Traveling in the 1880s

The diary of Dr. Chaloner Clay is a collection of writings about life at sea in the 1880s. Although sailing as a passenger was for the wealthy only, it was still not exactly comfortable.

Bad idea: Napoleon invades Russia

In 1812, the French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821) was informed that the Russians might plan an attack. He then mobilized more than 450,000 men for his “Grande Armée” and marched towards Russia.

The origins of the Piggy Bank

The term piggy bank does not come from the pig shaped form of the coin container. Rather, it’s the other way around. Pygg is the name of the clay which was used to make those containers in medieval England and other places. Eventually, the name changed from pygg jar to pig jar and then to piggy bank around the 18th century. …

The lady who won the Medal of Honor

The Medal of Honor is the highest military decoration in the US military. Unbeknownst to many, there has actually been one female recipient.