Boys in Pink

It was only recently that pink became a girl’s color and blue a boy’s color. Until the mid-19th century, babies of both genders were dressed in white.

Zone rouge

So absolute was the devastation to the landscape during WWI, largely through the prodigious use of artillery and poison gas, at the end of the war a 1,200 square kilometre ‘Zone Rouge’ was declared by the French government along the border with Belgium and Germany, labelling the land unfit for human habitation.

The Varangian Guard

In the middle ages, the Emperor of Byzantium maintained a large private bodyguard of up to 6,000 men called the Varangian Guard. Initially composed of huge axe-wielding Scandinavian mercenaries during the tenth century, their numbers were later augmented by deposed Anglo-Saxon warriors from the Norman conquest of England. We are not responsible for the contents of external links. Full disclaimer …

Mark Twain’s Famous Friends

Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known as the writer Mark Twain, had many surprising friends. Among those he called friends were his neighbor Harrier Beecher Stowe, Helen Keller, and Nikola Tesla.