Feigning Insanity

Born Elizabeth Cochran, Nellie Bly chose her pseudonym when she first began working as a journalist in 1885 after sending a fiery response to a piece published in the The Pittsburgh Dispatch. The paper’s editor was impressed by her skill and offered her a job with the paper.

Origins of the Ukulele

The ukulele, often considered the quintessential Hawaiian instrument, actually originated from a Portuguese stringed instrument called the cavaquinho. Brought over by Portuguese laborers and skilled craftsman in the 1800’s, the instrument quickly became popular among the local Hawaiians, who dubbed the instrument “ukulele,” meaning “jumping flea.” King Kalakaua was an ardent supporter of the instrument, learning how to play and …

The Horns of Moses

Take a close look at Michelangelo’s sculpture of Moses in Rome and you will notice two strange protrusions on his head: horns. Some historians credit a mistranslation of ancient texts for the common practice in the 16th and 17th century of depicting Moses with horns, but closer analysis reveals this may not be the case.

The Ambidextrous Genius

Born in 1452, Leonardo da Vinci, the famed painter, scientist, and inventor was ambidextrous and could not only write backwards, but could also write backwards with one hand and forwards with the other at the same time.