Monday, January 18, 2016
1778: Famed explorer Captain James Cook serendipitously stumbles upon the “Sandwich Islands” (Hawaii.) On his second visit in 1779, he is killed by natives for sending back his pastrami on rye. Ironically during his time on the Islands Cook witnessed men being just that, cooked!
John Webber [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Monday, December 14, 2015
1911: Journeyman Ronald Amundsen and his crew discover the South Pole, and get one step closer to answering the age-old question: Does our planet have a cute butt?
Sunday, October 18, 2015
1867: The United States moves in with Alaska after purchasing the territory from Russia for 7.2 million clams. They live together for 92 years before finally making the relationship official in 1959. Meanwhile, Canada insists they are carrying Alaska’s baby.
Sunday, August 2, 2015
1610: Explorer Henry Hudson enters the bay later named after him, the Hudson Bay. Since his crew mutinied and left him for dead, an apology card was also in order. It’s in a bottle, floating out there somewhere. Sorry Hud!
Saturday, March 15, 2014
Monday, March 10, 2014
View of earth from the international space station. Lights, storms, atmosphere. Amazing.
Monday, February 17, 2014
1854: The United Kingdom recognizes the independence of the Orange Free State, which would later become a part of the Union of South Africa. Today the province remains free from the tyranny of Oranges.
Friday, September 20, 2013
Check out the new book Maphead from the Jeopardy guy, Ken Jennings. You gotta love a guy who says his favorite thing as a kid was tearing open National Geographic so he could scope out the maps. The only person nerdier would be someone working on a travel show for kids, huh?
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Whatever your politics, you gotta admit this is amazing!
Thursday, August 2, 2012
The 1956 Summer Olympics were the first to be held in December because they were the first to be held in the southern hemisphere!