Category Archives: History

Christmas Post: The Surprisingly Manly History of Hot Cocoa

Okay, technically this is not about Christmas; but like eggnog, Macy’s, Bing Cosby, and bad sweaters; Hot Cocoa has been strongly associated with the holiday as long as I can remember.

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The Pilgrims and Property Rights

The story of the Pilgrims; minus the disease and the military agreements with natives: The Pilgrims founded their colony at Plymouth Plantation in December 1620 and promptly started dying off in droves. As the colony’s early governor, William Bradford, wrote … Continue reading

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A Brief History of Santa

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Can Texas Secede from the Union?

There’s an embarrassing amount of facts in this video I didn’t know (being a person who lives in Texas n’ all.)

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The Six “Killer Apps” of Prosperity

Niall Ferguson talks at TED about the six “killer apps” that cause a society to be successful. That is, the factors that distinguish successful societies from unsuccessful ones. The apps are as follows: 1. Competition 2. Scientific Revolution 3. Property … Continue reading

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The Difference between the United Kingdom, Great Britain and England Explained

I found this very informative.

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200 Countries, 200 Years, 4 Minutes

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Are We Losing Our Biodiversity?

Keep in mind that time is moving backwards on this graph, from left to right:   So, what does this tell us about how our planet is evolving? Of course, one must keep in mind that measuring biodiversity millions of … Continue reading

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Building an Atlatl

If you want to build something this weekend that’s not terribly hard but enormously fun, I suggest you take a page from MAKE magazine and build an Atlatl. I built one a couple weekends ago, and why I would love … Continue reading

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Good News: Crime is Down. Bad News: Nobody Knows

There are many philosophers who claim that the most rational default mental position is one of pessimism; while I understand where they are coming from (pessimistic people are more careful, more discriminating), I have to disagree. Given sufficient evidence, I … Continue reading

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