Weather vanes are both decorative and utilitarian and highly collectible. The Tower of the Winds in Athens is considered the world's first weather station.
Although executed as a spy, was Mata Hari really innocent? Her secret trial records were sealed for 100 years. Over 250 biographies and novels are written about her and a movie with Greta Garbo starring.
The supercontinents 299 million years ago and the possible scenarios of our future continents moving back to another pangea.
From an orphan to a blockbuster fashion career, Coco had many rich lovers, yet accused of being a Nazi spy. She gave women elegant timeless designs. Her signature perfume Chanel No. 5 remains timeless worldwide.
A 340-year-old mystery. Who wrote the Dighton Rock and what does it say? There are many different theories but NO ONE can decipher the carvings.
A national aviation hero, Charles A. Lindbergh, who set the world ablaze with a solo flight from N.Y. to Paris in 1927. Married with six children but with a secret life of three mistresses, and seven secret children.
The trip across America from Florida, the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean, to Brookings, Oregon. Passing Wind power farms, Redwood Forest, the Pacific Ocean traveling 3382 miles alone.
A true pioneer heroine, a frontier scout, spy, as she saved Charleston, W. Virginia from Indian arrack in 1761 by horseback ride of 100 miles through Indian lines to secure gun powder for Ft. Lee.
Prehistoric marine life and monsters swimming in America, leaving fossils for scientists to discover specimens for museum displays for us to see what they were like.
Almost forgotten, Charles Wilkes commanded the Wilkes Expedition in 1838 lasting four years giving America scientific and mapping contributions critical to our history.
Civil War, also called "The Boys War" because of the ages of some of the drummer boys. Some as young as nine, some even awarded the Medal of Honor for their valiant roles. They played an important role and became loved by all.
A unique individual, billy baar has lived s a hermit for 40 years recording elements of nature in Colorado for science. His valuable contributions have enabled scientists to address climate change and environmental issues.
A former monastery, a military fort, and a prison. Today, voted by the World Travel Awards as one of Europe's Leading Tourist Attractions. A ferry from Cohn, Ireland to Spike Island in Cork Harbour
There are believers and non-believers but there have been sightings of Bigfoot, Yeti, Loch-Ness, and Abdominal Snowmen for years. The search for Bigfoot is on-going to prove to science he is real.
A female pioneer pilot, Harriet Quimby led the way for women aviators.
American explorer, photographer, and writer faced discrimination because she was a woman. Became known as the "Mrs. Marco Polo"' at a time women should be 'homemakers'.
Barbara Washburn, the first woman to climb Mt. McKinley (Denali) in 1947 with husband Brad Washburn. The Washburns and the Gold Standard Map of the Grand Canyon.
The polar bear descended from the Irish Brown Bear some 150,000 years ago. The polar bear lives in the Arctic sea ice and is vital to our environment and the Arctic people for their survival.
The beauty and spirit, and culture of Indigenous people need to be protected. They provide invaluable contributions to the planet.
J. J. Astor building Ft. Astoria, 1811, and the shipwreck of the Tonquin. Astor formed the Pacific Fur Company hoping to gain a monopoly on the west coast.
The oldest mummy found in America discovered in Nevada, in 1940 by archaeologists and DNA dates it to 10,600 years old.
The forgotten heroines of WW II and the women with shovels and axes filling the jobs of the men gone to war. The need for timber for ships, railroad ties, and telegraph poles was critical and the women became heroines.
Known as Fellis du roi, 800 women were recruited bt the king and sent to New France with a dowry to populate the colonies. These 800 were the "Mothers of French Canadians.
C.R.Patterson, born in slavery made history in the auto industry when he and son started their compant in Ohio.
Nellie Bly, the first female investigative reporter who became famous for writing her book, Ten Days in a Mad-house, when she went undercover to expose the atrocities of an insane asylum.
Where photography of child labor and social issues helped change the laws. Lewis Hine, master of photography enlightened the world.
Squanto, the American Indian who befriended the Pilgrims in the settling of Plymouth, Massachusettes. Squanto spoke excellent English and taught the Pilgrims how to plant and harvest food to survive.
Born to fugitive slave parents, Elijah went on to become an inventor of the automatic lubricating machine that revolutionized the railroad industry.
Hannah Duston, captured by Indians in a harrowing attack in 1697 but managed to escape, scalped her captors and made it back home. The town of Haverhill, Massachusettes called her a hero.
Almost forgotten writer, adventurer, author, Richard Halliburton, completed adventures before the writing of his experiences. He experienced unusual dangerous and unique adventures, such as swimming the Panama Canal in 10 days, swimming in the Taj Mahal!
Discovered in 1999, with glaciers melting in British Columbia, 1000 miles north of Vancouver, the oldest well-preserved human remains were found by accident.
