Showdown at the O.K. Corral: 30 Shots in 30 Seconds
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At roughly 2:30 p.m., four men walked down the street in Tombstone, AZ. The day was October 26, 1881. These men were the Earp brothers--Virgil, Wyatt, and Morgan--and their close friend, Doc Holliday. With Virgil as the town marshal, they were prepared to arrest a group of cowboys that were waiting for Doc Holliday outside of his home after a...
Church of the Holy Sepulchre: Microcosm of the Holy Land
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Exactly one thousand and nine years ago today, on October 18, 1009 AD, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre was completely destroyed following an order given by Fatimid caliph Al-Hakim to destroy all Christian places of worship throughout Palestine and Egypt. Very few parts of the original church are still intact, and according to chroniclers of...
The NPC Meme: Time to Wake Up and Start Thinking for Yourself
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A simple meme poking fun at the relentless, permanent post-election "resist" culture in America is creating shockwaves throughout social media. The original meme is known as "NPC Wojak" and is a simplistic drawing of a person with gray skin and a blank, expressionless face. The term "NPC" is a reference to video game culture. In the world of...
The Downfall of the Knights Templar
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The city of Jerusalem was conquered by Arab armies in 638 AD. At this time, a treaty was signed between the Rashidun caliph Umar ibn al-Khattab and the Christian Patriarch of Jerusalem, Sophronius, which promised to protect the Christian holy sites while under Muslim rule. For the next four hundred or so years, Jerusalem found itself in the...
The "New and Dangerous Opinions" of Roger Williams
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The son of a tailor, and pioneer for religious liberty and government humility, Roger Williams was born at the opening of the 17th century in London. His views congealed as he witnessed the brutal oppression of Puritans, Separatists and other religious minorities at the hands of the established Church of England. Those deemed heretics were...
The McCollum Memo: Did the U.S. Provoke the Pearl Harbor Attack?
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For those alive today who have witnessed national deliberations about whether to enter an armed conflict, they have seen nothing compared to what happened before World War II. At that time, the isolationists held real sway over public opinion. There was a strong perception that the war in Europe was Europe’s problem and the United States should...
The Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe
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Edgar Allan Poe, perhaps one of the most famous poets and writers of 19th century, has left an indelible mark on the world of literature. The author of famous poems and stories such as, "The Telltale Heart," "The Pit and the Pendulum," and "The Fall of the House of Usher," Poe is most remembered for his ability to weave his mournful and...
"Die Zauberflöte" and Mozart's Ties to Freemasonry
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Freemasonry is often considered to be a controversial subject because the organization maintains a veil secrecy about its goals, membership and philosophy. From the Morgan Affair to the Taxil hoax, Freemasonry commonly finds itself in the crosshairs of a multitude of conspiracy theories and it garners a certain level of public distrust because...
The Bill of Rights in a Modern, Digital World
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The addition of a Bill of Rights to the United States Constitution was actually a fairly unpopular idea at the time of its framing. Even James Madison, its chief architect, was opposed to the idea. In fact, Madison didn't even take the idea seriously until Thomas Jefferson managed to convince him that a Bill of Rights was necessary. Since there...
The Incredible Story of the Dead Sea Scrolls
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On September 22, 1991, the Dead Sea Scrolls were made public for the first time when the Huntington Library of California released them on microfilm. This gave independent researchers and scholars, as well as the general public, the opportunity to study the treasure trove of incredibly important ancient manuscripts. Prior to their release, only...