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...
JFK's Forgotten Joint Moon Mission Proposal with the USSR
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On September 20, 1963, the President of the United States stood at the podium before the U.N. General Assembly and prepared himself for the shock waves that would follow his proposal: the United States and the Soviet Union should work together in a joint space mission in order to reach the moon.
A Deeper Look at "Lord of the Flies"
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In 1954, author William Golding published Lord of the Flies, a deeply engaging novel about stranded British boys struggling to survive on a remote island. Written less than a decade after the end of World War II and in the midst of the Cold War, Lord of the Flies took a harsh interpretation of human nature through the prism of schoolboys. The...
The Mystery of the Flatwoods Monster
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The Flatwoods Monster, or the Braxton County Monster, is a story that has captivated UFO hunters and paranormal investigators for decades now. With seven eyewitnesses who were willing to explain what they saw, the story took root in the imagination of the entire country. On September 12, 1952, three young boys were playing in a schoolyard in...
Socrates Hated Democracy
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You'd be hard pressed to find a person that hasn't heard of the legendary classical Greek philosopher, Socrates. Born in 399 BC, Socrates spent the majority of his 71 years on earth contemplating the many core aspects of human existence with such passion and tenacity that he is widely credited today as being one of the main creators of Western...
Search for the Legendary Kraken
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Any great and lasting myth is always lightly dusted with golden flakes of truth, and it's probably no different when it comes to the famous legend of the Kraken sea monster. The Kraken has been described in Nordic folklore as a nightmarishly huge cephalopod creature that touted its penchant for the destruction of large ships and lustful...