A look at the role of cats in the mythology of ancient Egypt, including gods and goddesses that often appeared as cats.
A review of Neal Adams' classic 9-issue run on the X-Men, which has been collected in paperback format as part of Marvel Comics' Visionaries series.
Three paperback collections reprinting writer-illustrator Jim Steranko's work for Marvel Comics in the 1960s and 1970s are reviewed here.
A discussion of fusion, a musical genre that merges the driving rhythms and electric instrumentation of rock, R&B and funk to jazz, and a list of seven essential albums from the artists who defined the genre.
The discovery of King Tut's tomb by Howard Carter in 1922 made headlines around the world. The astonishing treasures found in the tomb have become famous the world over, as well. Most people know very little about the pharaoh himself, however. This hub will help answer the question: Who was...
The story of the real Captain Morgan, the English privateer whose exploits in the 17th century brought him wealth, fame, and even knighthood.
Theories regarding the mystery of how the Great Pyramids were built are discussed.
He is the most famous pirate of all time, yet many of the stories told about Blackbeard are more myth than fact. This hub examines several myths about Blackbeard, and reveals the truth behind these stories.
A description of the flags used by pirates during the Golden Age of Piracy. Symbols commonly seen on these flags are explained, and examples of flags flown by famous pirate captains are shown.
Pirates, buccaneers and privateers - they all engaged in the same sorts of activities, raiding vessels at sea and coastal towns, yet they were not exactly the same thing. This hub explains the differences between pirates, buccaneers and privateers.
A spoiler-free review of Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, an animated film from DC Comics, released to theaters in 1993.
Rockabilly, an early version of rock and roll, originated in the 1950s, saw a revival in the 1980s, and continues to have fans worldwide today. Here's a look at some essential rockabilly collections.
Visual problems are among the most common symptoms encountered by people with MS. This hub discusses the visual problems most often seen with MS, and offers some tips for coping.
Methods of testing the visual field for areas of vision loss or distortion caused by disease or injury are explained.
Five essential classical guitar CDs, as well as suggestions for those wanting to expand their collection.
A spoiler-free review of Batman: Under the Red Hood, a 2010 direct-to-video animated film from DC Comics. The historical comic book origins of several key elements in the film are also discussed.
As we enter adulthood, does our brain lose its ability to create new neural connections in response to stimuli? This was once believed to be the case, but current research now suggests otherwise. Good news for those of us approaching - or even on the far side of - middle age.
How to read Nashville Number System charts, and use the system to create your own song charts.
Before he became a solo artist, Eric Clapton was lead guitarist for some of the greatest bands in rock history, including the Yardbirds, John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, Cream and more. Here's a look at those bands.
Plant and animal cells are compared and contrasted, using labelled diagrams and text.
Reviews of three excellent books, which, taken together, provide a complete course in drawing cars and other vehicles.
A comparison of the movie and comic book versions of Thor and the other Norse gods with the versions from actual Norse mythology.
Four books are reviewed that will help people with multiple interests and passions, who believe that they can't do all of them in a single lifetime.
The story of one of history's most successful pirates, "Black Sam" Bellamy, and his flagship, the Whydah.
A review of the Whydah Pirate Museum in Provincetown, MA, housing artifacts recovered from the pirate ship Whydah, which sank off the coast of Cape Cod in 1717.
As someone with multiple sclerosis, I've discovered that one of the most interesting aspects of the disease is that it makes people around you say dumb things. This is to be expected, I suppose. Most people don't know much about the disease, and...
Multiple sclerosis can cause problems with memory, especially short-term memory. I deal with such problems on a daily basis, and there are several techniques I've learned to use that help tremendously. These seven have been particularly effective.
When I was finally diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2010, my first reaction was, strangely enough, relief. After years of specialists and medical tests for symptoms with no apparent cause or cure, I finally knew what was going on. My relief was...
The best casual dining restaurants on Cape Cod for fried seafood, as selected by a long-time resident.
