<![CDATA[Random History]]> http://www.randomhistory.com/ Wed, 20 Sep 17 15:01:57 -0700en-usShuRecent Randomhistory Articles <![CDATA[From Armor to Abstract Art: A History of Quilting]]> http://www.randomhistory.com/quilting-history.html Quilts have long been a part of American history, used by women of all economic statuses to express themselves creatively in a purposeful way. Quilts serve as gifts, heirlooms, home dcor, and even symbols for cultures around the world. Trends in quilting have been influenced by material availability, political happenings, and inventions of new techniques and tools.

...]]> Fri, 18 Dec 2015 16:01:19 -0800 <![CDATA[From Hobby to Internet Sensation: A History of Yahoo! Inc.]]> http://www.randomhistory.com/yahoo-history.html The Internet is an expansive web of sites on almost any topic you can think of. To help you navigate these sites and find the ones you want to visit, you probably use a search engine. When the World Wide Web had just begun, however, there wasn't much to guide the average user unless you paid for an account with a company such as AOL or Microsoft Network.

B...]]> Thu, 19 Nov 2015 16:02:17 -0800 <![CDATA[Multistranded Magic: A History of Knitting]]> http://www.randomhistory.com/knitting-history.html Knitting is the process by which a person makes loops of thread which interlock row by row. It involves holding a needle and some yarn and then forming stitches to create socks, sweaters, scarves, dressesalmost any garment or shape. Knitting evenly is basically a matter of making all your stitches the same size. Knitting can be done standing up or sitting down and is an activity that was histor...]]> Thu, 29 Oct 2015 16:37:32 -0700 <![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