A Turkey by Any Other Name

In the 15th and 16th centuries, as trade exploded around the globe, one poor bird had an identity crisis. Brought to England by the Turks, the bird became known as the “turkey” in English, as well as a similar derivation in Hindi.

The 6 million skeletons underneath Paris

Catacombs of Paris

Paris, France is one of the most visited cities in the World and rightfully so. The beautiful architecture, stunning monuments and countless cultural treasures are second to none. However, a dark, yet very interesting fact of the past are the millions of human skeletons which lay below the city.

Vinegar Valentines

In Europe and the United States in the 1900’s, a strange Valentine custom developed. In addition to sending sweet, romantic Valentine cards, individuals also sent cards with rude, insulting poems.

Death of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Known as the composer of “The Sleeping Beauty” and “The Nutcracker,” the true cause of the death of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky is still unknown.