Why does the US have two separate holidays for honoring their veterans? How did these holidays come about, and what are the differences between them? This article answers these questions.
Plato said the unexamined life is not worth living. What did he mean? Can meaning be found by looking within, rather than to external sources?
For most recording artists, a Top 20 list would be excessive (or even impossible), but in the case of the Beatles, the difficulty lies in narrowing it down to just 20 songs. This is a band that had 32 songs reach the top 10 (20 of which hit #1), and...
The FDA assures us that generic drugs are just as safe and effective as their costlier brand name counterparts. Why, then, do prescription forms allow doctors to indicate "no substitution", meaning that the name brand drug must be used? Are generic...
Flat tax success stories are fairly easy to find. A number of countries have seen impressive economic growth after adopting the flat tax idea. This is especially true since the fall of the Soviet Union. As countries formerly under Soviet communist...
Opinions vary among car enthusiasts as to which car should be awarded the title "First Muscle Car". In part, this is because there's no strict definition of the term "muscle car", and different people apply it to different cars. For the purposes...
A glass of wine with dinner. Afterwards, a cup of coffee and a bit of chocolate. Not only can it make your meal more pleasant, but evidence continues to build that these foods (and a few other treats) provide important health benefits, as well. ...
Color Psychology, the study of how color affects mood, behavior and performance, can provide you with tools you can use to make positive changes in your life.
Before settling at Plymouth in 1620, the Pilgrims spent more than a month on outer Cape Cod, where a number of important events occurred. Visiting the sites of these events can be an educational and fun part of a Cape Cod vacation.
One of Cape Cod's must-see attractions, Highland Light is both Cape Cod's oldest and tallest lighthouse. A visit to this historic lighthouse in Truro should be part of anyone's visit to the outer Cape.
Vitamin D plays a key role in the prevention of a number of ailments, such as osteoporosis and cancer, that are of increasing concern as we grow older. It's hard to get sufficient quantities of the vitamin from food sources alone, however, and deficiencies may be more widespread than most people...
The 1960s saw a decade-long explosion of creativity that propelled Marvel Comics to dominance in the industry. This era, which Marvel writer Stan Lee referred to as The Marvel Age of Comics, saw the birth of many of Marvel's most popular characters. Here's a look at some of them.
In some circles a debate (sometimes quite heated) has raged for years regarding the creation of Marvel Comics' flagship character, Spider-Man. Stan Lee and Steve Ditko are widely acknowledged as having created the character, but some believe that Spider-Man was not created by Lee and Ditko, but by...
The TV western, a staple of television programming in the 1950s and 1960s, entered a period of decline in the 1970s from which it has never recovered. Even as the traditional western faded away, networks experimented with non-traditional westerns and mini-series throughout the decade. Here's a look...
"Should I go to Disneyland or Disney World? Are they pretty much the same?" Disneyland and Disney World are, in fact, quite different. Here's an overview, noting the similarities and differences between the two Happiest Places on Earth.
In 1964 Hasbro introduced the first action figure - G.I. Joe. Almost 50 years later, Joe is still going strong. Here's a look back at where it all began: G.I. Joe in the 1960s.
Yes, free and legal is possible. Many ad-supported sites permit streaming of recent movies, while hundreds of great older films can be found in the public domain. Here's a look at several online sources of free legal movies.
At some point we all find ourselves searching for an idea. Whether you're a writer trying to break through a bad case of writer's block, or you just want an idea for a new dessert tonight, here are 10 tips and tricks that can help.
While not the best film in John Wayne's catalog, the 1963 comedy-western McLintock! is an entertaining movie. The film has entered the public domain, and is well worth seeking out.
Even for Roger Corman, King of the B-movies, Little Shop of Horrors (1960) was a low-budget quickie. It is also a surprisingly good film.
Steve Ditko is far more than just the co-creator of Spider-Man and Doctor Strange (although that certainly would be enough for most artist/writers). A number of other important, long-lasting characters and ideas came from the mind and pencil of Steve Ditko. Here's a look at some of the best.