We must improve accountability in the justice system. The U.S. leads with most wrongful convictions. Once convicted, almost impossible to prove otherwise.
A silent witness to dark secrets. Royals, prisoners, witches, King James VII born in Edinburgh Castle. Queen Margaret's Chapel still standing built by her son, King David of Scotland.
Newgrange, built about 3200 B.C. by stone-age people and astronomers with the world's oldest solar observatory, and one of the best examples of a passage-grave tomb.
The Mimic Octopus is the Chameleon of the Sea. They have the ability to mimic other marine animals and only discovered in 1998.
How was it, possible people earned money to kidnap the indigenous natives then to put them on display. And, millions paid to see these "savages" in their cages. Only to see them as inferior beings. Appalling this was still done as late as the 1950s.
This article explores the largest mass execution of a group by the US federal government in history: the Molly Maguires, who were hanged between 1877 and 1878.
After the Civil War Texas ranchers needed cowboys to herd the cattle thousands of miles to the rail stations north to make a profit. This trip could take months. River crossings, Indians, loneliness, and stampedes required cowboys to always be alert. The cook was most important to the crew.
The origins of Halloween from the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain and the Irish immigrants bringing the festival to America
Long before Europeans, the Pacific Northwest and the Indigenous Indians inhabited the coastal bays and inlets of British Columbia, Alaska, and Canada thousands of years ago. Their skill in carving gave us the beauty of totem poles and their stories.
Jesters have been around for centuries, some even famous. Known as 'truth-tellers' and appear to humiliate themselves for the enjoyment of others. Kings, queens, nobles had their own jesters.
There is beauty but also danger in the ocean including poisonous fish. We are still learning our ocean's secrets and the potential value of marine life. The rule is "look but don't touch".
The beginning of aviation. The Wright Brothers came later but the hot air balloon may have started the quest. Over 200 years ago, flying was scary but it opened up a world of wonder and search.
The true story of a guilt-ridden former Irish escapee, John Devoy and his dangerous plan to rescue his former Fenian comrades from the notorious Fremantle Prison in Australia in 1876.
Most major discoveries in oceanography have been in the last 50 years. Our oceans are an under-examined treasure yet we are slowly destroying and polluting them with plastic and debris, treating them as a toilet.
Rachael Carson alerted the world of the impact of pesticides such as DDT. She also helped launch the environment moment and the EPA.
One of the most influential persons in botany in the 18th century. Banks was the botanist on the Endeavor with Cpt James Cook's first voyage. Hundreds of new species of plants and insects discovered by Banks.
Volcanoes are a scientific process of Earth and critical to Earth and its atmosphere, emitting, heat, water, and oxygen
In 1866, African Americans were legally declared American citizens. They were determined to have land of their own, work hard, and build their dreams. It was their dream and would make great sacrifices to make it happen.
The true story of the massacre at Porvenir, Tx, and the dark side of the Texas Rangers Co. B, perfecting police brutality. A decade of violence against Mexican-Americans with Rangers and politicians 'covering it up'.
Charles M. Russell. In 1891 he sold a painting for $25. Years later his paintings sold for millions of dollars. Yet, he never lost his famous storytelling skills or humility. Today, he is one of the greatest western painters.
In colonial times there were so many lobsters, they washed ashore in piles two feet high! Today, lobsters are considered a delicacy and expensive. But in colonial times, they were 'poor man's' food.
Ice age miracles of Pleistocene mammoths, saber-toothed cats, wolves, bears, and more found in the heart of LA. In 1901 the discovery of the Brea Tar Pits has led to major and on-going discoveries.
French explorer Jacques Cartier named Canada, explored St. James River and was first European to travel inland in North America. A village, Hochelaga is possibly buried under Montreal.
Two of the worse fires in the history of America happened on the same day. The Peshtigo Fire and the Chicago Fire. What caused these fires? Was it a meteor, comet, or human carlessness?
The Chinese massacre in 1871, in Los Angeles with the hanging of 17 Chinese and no one held accountable. Was there a cover-up? Newspaper editorials provoked mobs and did little to stop the racism.
Weston walked across America, 3100 miles in 1909, at age 70! He completed this arduous trek in a little over 100 days and made international headlines.
John Colter, the mountain man, was on the Lewis and Clark expedition. First to see Yellowstone and the geysers. Famous for the "Colter Run", escaping the Blackfeet Indians.
Esteban, the first African to explore inland America in the 1500s. He was on the ill-fated NARVAEZ expedition. Landing in Florida, walking over 300 miles, enslaved by Native Indians, escaped and explored America. He was a linguist, medicine man, and guide.
Fletcher Christain and his mutineers from the Bounty settled on Pitcairn Island after setting Wm. Bligh and a few loyal followers adrift on the ocean in a small 23' boat. But conflicts would soon arise on the island between Christain and the Polynesians.
