Category Archives: World History

The Dandelion: Lawn Wars in Suburban America.

Jerry Anderson   August 16, 2016   Comments Off on The Dandelion: Lawn Wars in Suburban America.
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One of the items that settlers and colonists brought with them from Europe was a small, hearty and persistent plant whose leaves had jagged edges and reminded someone of the sharp teeth of a lion. In French, the words “tooth of the lion” are “dent de lion.” The English in America anglicized the phrase and made it into one word:… Read more »

Who began the practice of “scalping” in U.S. history?

Jerry Anderson   August 4, 2016   Comments Off on Who began the practice of “scalping” in U.S. history?
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One of the myths of American history is that “scalping” was a vicious and brutal practice invented by Native Americans to terrorize early settlers. This is not true, because scalping predated by nearly 2000 years of world history the arrival of Europeans in the New World. Actually, it was an old EUROPEAN tradition brought to the New World and used… Read more »

When someone tells a good story why is it called “spinning a yarn”?

Jerry Anderson   July 21, 2016   Comments Off on When someone tells a good story why is it called “spinning a yarn”?
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“Don’t know much about history”? There is an old saying that we will forget much more than we will ever remember. Perhaps it is true, but the things we tend to remember are the engaging and interesting items that history books do not present to us. They remain on the fringe, just over the horizon, around the next corner, in… Read more »

How did “tipping” originate? What does it have to do with “capital punishment”?

Jerry Anderson   April 22, 2016   Comments Off on How did “tipping” originate? What does it have to do with “capital punishment”?
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Some historians believe that the practice of “tipping” began in England in the 1600s when restaurants had small boxes labeled “T.I.P.” (to insure promptness) mounted on the wall near their entrances. Before being seated, customers placed coins in the box in order to guarantee that the service would be good and the food tasty. This does make more sense than… Read more »

A Short History of Winnie The Pooh: World War I, The Rolling Stones and Maroon 5’s “Moves Like Jagger.”

Jerry Anderson   March 18, 2016   Comments Off on A Short History of Winnie The Pooh: World War I, The Rolling Stones and Maroon 5’s “Moves Like Jagger.”
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It is bewildering how an event remembered for its violence and brutality coincidentally left us, as one of its most enduring legacies, a piece of innocence, joy and fun which will exist in our collective cultural memory forever. World War I is the event in question that is still studied by historians today because of its monstrous and exorbitant death… Read more »