The Curious Historian

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The Disaster of the Sykes-Picot Agreement

I often read about an event in history and think to myself, I could see how those leaders tried to do the best thing, despite their ignorance. Sometimes, they don’t have all the information needed to make rational decisions, so they do the best they can, for better or worse. 

Then, there are other times when I read something and think to myself, what the fuck were they thinking? The Sykes-Picot Agreement is one of those times. Actually, I’m still baffled that this actually happened.

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A Quick Note…

Just wanted to let you know I haven’t forgotten about blogging! I’ve been going through some crazy changes in the past few weeks. I started a new job, I’m in the process of moving, and after a few weeks of being computerless, I got a new mac! So now that I have the technological means to blog, I’ll be researching new historical topics and writing up a storm soon. Thanks for visiting and sticking with me!

Vibrators are a Girl’s Best Friend

I recently watched a great movie called “Hysteria” which, to my surprise, was not a horror movie. It was about the first female vibrator! This movie had everything: history, comedy, sex, Hugh Dancy… seriously, what more could a girl want? However, there is one scary part of the movie. I learned that the origins of the female vibrator are horrifically sexist and oppressive. Continue reading “Vibrators are a Girl’s Best Friend”

A Cut Above the Rest

A haircut so influential, it transformed civilization.

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Fun Fact Friday: The Legend of the Knight’s Jump

The Heidelberg Palace has many hidden gems among the beautiful ruins, but one gem in particular has a mysterious origin.

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A Woman 100 Years Ahead of Her Time

Who invented the first computer? I’ll give you a hint: she’s considered the mother of computer programming.

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Frequency Illusion, It’s Everywhere

Have you ever learned about something and afterwards you start seeing it all the time? Yeah, me too… it’s strange! Why does it happen? Continue reading “Frequency Illusion, It’s Everywhere”

Disoriented? Here’s Why

Ladies and gentlemen, etymology is goddamn beautiful. I’ll give you an example why:

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Radio City Spectacular

Towards the end of 1932, The United States was experiencing the most catastrophic economic crisis of the 20th century. Naturally, the last thing on everyone’s minds was spending money. Everyone except for multibillionaire John D. Rockefeller, Jr. who had a multimillion dollar idea.

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