On the day of 11/11/1940, the Armistice Day blizzard took many by surprise, leaving over 100 dead. Many of them were duck hunters. It would be remembered as one of the earliest storms.
London Covent Garden from 1700s to present and "ladies of the night". Today, the New Covent Garden is a mecca for 44 million visitors per year. How different from it's beginning.
Natural wonders created by millions of years of water and erosion.
Exercise for the brain. A fun way to learn, reduces stress, A great way to socialize, learn, and have fun.
Famous explorer Henry Hudson who is credited with the colonization of the Hudson Valley, and parts of Canada He laid the groundwork for the Hudson Bay Company and European expansion to the New World.
The Longest River in the U.S and over 2348 miles long. It has a history, good and bad. Over 15 million people rely on the river. Over $400 billion in commerce from manufacturing, tourism, and recreational categories.
Known as the tallest falls in the world and one of the four most beautiful in the world. The falls were undiscovered until 1933 when US aviator Jimmie Angel flew over them returning in 1937 to explore the falls.
Agatha Christie has sold over two billion books and holds the Guinness World Record as best selling fiction writer of all time.
The horseshoe crab is the oldest species to survive some 445 million years. The crab has blue blood and is a biomedical treasure to medicine.
One of the natural wonders of North America. A mysterious place with a multitude of diversity, wildlife, and folklore.
Walter Camp, Yale University grad and innovator of rules and changes of American football. Player, coach, author, inventor. And he was an apostle of physical fitness devising the "daily dozen set-up".
A number of painters, photographers, and authors have sought for years to preserve an era of history and its people before it would be lost. One, in particular, George Catlin gave us an insight into the world of Native Americans.
A truly historic, serene city of medieval time. Three towers atop the mountains with breathtaking views. Founded in 301 by Marimus
The beginnings of golf hold many interesting and intriguing facts. Scotland is known to be the birth of golf. Back then, it was a game for the elite because the equipment was labor-intensive and handmade. And Kings began tp ban the game as frivolous.
Old Tom Morris and son Young Tom
As early as the Romans and Egyptians, signage was critical to inform public of location and information. Then, the progression of automobiles, road signs became necessary for the direction and rules of the road.
Notable players include Moses "Fleetwood" Walker, Hank O'Day and, Tony Mullane. Moses was the first African American to break the colored barrier some 63 years before Jackie Robinson.
Human cannibalism has been well documented in ancient and recent times. It happened thousands of years ago in ancient times and continues today. It can happen under survivor circumstances such as ships sinking, wartime starvation, and, even the mentally insane.
To deny there is a megadrought is burying your head in the sand. By denying is irresponsible. The American southwest is in a critically stressed situation. And humans are a direct cause.
Sacagawea, guided Lewis and Clark on the epic expedition through the west to the Pacific. She was the daughter of a Chief, and essential to the expedition.
A world-renowned park with ancient petrified trees and, petroglyphs. Formed over 150 million years ago and earth movements. A truly amazing site.
Today, living together for senors is often for economic reasons. It can be beneficial but, you must take steps to protect yourself.
A true story of the first mariner who sailed alone single-handled around the world. He was known as the greatest mariner of his time.
Hiram Bingham discovered Machu Picchu in 1911, but was he the first explorer to discover this Inca wonder?
Howard Carter, the archaeologist who discovered King Tut's burial. He was robbed of greatness because of aristocratic bureaucracy and because he had no university education.
Yes, there was an ocean in North America splitting the continent into two parts.
A true story of the POWs building the Burma-Thailand Japanese railway. The trials and tribulation of the men. Their survival and endurance tested daily.
Sam Kenton was an explorer, not as well known as his friend Daniel Boone but was just as critical to the opening of the frontier to settlers.
The Grand Canyon had never been transverse by the river but in 1869, ten men led by John W. Powell succeeded by boat traveled the 1000 ft river. Braving treacherous falls and unknown territory.
The Ghost Forests are accelerating around the world but, especially in North America. Why is this happening?
Earthquakes occur most frequently in Alaska. But there are other faults lines in the states. Other natural disasters, like tsunamis, follow some earthquakes and can be even more deadly.
What better way to express one's self than creating. I love crafting and starting from scratch to the end project.
The first declared national monument of the United States on September 14, 1906. The stunning formation found in Wyoming formed over a million years ago and visited by over 400,000 visitors per year.
The famous Paul Revere and his midnight ride to warn of the British coming. But, he was so much more. Militia, silversmith, entrepreneur, inventor.
King Charles II was known as the playboy monarch with the nickname "Old Rowley" after his favorite racehorse, the Stallion. But, he did accomplish several good things for England.
Australia, Tasmania and the discovery of the Bass Strait . Bass discovered Tasmania is an island. He and Matthew Flinders explored much of Australia and were the first to name Australia as a continent.
Hard to believe imprisonment, never to see your children again for over 30 years until her death.
