<![CDATA[Random History]]> http://www.randomhistory.com/ Fri, 30 Jan 15 10:26:15 -0800en-usShuRecent Randomhistory Articles <![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 <![CDATA[The Final Frontier of Dining: A History of Pizza]]> http://www.randomhistory.com/history-of-pizza.html Etymology and Origins

If there is a food that is simultaneously a dish, a symbol, and a ritual, that food is pizza (Silver Spoon). Beloved worldwide, there is no better known type of cuisine than pizza. Pizza itself originated in the area of todays Israel (Israel, Cyprus, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, and Syria) where the pizza was first called pita, a simple flatb...]]> Sun, 01 Dec 2013 12:24:47 -0800 <![CDATA[A History of Popcorn: From Native Domestication through the Rise of Redenbacher]]> http://www.randomhistory.com/popcorn-history.html American History magazine contributor Joseph Gustaitis says it best when he suggests that popcorn may be Americas national food. Corn, from which popcorn is derived, is a species native to the Western Hemisphere and was introduced to European colonists by indigenous peoples. But corn wasnt widely popped by Anglo-Saxon people in America until the middle of the nineteenth century. In its...]]> Fri, 01 Feb 2013 13:32:41 -0800 <![CDATA[From the Old Course to the World: The History of Golf]]> http://www.randomhistory.com/history-of-golf.html Hushed crowds several rows deep line the greens of one of the worlds pre-eminent golf courses. The golfer, sporting clearly branded apparel, drops down to her stomach to size up the topography of the perfectly manicured green. She practices a couple of strokes before stepping up to the ball. The sound of the club face striking the ball pops lightly but audibly, sending the ball on its jour...]]> Wed, 21 Sep 2011 06:24:59 -0700