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For over 1000 years, England has been a monarchy.…except for eleven years in the 17th century when it wasn’t. During that period, it was ruled by a man by the name of Oliver Cromwell. Cromwell was unquestionably a brilliant general and was also a bit of a hypocrite when it came to politics. He was a highly controversial figure during his life and remains so today. Learn more about Oliver Cromwell, the Lord Protector of England, on this episode of Everything Everywhere Daily.
Located on the tips of our fingers are features known as friction ridges. We evolved them to get a better grip on objects. It just so happens that those friction ridges are unique to every person. That allows us to use friction ridges as unique identifiers and for authorities to use them to catch criminals, and in some ways, we have been doing so for centuries. Learn more about fingerprints and fingerprinting on this episode of Everything Everywhere Daily.
Located in southeastern Europe is the Balkan Peninsula. It is home to multiple ethics groups, languages, and religions. It has one of the most dynamic and confusing histories of anywhere in Europe, with multiple migrations of people arriving over the centuries. Not surprisingly, it has also been the source of many conflicts, some of which are still ongoing today. Learn more about the Balkans, its history, and what it consists of on this episode of Everything Everywhere Daily.
Every year, Christians around the world celebrate Easter. However, when they celebrate Easter can vary dramatically. In fact, the possible dates of Easter can vary by over a month. What most people don’t know is that setting the date for Easter was one of the biggest controversies in the early Christian church. In fact, it was a major reason behind one of the most important councils in history. Learn more about the Easter Controversy, aka Quartodecimanism.
Gravity is the weakest of the fundamental forces of nature, yet, if you have enough of it, it can create the most powerful thing in the known universe: a black hole. The very idea of a black hole didn’t really exist until the early 20th century, and now they are regularly found by the world’s most powerful telescopes. As much as we know about them, there is, even more we don’t know and probably will never know.
Located in the middle of North America lies one of the largest collections of freshwater lakes in the world. These lakes have a unique geological origin, and function like few lakes on Earth. Also, given their location, they are home to several large industrial centers and is part of one of the most important economic waterways on the planet. Learn more about the Great Lakes, how they were made, and their importance on this episode of Everything Everywhere Daily.
In 1947, a Norwegian adventurer named Thor Heyerdahl set out to prove a theory of his that the people of Polynesia came there from South America. To prove his theory, he built a raft out of local materials in Peru and set sail across the Pacific. His voyage was successful, but the same couldn’t be said for his theories. Learn more about Thor Heyerdahl and the Kon-Tiki Expedition on this episode of Everything Everywhere Daily.
Depending on how you define it, there were approximately 70 Roman Emperors. They were a mixed bag ranging from philosophers to the insane, from generals to children. Some were truly horrible, but some were actually pretty good at their job. In particular, there were five consecutive emperors who reigned during the peak of Pax Romana. Learn more about the Five Good Emperors on this episode of Everything Everywhere Daily.
Throughout history, people have bet on everything and anything. From the mundane to the extremely important. From casino bets to bets on science, and even the future of humanity. These bets can serve as vehicles to win or lose tons of money or as a way to prove a point. Other times they are just done on a lark. Either way, bets, and wagers have literally shaped history. Learn more about some of the world’s greatest wagers on this episode of Everything Everywhere Daily.
Canada has a reputation for being a rather low-key, friendly place. For the most part, this is true. It is a nice place to visit and is not usually in turmoil. However, that hasn’t always been the case. Fifty years ago, Canadians faced the threat of extremism and terrorism, and it almost did irreparable damage to the country. Learn more about Quebec’s October Crisis of 1970 on this episode of Everything Everywhere Daily.
In most academic disciplines, there is often a single idea or discovery which makes everything fall into place. All of the things which didn’t make sense before suddenly do when looked through this new lens. These eye-opening discoveries usually occur in the hard sciences, but one such advancement also took place in the field of economics. Learn more about the Marginal Revolution and how it changed economic through on this episode of Everything Everywhere Daily.
Perhaps the most important research in anthropology is how modern humans left their birthplace in Africa and migrated to the rest of the world. One big subset of that story is how humans managed to get to the Americas. It is a tale that has resulted in theories being updated several times based on new evidence. Learn more about human migration to the Americans and our current best guess as to how it happened on this episode of Everything Everywhere Daily.
As soon as humans developed systems of writing, they faced a problem. What to do with all of the things that were written down? If you were going to document the lives of kings or tax records, then you need to be able to reference these details at some later date. The solution to the problem was the creation of repositories for documents. While they have changed dramatically over time, the same basic institutions are still with us today.
