A breakfast staple for Americans on the go, coffee and doughnuts are one of the stereotypical images we have of American culture. Why are they called doughnuts and why has their popularity endured?
Why do US high schools and colleges refer to the years of study as Freshman, Sophomore, Junior and Senior? Where do the titles come from? Are they used in education systems in other countries?
Downton Abbey portrays a grand house with many servants, but what was life really like for a typical Victorian servant? Maids of all work were often the only servant and had to do all the work!
What was life really like for servants like those in Downton Abbey? What rights did they have? What impact did technological developments have of the servant class?
The Victoria age which spanned from 1837 to 1901, saw great changes in technology, industrialization and population growth. Those with the means employed servants for every aspect of running a home. In fact the 1851 census of England, Scotland and...
Although mid-winter celebrations and festivals had taken place for centuries prior to the Victorian age, Christmas and its symbols and traditions did not really become common place until the Victorian era. Many factors influenced the way British people began to practice activities such as gift...
Cars, horse-drawn vehicles and pedestrians have travelled on the left hand side of the road for centuries in the UK. Why is this the case? Where did this system originate?
A swap is a small handmade craft that scouts exchange with each other. Usually handmade, they include a pin for storage and often include information about the givers troop or location.
Yorkshire pudding is a staple for any British Roast Dinner. Made with egg, flour, milk and fat, its fluffy, crispy texture makes it a favorite. How is it made? Where did the recipe originate?
What were the conditions like aboard ship for working class emigrants? How long did the journey take? What were they given to eat?
A bridging ceremony in Girl Scouts symbolizes moving to another level of Scouting. Daisies to Brownies, Brownies to Juniors, Juniors to Cadettes . . . .
Why is the 10 cent coin called a dime? Where did the name come from?
Ever wondered why a nickel is called a nickel? Where did the name come from?
My Weird School books are perfect for both boys and girls, they are funny, have memorable characters and are a perfect introduction to chapter books, particularly for reluctant readers.
What does it mean to be Welsh? What is Welsh Heritage? What traditions, language and food are important to Welsh people?