History

March 18, 2019

This 1,288-Word Run-On Sentence Broke Records and Inspired Hundreds of Modern Writers

Most book lovers would agree that coming across a very long sentence in a novel can sometimes require multiple reads to comprehend. The world of literature is full of examples of sprawling monologues and multi-line descriptions, but it was American writer William Faulkner who was featured in the 1983 Guinness Book of World Records for his lengthy passage from his 1936 book, Absalom, Absalom! The huge run-on sentence consists of 1,288 words and countless clauses.

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March 2, 2019

What is Mardi Gras? Have a Ball Learning All About “Fat Tuesday”

Every winter, Mardi Gras magically transforms New Orleans and other cities around the world into whimsical wonderlands. French for “Fat Tuesday,” Mardi Gras denotes a day of indulgence, marking the end of the revelrous Carnival season and the beginning of Lenten fasting. Though you’re likely familiar with the festive day—and may even celebrate it—how much do you know about its history and traditions?

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February 12, 2019

What is Chinese New Year? Unraveling the History of the Enchanting Festival

Happy Chinese New Year! Every February, this enchanting holiday is honored by millions of people across the globe, making it one of the world’s most widespread celebrations. While there’s a chance you’re familiar with the festival, you may not know the significance and symbolism behind some of its most important customs. If that’s the case, you’re in luck!

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January 31, 2019

Animation Details the History of Cats, From Wild Hunters to “Sofa Sidekicks”

Cats have been part of human society for nearly 10,000 years, but they haven’t always been the cuddle companions they are today. In an animated Ted-Ed lesson, called The history of the world according to cats, Research Director Eva-Maria Geigl reveals how these once fierce predators became our “sofa sidekicks.” The animation opens with a quote from Terry Pratchett—“In ancient times cats were worshipped as gods; they have not forgotten this.

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