Over the span of human history, there are certain ideas that humans have had a very difficult time accepting. Ideas that no one has any problem with today and are even grasped by children actually took centuries to take root. Perhaps this is no more true than with the concept of negative numbers. Learn more about negative numbers and how they went from being absurd to commonplace on this episode of Everything Everywhere Daily.
In the 19th century, the first real American sport took off in popularity: baseball. It went from being a children’s game to one of the most popular and lucrative professional sports in the world. Yes, its origins have been shrouded in mystery, in no small part because of all the legends and myths surrounding it. Learn more about baseball, how it really came to be and grew into the global sport it is today, on this episode of Everything Everywhere Daily.
On March 27th, 1964, the second-greatest earthquake in recorded history struck the state of Alaska. It was an absolute monster of an earthquake, completely devastating communities, including Alaska’s capital, Anchorage. The quake was so great that people could feel it 1,200 miles away in Seattle. Despite its power, the secondary effects of the earthquake might have been even worse. Learn more about the 1964 Alaskan Good Friday earthquake on this episode of Everything Everywhere Daily.
For over two thousand years, China lived under imperial rule. A series of dynasties and emperors were the defining feature of Chinese governance. However, in the early 20th century, China threw off its imperial rulers and became, for the first time in its history, a republic. Much of the reason why China became a republic was due to one man. Learn more about Sun Yat-sen and the downfall of imperial China on this episode of Everything Everywhere Daily.
Located in the heart of South America is the Amazon, the world’s largest river. It isn’t just big, it is by almost any measure you can think of the world’s largest river, and it is so by a wide margin. In addition to the river itself, the Amazon basin is the location of one of the greatest collections of biodiversity on the planet. It is home to millions of species of plants and animals. Learn more about the Amazon, the world’s largest river, on this episode of Everything Everywhere Daily.
Located at the northernmost end of the Adriatic Sea lies the city of Venice. Venice is truly unlike any other city in the world. It is a collection of 118 small islands connected by bridges and ferries. Its unique geography allowed Venice to become one of the most powerful cities in the world, both militarily and economically. Today it remains one of the world’s greatest tourist destinations. Learn more about Venice and its rise and fall on this episode of Everything Everywhere Daily.
In October 1962, a U-2 spy plane discovered Soviet nuclear missile sites in Cuba. The subsequent 13 days were some of the tensest in human history. The United States and the Soviet Union came closer to nuclear war than at any point in the cold war. It was only a last-minute cooling of tensions that prevented a global calamity. Learn more about the Cuban Missile Crisis and how it was resolved on this episode of Everything Everywhere Daily.
In 1887, the German physicist Heinrich Hertz discovered radio waves. While the first practical use of this discovery was communication, there were also some who realized that radio waves could serve another purpose. It was possible to use these radio waves to detect objects at a distance. It was something that revolutionized warfare and weather forecasting and might revolutionize consumer technology. Learn more about RADAR, how it works, and how it was developed.
In the early 1950s, a new type of music burst forth, which had its roots in blues, gospel, country, and swing. This new music took the world by storm and was as controversial as it was successful. This music has spawned countless variations, some of which are so different that it is hard to see how it evolved. Learn more about the origins of rock and roll and how it came to dominate music on this episode of Everything Everywhere Daily.
In 19th century America, a movement began to take areas of exceptional natural beauty and preserve them. This idea of setting aside land for the purpose of preservation is something that was never really taken seriously before. These areas became known as national parks, and they spawned a movement of land preservation that spread around the world and continues to this day. Learn more about National Parks, America’s best idea, on this episode of Everything Everywhere Daily.
Every since the lands of the New World were mapped, people dreamt of creating a canal through Central America to connect the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. For almost 500 years, that dream was just that. A dream. Creating such a canal would require one of the greatest engineering projects in human history. It was finally achieved in the early 20th century with an enormous amount of machinery, money, human lives, and a whole lot of political arm-twisting. Learn more about the Panama Canal.
There are four things that are considered to be the Great Inventions of Ancient China: gunpowder, the compass, the printing press, and paper. Despite the incredible impact that all four things have had on the world, the greatest cultural and social impact might very well be paper. Even in a world awash in digital information, paper can still be found all around us for a wide variety of uses. Learn more about paper and how it changed the world on this episode of Everything Everywhere Daily.