In the third century, the Roman Empire was being invaded by Goths. At the same time, the Plague of Cyprian, probably smallpox, broke out killing at its height 5,000 people a day. So many died that the Roman army was depleted of soldiers. Needing more soldiers to fight the invading Goths, and believing that men […]
10 Dark Origins of Beloved Organizations
Question: what do the Nobel Prize, ASPCA, Planned Parenthood and Batman all have in common? The answer is their shockingly dark origin stories. It turns ou
Learn the True Origins of the Etymology
If you've been part of the guitars scene for a while, you've probably heard the term "Axe" being referred to the guitar instrument. At first, I thought it's a nickname given to a specific type of guitars, but the curiosity made me dig into this etymology deeper, as it is indeed an interesting one, and search for the true origins of its existence. So why guitar is called axe by quite a large number of guitar players? Read on and see what I…
The Surprising Origins of the Phrase 'You Guys'
You guys, what’s going on? How come we routinely say “guys” or “you guys” when talking to a group of two or more?
What's the Real Origin of OK?
There are many stories of its origin, but here's the one that's lexicographer-approved.
What's the origin of the "Michigan left?"
This summer, we launched our new M I Curious project. Reporters at Michigan Radio are trying to find answers to your questions. A few weeks ago, Michigan
What's the Origin of the Word "Dude"?
For some time now, we have known the basic outline of the story of “dude.” The word was first used in the late 1800s as a term of mockery for young men who were overly concerned with keeping up with the latest fashions.
Origins: The Journey of Humankind
Once we had the tools to erect tall buildings, their height was still limited by one thing: our willingness to walk up all those stairs. Enter: the Otis elev...
What Are the Origins of May Day?
We are publishing original material by Rosa Luxemburg on the origins and history of May Day. Be sure to register for the International May Day 2016. The happy idea of using a proletarian holiday celebration as a means to attain the eight-hour day was first born in Australia. The workers t
The origins of 10 publishers' names
What is Single Origin
A few days ago some articles appeared on CoffeeGeek talking about the state of espresso in 2010. The bulk of the discussion was on Single Origin (SO) coffee as espresso and the writer, Mark Prince had some very tight definitions on what he considered Single Origin coffee to be "What is Single Origin? It is -- simply put -- one type of bean from one area of one farm (sometimes called a microlot) roasted one way." Further, he wrote: "If the coffee is…
What is the origin of the word ‘OK’?
What is the origin of the word “OK”? I was less concerned with the origin of the word than with determining when it came into common usage in the United States. I certainly grew up usi…
The Origins of 'Spygate': 10 Questions
Commentary News that Attorney General William Barr appointed U.S. Attorney John Durham to examine the origins of the ...
What Are The Origins Of Groundhog Day?
Every February 2nd, residents of the US look to a groundhog in Pennsylvania to tell them how long winter will last. Aside from the mysterious origins of the climatological logic, the tradition itself is hard to make sense of.
What is the origin of the ampersand symbol (&)?
The origin of ampersand (&) is traced back to the Latin word 'et', meaning 'and'. The letters E and T were written together and the symbol was first discovered on a wall in Pompeii. The symbol was later taught as a part of the alphabet in the 1800s and the name 'ampersand' was suggested to mean 'and, per se and'.
The Real Origins of 4/20
It's 4/20. Roll one with us as we revisit the lingering theories of how this infamous date—April 20th—came to be.
The Origin Of The Term "Gamer"
Exploring the etymology of terms like "gamer," "easter egg," "game mechanics," and "side-scrolling," plus a history of the first US gaming magazine.
The History And Origin of '4/20'
It seems like whenever somebody mentions '4/20' a smile comes to a face. That's because that is the time established to light up and take a toke.
What is the origin of the '@' sign?
The @ sign is one that lots of us use every day, but where did it come from? Our video will tell you about its roots, and how it was used historically.