The Serpents of Liberty
From the colonial period to the end of the US Civil War, the rattlesnake sssssssymbolized everything from evil to unity and power.
Why Hot Air Balloons Never Really (Ahem) Took Off
More than two centuries after the invention of ballooning, Steve Fossett became the first person to solo circumnavigate the world in a balloon.
How Benjamin Franklin’s Almanac Appealed to the Common Man
Why did Benjamin Franklin become an American patriot when he was such a loyal son of the Crown for so long?
Mesmerizing Jonathan Miller
Read a 2001 Keynote Address from comedian and scholar Jonathan Miller from the Social Research conference on Franz Anton Mesmer (1734-1815).
Let’s Talk Turkey
First of all, why the name "turkey?"