This author has been described by many as a treasure trove of good writing advice

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien. Wikimedia Commons.

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien is one of the most famous fiction authors to have ever lived. A good friend of author C.S. Lewis who wrote “The Chronicles of Narnia” novels, Tolkien blessed the world with fantasy works such as “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy.

The first rule for success in writing according to Tolkien is to have your name initialized (eg. C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, J.K. Rowling).

Just kidding. The man truly has a wealth of wisdom to offer which is really nothing to make light of. …

And she’s Jewish.

Adolf Hitler. By Bundesarchiv, Bild 102–10460, Hoffmann, Heinrich, Wikimedia Commons.

Before gaining power as Germany’s Chancellor in 1933, Hitler was just a failed artist and political enthusiast. One only has as much power as people are willing to give them, after all. Hitler and his Nazi Party had failed in the Munich Putsch (an uprising in Munich) during the Weimar Republic. As a result, he had just spent 9 months in prison for treason where he wrote Mein Kampf. …

And since then it’s been the subject of a lot of scientific research

Albert Einstein — Colorized. By Google — Google, CC BY-SA 4.0, Wikimedia Commons.

When I say that Albert Einstein’s brain was stolen, it’s easy to imagine a Mission-Impossible-style team of spies breaking through a glass ceiling, rappelling down, and taking it from a safe. But the reality was less eventful than that.

Einstein tragically passed away on April 18, 1955, due to a burst aorta. Dr. Harvey was a pathologist at Princeton Hospital in New Jersey. After conducting the autopsy, he simply took Einstein’s brain and brought it home with him. Einstein’s body was then cremated and his ashes were scattered in a secret location, as per the instructions in his last will.

Who was the character of Don Toretto based on and what does the Prohibition Era have to do with racing cars?

Photo by neil kelly from Pexels

Most people aren’t street racers. So when they think of this sub-culture of petrolheads, they imagine skimpily outfitted girls flirting with racers of various nationalities and creeds on a dingily lit street. Meanwhile, DJs are blasting music and drivers are revving their engines to produce an adrenaline-inducing noise.

The reason people imagine this is because of the “Fast & Furious” franchise. Believe it or not, the first movie they made was actually loosely grounded in reality. But that was before Vin Diesel decided to go wild and take car racing to space as they’ve done in the last one…

When and why did street racing start?


In case you ever have it

A plague doctor. Public Domain,

The Medieval Ages were not known as a time when medicine was particularly advanced. So when the bubonic plague began spreading around 1346 AD, there wasn’t much anyone could do about it.

Also known as the Black Death, this disease was mainly spread by fleas and the rats which carried them. As a result, it predominantly affected large cities. The plague struck the world in three different waves — the first one occurring in the mid-1300s, the second in the 1500s, and the last one in the 1800s— although that one mostly affected Asia.

The mortality rate for those who…

The most unusual flood occurred in New England.

Panorama of the Molasses Disaster site. By BPL — Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons.

Sugar cane does not naturally produce crystallized white sugar. It needs to be refined, and in doing so, several by-products are also formed. One of them is molasses. This is a thick, brown substance that has a sweet and somewhat smoky flavor.

Cheaper than regular sugar, molasses is a defining component of brown sugar and is commonly used in baked goods. It can also be fermented to make rum or industrial alcohol — from which explosives can then be made.

During the 1910s, demand for molasses in the U.S. was at an all-time high. This was because from 1914 to…

Hint: it wasn’t because of animal rights activists

Boxing Kangaroo. By Adolph Friedländer (1851–1904) —, Public Domain,

When I was a kid, I remember seeing many cartoons in which kangaroos pummeled cocky humans with their big, red boxing gloves. I thought to myself, “this is the most Australian thing I have ever seen.”

As a matter of fact, the boxing kangaroo really is a national symbol of Australia — commonly displayed during the Olympics and at other sporting events.

But why did the practice of humans sparring with kangaroos become a thing in the first place? And why did it end?

Entrepreneurs Viewed Kangaroos as Money-Makers

Before the British landed on Australian shores and thought, “Look at all these funny-looking animals. They…

This is how Triboulet got out of it using humor.

The look of the jester in the painting above is thought to have been inspired by Triboulet. By William Merritt Chase — The Athenaeum, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons.

Historically, jesters played a much more important part in kings’ courts than was previously thought. These fools were mostly men and were chosen for the position for several reasons.

1. Disability

Do you remember when in “Game of Thrones,” slavers captured Tyrion Lannister and wanted to cut off his “dwarf penis” and sell it because it had magical properties… and Tyrion told them that it would be worthless since it was not dwarf-sized? Well, George Martin based his “A Song of Ice and Fire” series of novels on Medieval Europe.

And during Medieval times, people really did think that dwarves and other…

At a time when up to 25% of women died of childbed fever

Dr. Ignaz Phillip Semmelweis 1818–1865, Gyomaendrőd, Hungary: Corvina Kiadó ISBN: 9631314596. plate 15, Public Domain,

Puerperal fever — a.k.a. childbed fever — is a bacterial infection that can affect mothers after childbirth. It usually occurs in the vaginal tract and/or the placenta site in the uterus, but can also occur in the breasts. After infection, bacteria can then enter the bloodstream and lymphatic system to cause septicemia, cellulitis, and pelvic or generalized peritonitis.

The initial symptoms of this illness include having a high temperature, abdominal pains, and foul-smelling vaginal discharge. Historically, many women who had this disease died because it was thought to be incurable.

He Was An Abrasive Character

Ignaz Semmelweis was born in Buda, the Austrian Empire, in…

They operated mainly around Connecticut, New York City, and Long Island

George Washington. Photo by Library of Congress on Unsplash

George Washington was the most influential person in the history of the United States of America. He led the Patriot forces to victory during the War of Independence, helped to write the U.S. Constitution, and became the newly-formed country’s first-ever president.

He is commonly known as the “Father of the Nation.” Washington was a great general who motivated untrained troops —who often lacked even basic supplies like shoes during winter — to fight against the better-equipped professional British army.

However, his success as a general lay not only in his ability to command his men but also in his abilities…

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