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Who was Lady Godiva?

You might associate the name “Godiva” with a brand of Belgian chocolates, but it was first popularized as part of a 900-year-old English legend. The ...
betsy ross

Did Betsy Ross really make the first American flag?

Elizabeth “Betsy” Ross formed an indelible mark in our nation’s history for making the first American flag. But is the account of her contribution to ...
mistletoe

Why do we kiss under the mistletoe?

Kissing under sprigs of mistletoe is a well-known holiday tradition, but this little plant’s history as a symbolic herb dates back thousands of years. ...
pirates

Did pirates really make people walk the plank?

The blindfolded captive, prodded at cutlass-point out onto a narrow beam dangling over the sea, has been as much a part of pirate lore as the buccaneer ...
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Who was Johnny Appleseed?

It may surprise you that one of the most notable entrepreneurs of the American frontier didn’t wear a jacket, tip his hat and shine his shoes, but rather ...
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What’s so unlucky about the number 13?

Researchers estimate that at least 10 percent of the U.S. population has a fear of the number 13, and each year the even more specific fear of Friday the ...