Fibonacci’s Real Name

Fibonacci’s sequence is a series of numbers found throughout nature, often in the ordering of tree branches and flower petals.¬†Starting with 0 and 1, each number is the sum of the two numbers before it: 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, etc. Credited with the introduction of the sequence in 1202, “Fibonacci” is a misnomer. The Italian Leonardo …

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.

The most traveled man of the Middle Ages

Odoric of Poderone (1286-1331) was a Franciscan friar and missionary explorer. Born and raised in Porderone (Modern day Italy) he went to the Balkans as a missionary in 1296.

The sex-crazed Pope

Pope John XII (c.930-964) became pope in 955 through the help of his father, Alberic II of Spoleto. At a very young age, John XII was not exactly up to par with his holy job. His worldly desires got the better of him.