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Filles du Roi arriving in Quebec City in 1663.

Filles du Roi: How the King’s Daughters Populated Canada

In the 17th century, the colony of New France in modern day Québec faced a dire population problem that required an inventive solution. Without suitable wives, most men weren’t interested in settling in the colony: until King Lous XIV sent the Filles du Roi, the King’s Daughters.

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Mokusatsu: The Word That Changed the Course of History

On July 28, 1945, in response to the Potsdam Declaration demanding Japan’s unconditional surrender, Japanese prime minister Kantarō Suzuki uttered a now-famous phrase: mokusatsu-suru. The phrase can be translated to mean either “ignore” or “no comment.” The Allies heard the former. The atomic bombs were dropped several days later.

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When was deodorant invented?

The Ancient Egyptians were the first to use perfumes, but it wasn’t until 1888 that the first commercial deodorant hit the shelves. For decades it was just a niche product until a genius ad campaign made it a necessity in the early 1920s. Now, it seems like we can’t go a day without wearing the stuff!