Many people know Jamaica as a popular vacation destination, but the small island nation has much more to it than just tourism. With some 2.8 million people, Jamaica is the third most populous English-speaking country in the Americas. It is the birthplace of Reggae music, and is home to Usain Bolt, the world’s fastest man. […]
“Hi hungry, I’m dad.” If you’ve ever heard this phrase leave your father’s mouth, you have probably lamented the existence of dad jokes. It feels like a timeless childhood experience. But the term “dad joke” itself may not be quite so long lived.
The CIA has been in the news a lot recently. And while you have most likely heard of it, there is still a lot of confusion about just what exactly this organization is and does. What is the CIA, and what role does it play in American government?
It was certainly one of history’s most bizarre disasters. Back in 1919, residents of Boston’s North End neighborhood heard a loud roar. Moments later, a fast moving tidal wave of molasses rushed through the streets. While it sounds odd, the Great Molasses Flood was no laughing matter. This tragedy would ultimately kill 21 people, and […]
Occam’s Razor is a principle that can be attributed to 14th-century logician William of Ockham. The principle, translated from Latin, states that “entities should not be multiplied unnecessarily.” For the sake of authenticity, here it is in its original Latin forms: “Pluralitas non est ponenda sine neccesitate” “Frustra fit per plura quod potest fieri per […]
North Korea. It seems to constantly be in the news, and at least in the Western world, it is rarely for anything positive. With so much negative press, it can be easy to get swept up in the reports, and rightfully so. According to many international organizations, human rights violations in North Korea are common, […]
What is the G7? In the 1970s, the world wasn’t in the best shape. Oil prices were at record highs, and the global economy as a whole was in a state of crisis. As economic growth slowed from decades prior, many of the world’s most industrial countries were left unsure how to fix these problems, […]
The French Open is a major tennis tournament held each year at the Stade Roland-Garros in Paris, France. It is the best-known and most famous clay court tennis championship in the world, and is considered part of the tennis “Grand Slam”. The stadium at which the event is played is named after the French aviator […]
On July 16th, 1945, in the New Mexican desert, the United States detonated the world’s first nuclear bomb. Less than a month later, the entire planet would witness the devastating potential of nuclear weapons firsthand, when the US dropped two atomic bombs on Japan. The first bomb, named “Little Boy”, caused major destruction in the […]
What is Iran? If you pay attention to the news, you probably have heard lots of talk about Iran. It’s a place that everyone seems to have an opinion on. In the West, Iran is largely demonized, viewed as a state-sponsor of terrorism and a threat to the so-called “Free World”. In the Middle East, […]
Mesopotamia is an ancient historical region in West Asia, located in the heart of the Tigris–Euphrates river system. In fact, the name Mesopotamia translates to “the land between the rivers” in Greek. The region covers most of modern-day Iraq and Kuwait, parts of Northern Saudi Arabia, the eastern parts of Syria, and Southeastern Turkey. As […]
The royal family has certainly been making headlines lately. In April, 2018, Prince William and Kate Middleton welcomed baby Louis Arthur Charles to the world. More recently, the media was buzzing about the royal wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. All this news about the royal family has also led to questions on how […]
What is New England? Nestled in the northeast corner of the United States is New England, a geographical region made up of six states: Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut. It is a region steeped in natural beauty, culture, and lots and lots of history. Mark HealdMark Heald is an Associate Product […]
Dogs aren’t just man’s best friend – they were also one of our first. Scientists believe that dogs were the first domesticated animal. Evidence indicates that dogs were domesticated anywhere from 10,000 to 30,000 years ago. Domestication was a key moment in humanity’s history – the transition from subsistence off of wild hunting and gathering […]
Flags are an important part of any sovereign country. They not only serve as national symbols, but also as reminders of the past. Flags come in various styles and colors, many of which have specific meanings. In this post, we’ll look at the meaning behind the flag of India. The Flag of India The National […]