Monthly Archives: October 2013

Historical Oddities: The Tulip Bubble

The Netherlands is famous for its tulip fields, but back in the 1600s the tulip flower was only a recent introduction into European gardens from the Ottoman Empire. This was during the golden age of Dutch trade dominance, and the … Continue reading

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Historical Oddities: Hasekura Tsunenaga

During the Age of Sail, many European merchants went on long expeditions to the East Indies to establish trade and bring back the lucrative spices that would make them rich. This resulted in a large expansion and creation of trade … Continue reading

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Historical Oddities: The Telephone Newspaper

The radio revolutionized communication in the early 20th century, as for the first time in history there could be immediate, widespread distribution of entertainment and news into individual homes around the world. With the first commercial radio broadcast in 1920, … Continue reading

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2014 World Cup UEFA Playoffs

The European playoff draw for the last four European spots in the 2014 World Cup is in. The draw is Portugal against Sweden, Ukraine against France, Greece against Romania, and Croatia against Iceland. Purely based on the October rankings, one … Continue reading

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21 Spots Filled for the 2014 World Cup

With a month and a half left until the final draw for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, most of the 32 eventual qualifying teams are set to book their tickets to Brazil. Brazil were automatically through as the … Continue reading

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Historical Immersion in the Assassin’s Creed Series

There has long been a debate over the treatment of video games as a literary and narrative medium. One of the more innovative methods of storytelling that video games can provide over other media is the direct interactivity of the … Continue reading

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Historical Oddities: Kalmykia, Russia’s Buddhist Republic

Buddhism is commonly seen as an eastern religion, mostly prevalent in Asia and without much grounding in Europe. However, there is one region in Europe that is majority Buddhist and has been for centuries. This is the Russian federal subject … Continue reading

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