Posts by Madeleine Muzdakis

Madeleine Muzdakis

Madeleine Muzdakis is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met and a historian of early modern Britain & the Atlantic world. She holds a BA in History and Mathematics from Brown University and an MA in European & Russian Studies from Yale University. Madeleine has worked in archives and museums for years with a particular focus on photography and arts education. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys hiking, film photography, and reading while cuddling with her cat Georgia.
October 1, 2020

Study Finds That a Dog’s Heart Rate Jumps When You Say “I Love You” To Them

Have you told your dog lately that you love it? You may want to start saying those three little words every chance you get. A recent study has proved what dog-lovers always suspected: dogs understand and physically react to this loving phrase. The study by Canine Cottage measured canine bodily reactions and found pups' heart rates increased an average of 46.2% while being told, “I love you.

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September 30, 2020

Uppercase and Lowercase: An Etymological Tale of Two Scripts

To start a sentence, one uses an uppercase letter to begin the first word. But where do the opaque terms uppercase and lowercase come from? To understand why capital letters are “uppercase”—and their smaller counterparts are “lowercase”—one has to look back in history to early handwriting and follow that tale to the printing press. The existence and etymology (the history of a word) of uppercase and lowercase is a fascinating tale.

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September 27, 2020

You Can Sleep Under the Northern Lights in This Outdoor Bubble-Shaped Hotel

Do you dream of sleeping under the stars? The Buubble Hotel in Iceland is offering guests the opportunity to  do just that—plus an up-close view of the Northern Lights—in all four seasons. The hotel's 18 rooms are clear, heated domes nestled into two remote forest locations. Guests can choose the forest location on the south coast of Iceland or the pods along the Golden Circle further north.

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