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. …


Contrary to the popular theories that males hunted and females mostly foraged

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Kim Hale, a professor of anthropology at Arizona State University, once said “You can’t just stop in the middle of stalking a deer in order to nurse a crying baby,” in regards to the long-held belief that our prehistoric female ancestors didn’t participate in hunting wild animals; they mostly foraged and took care of the young ones. Hale’s view was not unique. It was shared by many historians and archaeologists throughout the last couple of centuries. After all, it makes sense, doesn’t it?

Males are generally bigger and more powerful and thus better biologically equipped to hunt. Also, the division…


His methods were considered barbaric even by the low standards of the 19th century

Dr. Isaac Baker Brown. Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons.

Dr. Isaac Baker Brown used to be a highly-respected physician in London during the 1840s and 50s. He was a member of the Royal College of Surgeons. People celebrated him for the fact that he had developed new operations to treat ovarian tumors and cysts. And those operations worked, by the way. Brown also co-founded St Mary’s Hospital which is still seeing patients now. In short, his career had all the bells and whistles one could want. Until he fucked it all up.

In 1858, Brown decided to open the “London Surgical Home for Women” — or as it was…


This Roman governor is one of the most hated figures in the Christian religion

Pilate presenting Jesus to the people. Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons.

Pontius Pilate was definitely a real historical figure. We know this because in 1961, an inscribed slab of limestone was found in Caesarea Maritima (modern-day Israel) and it stated that he was the Roman governor of Judaea under the reign of Emperor Tiberius and during the time when Jesus was alive. Documents relating to his governorship have also been found among ancient texts in Rome.

Background

According to the Four Gospels of Christianity, Pilate oversaw the trial of Jesus after he had been accused of treason by the Sanhedrin Jewish council. The charges of treason existed because Jesus had called himself…


He came from humble beginnings and remained humble throughout his life.

Smiling Bob Ross with beard and afro. Blue background.
Bob Ross. Public Domain, flickr.com.

Robert Norman Ross was a famous television artist. His instructional videos have been watched by millions of people around the world and he produced over 30,000 paintings before he passed away from lymphoma in 1995, aged only 52. He was known as a happy painter who painted “happy little trees.” But his own life was not as happy as it seemed.

Childhood

Bob Ross was born on October 29, 1942, in Daytona, Florida. His dad, Jack, was a carpenter and a Cherokee Indian. His mom, Ollie, was a waitress. …


This fur trapper’s life was one crazy ride

By Alfred Jacob Miller — Walters Art Museum: Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons.

Between being mauled by a grizzly bear and getting betrayed by his fellow fur trappers, Hugh Glass’s life was no easy ride. Also, did I mention that he was once a pirate slave and later an honorary member of the Native American Pawnee tribe? Here’s the full story of the man who inspired “The Revenant” movie.

Tragedy After Tragedy

Hugh was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania around the year 1783. Little is known about his upbringing, except that he became a sailor at a young age. By the 1810s, he was reportedly a captain. But alas, the tragic circumstances of his existence began around…


The world was plunged into darkness

By Unknown author — British Library, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons.

Right now, there are about 20 so-called “supervolcanoes” in the world, all of which are overdue an eruption, and each of which is capable of killing at least one billion people. The explosions of magma from the volcanoes themselves would be the least of our problems. Plumes of black smoke would cover much of the world’s skies, temperatures would plummet, crops would fail and people would starve.

But as Bryan Walsh, author of “End Times: A Brief Guide to the End of the World,” once stated, most of these dormant monsters are unlikely — statistically speaking — to erupt in…


Also known as the African World War, it was the deadliest conflict since WWII

Congolese Soldier (FARDC). By MONUSCO Photos — FARDC-Kibumba-04, CC BY-SA 2.0, Wikimedia Commons.

The Second Congo War (1998–2003) had one of the most convoluted webs of alliances in history. Nine African countries were officially involved in the war, but over 25 armed groups fought against each other, constantly changing sides and killing their former allies.

This war caused over 5.4 million deaths both directly and indirectly, making it the deadliest conflict since World War II. A further 2 million people have also been displaced from their ancestral lands by it.

How Did It Start?

The Kingdom of Rwanda — a country neighboring Congo — used to be ruled almost exclusively by Tutsi tribesmen since the 1960s, when…


Disaster befell him exactly when he thought his dreams had come true

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Born to poor tenant farmers in Devon, England in 1689, nobody thought young Samuel Bellamy would amount to anything — much less become a famous pirate with numerous sobriquets like the “Prince of Pirates,” or “Robin Hood of the Sea.”

His mother died when he was only a few months old. And at the young age of 13, Sam was abducted by a press gang and conscripted into the navy. This was common at the time as the British empire did not have nearly enough sailors to man its warships.

After spending a few years learning the ropes — literally…

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