History Schmistory: January 18. Alo-hoy!

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

John Webber [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

 

History Schmistory: December 14. Don’t be shy, Earth!

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? …See for yourself…

 

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http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/56/Map_of_the_McMurdo-South_Pole_highway.jpg 

Adorable.

History Schmistory: October 18. Happy Alaska Day!

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.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/85/Alaska_purchase.jpg

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/85/Alaska_purchase.jpg

History Schmistory: Yo Ferdman & Izzy–I’m back!

1493. Christopher Columbus returns to Spain after 1st new world voyage. He brings potatoes, stories of Indians, and “Dancing with the Stars.”

Earth is cool.

View of earth from the international space station. Lights, storms, atmosphere.  Amazing.

History Schmistory: February 17. Orange you glad we’re a free state?

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.

Are you super boring? This book is for you!

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?

 

Marco’s Favorite Senator

Whatever your politics, you gotta admit this is amazing!

History Schmistory, Olympics Edition: Merry Summer Olympics!

The 1956 Summer Olympics were the first to be held in December because they were the first to be held in the southern hemisphere!

Santy the Sand Man?

History Schmistory, July 2: Baffled By Baffin!

1578 - Martin Frobisher sighted Baffin Island. This is super great, however, it is the 5th largest island in the world & would slightly hard to miss!

Where’s Baffin? I can’t seem to find it. It should be called Waldo Island.

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