<![CDATA[Random History]]> http://www.randomhistory.com/ Tue, 31 Mar 15 05:32:36 -0700en-usShuRecent Randomhistory Articles <![CDATA[The Drug that Would Not Die: A History of Heroin]]> http://www.randomhistory.com/heroin-history.html Heroin is an opioid, derived from the sap of opium poppies (Papaver somniferum), which began to be cultivated by ancient civilizations such as the Mesopotamians around 3400 B.C. Opium was first used in Egypt and Persia, and from there use spread to Europe, India, and China. It wasnt until the 19th century that physicians in the United Kingdom and the United States began to und...]]> Mon, 30 Mar 2015 15:11:06 -0700 <![CDATA[Close to the Skin: A History of Shaving]]> http://www.randomhistory.com/shaving-history.html Humans have always had to deal with hair removal. This seems to have been part of human culture since the Stone Age, when our hunter-gatherer forebears began to sharpen the edges of flint and other items to rid their faces of unwanted hair.

Evidence shows ancient Hindu Indians shaved, while the Egyptians were the first culture to fashion a razor from metals and ...]]> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 16:48:56 -0800 <![CDATA[The Affectionate Embrace: A History of Hugging]]> http://www.randomhistory.com/hugging-history.html A hug is one of the most simple and unadorned gestures of affection. To hug means to clasp or hold closely, especially in ones arms, to embrace and enfold in affection. It can also mean to hold fast or to cherish (Keating).

While the actual history of the physical gesture does not seem to be able to be traced, the word hug and its corresponding action have been exp...]]> Mon, 09 Feb 2015 17:04:49 -0800 <![CDATA[Struggle for a Promised Land: A History of Palestine]]> http://www.randomhistory.com/palestine-history.html Palestines history is ancient. It is located in between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River in the Middle East. It is also called the Holy Land because it is the birthplace of two of the worlds major religions, Judaism and Christianity, and sacred to a third, Islam. It is the land where holy prophets walked. It was also the crossroads of the worlds major civilizations, including the Egyp...]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 17:25:29 -0800 <![CDATA[Microbes, Miracles, and Medicine: A History of Antibiotics]]> http://www.randomhistory.com/antibiotics-history.html For a long period, humans did not understand what caused disease, much less how to treat pathogenic illness. However, since the end of the 19th century, medical science began to understand the true roots of illnesses caused by pathogens, such as harmful bacteria and viruses. The resulting understanding has led to the invention of antibiotics, medicine created specifically to battle the harmful ...]]> Mon, 12 Jan 2015 22:24:25 -0800 <![CDATA[In Memory of Shipwrecked Slaves: A History of Tromelin Island]]> http://www.randomhistory.com/tromelin-island.html Tromelin Island, or le de Tromelin, is a low, flat, uninhabited island that is a part of the les parses (Scattered Islands) archipelago in the southwestern Indian Ocean, about 280 miles (450 km) east of Madagascar. Jean Marie Briand de la Feuille, commander of the ship La Diane of the French East India Company, officially discovered Tromelin Island in 1722 while he was travelling from ...]]> Tue, 30 Dec 2014 16:23:52 -0800 <![CDATA[The King of Condiments:: A History of Ketchup]]> http://www.randomhistory.com/ketchup-history.html Just south of downtown Collinsville, Illinois, on Route 159 stands a 70-foot steel ketchup bottle on top of a 100-foot tower. Painted on the side of the bottle is the label Brooks Tomato Catsup. With a holding capacity of 100,000 gallons, it is the largest ketchup container in the world (Wince). However, it has never held any ketchup. It is a water tower in the shape of a ketchup bottle, meant ...]]> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 15:12:28 -0800 <![CDATA[Organizing America: A History of the ZIP Code]]> http://www.randomhistory.com/zip-code-history.html In 1962, Elvis Presley had a hit song Return to Sender, which he performed in the film Girls! Girls! Girls! The song is about a man mailing a letter to his girlfriend after an argument. She keeps writing on the letter Return to sender. In one of the verses of the song, Elvis sings no such number, no such zone. (Presley). The phrase no such zone refers to the one of the most important i...]]> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:21:38 -0700 <![CDATA[The Reckoning of Time: A History of the Calendar]]> http://www.randomhistory.com/calendar-history.html In the year 1267, an English friar named Roger Bacon wrote a letter to Pope Clement IV, in which he appealed to the pontiff to correct a problem with time itself. According to his calculations, Bacon figured that the current Julian calendar was 11 minutes longer than the actual solar year. Bacon figured that this miscalculation amounted to an error of an entire day every 125 yearswhich, he figu...]]> Thu, 15 May 2014 17:09:40 -0700 <![CDATA[Grappling with the Void: A History of Zero]]> http://www.randomhistory.com/zero-history.html As the end of 1999 approached, world media became more and more concerned with the notion of Y2K, or the Millennium Bug. This concern centered on the number zero (0). When programmers initially wrote the computer code that would control some of our most important daily functions such as transportation and banking, they were frugal in using memory space. When it came to dating any process that c...]]> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 00:43:46 -0800