimed 30 lives or more, and in some cases, significantly more. …
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