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The Muses

The Muses

Jul 26, 2013

Of all the Olympic deities, none occupy a more distinguished position than the Muses, the nine beautiful daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne. In their original signification, they presided merely over music, song, and dance; but with the progress of civilization the arts and sciences claimed their special presiding divinities, and we see these graceful creations,...

Bugs Bunny A Wild Hare

Bugs Bunny A Wild Hare

Jul 25, 2013

Historians consider the July 27, 1940 release of A Wild Hare as the first ‘official’ Bugs Bunny short. Though not named in the short, he appears in his fully developed form along with Elmer Fudd, and first uses his signature ‘What’s up, Doc?’ line. Bugs Gets His Voice Bugs also got his voice in the short. One of Mel Blanc’s...

Captain William Kidd

Captain William Kidd

Jul 22, 2013

KIDD, Captain William, sometimes Robert Kidd or Kid. In the whole history of piracy there is no name that has so taken the world’s fancy than has that of William Kidd. And yet, if he be judged by his actions as a pirate, he must be placed among the second- or even third-rate masters of that craft. He took but two or three ships, and these have been, after...

Blackbeard – Captain Edward Teach

Blackbeard – Captain Edward Teach

Jul 22, 2013

TEACH, Captain Edward, or Thatch, or Thach, alias Drummond, alias Blackbeard. Arch-pirate. A Bristol man who settled in Jamaica, sailing in privateers, but not in the capacity of an officer. In 1716, Teach took to piracy, being put in command of a sloop by the pirate Benjamin Hornigold. In 1717, Hornigold and Teach sailed together from Providence towards the...

Rediscovery of Machu Picchu

Rediscovery of Machu Picchu

Jul 18, 2013

On July 24, 1911, Hiram Bingham III, a lecturer at Yale University, was led by Melchor Arteaga to a site Melchor called Machu Picchua (“old mountain”), a largely forgotten Inca city. Bingham wrote, “The morning of July 24th dawned a cold drizzle. Arteaga shivered and seemed inclined to stay in his hut. I offered to play him well if he showed...