Posts Tagged ‘History’

This Knowledge Is Also Helping Him To Understand Current Events As Well

February 16, 2021

One thing my son is starting to learn from history is how often it has been said, “How dare somebody do to us what we did to other people!”.

A LOT More

December 11, 2020

The world needs more cranky historians saying things like, “No, they didn’t kill the king, they killed his brother, and this did not end the monarchy; it actually made things worse. Furthermore they didn’t kill the king’s brother in the name of democracy, they killed him because he made a pass at someone and they objected to that. Get your facts straight!”

Because Understanding That Is The Only Way To Make Sense Of Some Things

November 19, 2020

If there can be only one thing my son learns from studying history, I hope that he learns how strongly the past can resonate into the present and future.

“Ramesses SMASH!”

October 9, 2020

While it turns out that I already knew that the mummy of Ramesses II was taken to Paris at one point for some restoration work, today I learned that to kill a variety of fungi that had taken up residence, they actually bombarded the ancient preserved corpse with gamma radiation to sterilize it.

Why has nobody made a comic book out of this yet?

Something Inspired By Today’s History Lesson

September 17, 2020

One person’s “I invaded this country annually for eighteen years until they learned to give me the respect (i.e., tribute) I feel is my due,” is another person’s “For eighteen years this idiot told us he had ‘conquered’ us and that we ‘owed’ him something, and for eighteen years we disagreed.”

What A Concept!

August 27, 2020

Today I learned the secret of how Flinders Petrie discovered so many small artifacts at his archeological digs when many of his contemporaries were only finding large statues and the like.

Petrie actually paid his workers a fair market value for what they found if they brought it to him.

So Not Great, But It Could Be A Lot, LOT Worse!

June 16, 2020

On a personal note, I’m doing alright so far, but there are times I feel a bit like that guy who was across the bay from Pompeii in 79 AD.

It’s Just Something I’ve Come To Accept

September 11, 2019

These days I always feel on edge on this particular date, and not because (as social media reminded me) two years ago at this time I was busy assuring people Irma hadn’t killed us.

An Age Old Problem

June 18, 2014

Nobody reveres and idolizes a time period quite like those who didn’t live during it.