The true story of a young man whose philosophy was to live peacefully, enjoy nature and solitude.
An estimated one million Pangolins smuggled between 2000-2013. They are smuggled for their prized scales for medicine and for meat by Chinese as a delicacy. Yet it has not been proven to have any medicinal benefit.
Explorer, Francisco Pizarro conquered Peru, founded Lima but was also a greedy, brutal, and cruel explorer to the indigenous Inca natives. He enslaved those he didn't kill to build the Presidential Palace of Lima. And in the end, he was executed by his own people.
Was it a myth about extraterrestrials arriving in Africa or could it have happened?
prehistoric skulls have been found with holes in them! Why and for what purpose? Is it done today? Does it help?
The Irish came in droves starving from the famine, poor, hungry but yearning for freedom from decades of British suppression.
Was Ned Kelly a criminal or a Robin Hood for the poor? Many differ on his legacy of Australia. he was born a poor Irishman in Victoria, Australia and did commit crimes but never felt he was a criminal.
A wondrous, beautiful land with thousands of years of history. From indigenous Indians to modern civilization. A eutopia to explore nature among forests and coastlines.
Crater Lake is visited with over 500,000 visitors a year. The lake is known for its clear blue color. it is 1943 ft deep and it was formed as a caldera from an eruption of a volcano.
Truly a legend with his writings, striving to show injustice, poverty and, prejudice in America. He writes with empathy and first-hand knowledge of migrant workers.
Florida, 12,000 years ago was very, very different. The land, the climate, the coming of man, the animals. It was truly a different era.
While Magellan is credited with circumnavigating the world, it was, in fact, Juan Sebastian del Cano who was the first. Magellan did start but died before completing the expedition.
After an accident leaving him blind, he invented Braille for the benefit of thousands all over the world.
The true story of a blind person traveling around the globe and alone!
Even a famous author had his secrets. Somehow they always come to light.
Many years ago, plastic surgery was risky, without anesthesia and few surgeons were able to perform these complicated operations. Today, medical marvels have helped thousands of patients have normal lives.
The mysterious disappearance of several different expeditions has never been fully explained. Some say it was the cannibal Indians, others say they met their demise in the perils of the desert.
Years of exploring trying to find lost city in the Amazon he called "Z". He and his son disappeared on the final expedition never to be heard of again.
There have been five past extinctions and we as humans are creating the sixth. Endangered species are losing ground. As humans together with habitat destruction, pollution, climate change deforestation, over-building, are contributing factors to possible destruction.
Mountain Men were a special breed. Unlike some explorers, they were loners traveling the unknown. Alone, they searched the mountains, encountered hostiles, and braved the elements to find trails and building forts.
The wild, unexplored beautiful British Columbia and fur trading. Establishing forts, exploring rivers, mountains, and, Indigenous natives.
Explorers and Mountain Men braving weather, mountains, food shortages and the unknown to find and open trails to the west for the settlers.
Dale Welksler, is a true expert and authority on motorcycles for over 50 years. He has amassed a collection of rare and unique bikes for display.
Genealogy, a collection of names, dates, places and facts. A jumble of pieces to put together like a puzzle to complete a family tree. It is truly a treasure hunt.
Mt. Shasta is considered a sacred mountain. It is also a spiritual place, a place for visitors from across the globe to find enlightenment and a place to find oneself and offers retreats, camping, hiking, climbing, and water-rafting
Spices add aroma, color, flavor and medicinal properties. Spices were used as far back as with the Egyptians. The Egyptians used spices for flavoring their food, mixed them for their cosmetics and in their embalming rituals.
Cosmetics were first used over 4000 years ago with Egyptians paving the way. They have a unique spot in beauty and cosmetics.
The quest of many explorers searching for the Northwest Passage and the loss of ships and men. The lost ships and crew of Franklin discovered frozen in ice seeking the passage till finally, Ronald Amundsen found the passage 1903-1906.
Car shows always draw a substantial public attendance to see the beauty of historic automobiles and wish we could even own one. The collectors are a rare breed, can afford to collect and hunt for even more.
Best selling author having published over 40 books in print. Several books have been made into movies. A museum and a society are dedicated to honoring him. He has generously given over $100 million in donations to various educational institutions.
Tattoos have a very long history. They have had their ups and downs and today seem to be making a revival of self-expression and artistic freedom.
Yes they were ruthless, criminals and illegal thieves and to be avoided. But they were in their own way a democratic society running their business, many would be hanged and some became millionaires. But they did have their freedom--at least for awhile.
Famous for adventures and underwater exploring incorporating fact and fiction. Over 80 books in print with never ending plots.And 20 times on New York Best Selling List and in over 40 languages.
Here's lady ahead of her time. She believed in equality for women and today would be called a pioneer for women. Having some 27 lovers, she turned the tables on her controlling husband.