<![CDATA[Random History]]> http://www.randomhistory.com/ Sat, 03 Oct 15 21:56:16 -0700en-usShuRecent Randomhistory Articles <![CDATA[Flashes, Booms, Bangers, and Wheels: A History of Fireworks]]> http://www.randomhistory.com/fireworks-history.html They have names like roman candles, bangers, blinkers, cakes, Catherine wheels, cherry bombs, gerbs, fountains, and firecrackers. They were most likely invented by the Chinese around 200 B.C., although some historians claim they may have been invented in India or by the Arabs. The invading Mongols brought some with them during their invasion of Europe in the 12th century. From there, they becam...]]> Thu, 03 Sep 2015 16:33:21 -0700 <![CDATA[A High and Mighty Liquor: A History of Beer]]> http://www.randomhistory.com/beer-history.html The word beer conjures up tall, sweaty glasses of sudsy, golden beverage. Made primarily from malt (a grain, such as barley), hops, yeast, and water, it is most likely the oldest alcoholic drink made by man. It is enjoyed in almost every culture and country in the world. Julius Caesar proclaimed it a high and might liquor (Bamforth). The late pop star Michael Jackson was even fond of saying tha...]]> Fri, 07 Aug 2015 16:45:02 -0700 <![CDATA[Bellum Sacrum: A Brief History of 10 of the Worlds Major Religious Wars]]> http://www.randomhistory.com/religious-wars-history.html A statement was once made that religion has been the cause of all the major wars in history (Armstrong). However, all of these major wars are not necessarily considered bellum sacrum, or holy wars (Tyerman 2004). From a list of 1,763 wars, only 123 have actually been classified to involve a religious cause, accounting for less than 7 percent of all wars and 2 percent of all people kill...]]> Fri, 29 May 2015 15:58:17 -0700 <![CDATA[From Crocodile Dung Pessaries to the Pill: A History of Birth Control]]> http://www.randomhistory.com/birth-control-history.html Birth controlor contraception, which means the deliberate use of artificial methods or other techniques to prevent pregnancy as a consequence of sexual intercourse (Knowles)may seem like a relatively modern topic, and it is surely controversial. However, humans have been using a dizzying array of birth control methods since ancient times, and some of these might seem bizarre or have proved to b...]]> Thu, 23 Apr 2015 17:18:56 -0700 <![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