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Ulrich von Liechtenstein once toured Southern Europe on a jousting trip, referred to as “The Journey of Venus”. He dressed as a woman and alledgedly broke 307 lances. For each knight that broke a lance on him he gifted them a gold ring. (Pixabay/clarencealford)

Ulrich von Liechtenstein: Was he Real?

Ulrich von Liechtenstein was made famous by Heath Ledger in the film A Knight’s Tale. Did you know he was a real person? His real life exploits were arguably more outrageous than those portrayed by Hollywood.


Indo-European languages in Europe. Note that the borders are not country borders. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Iolaafi)

The Proto-Indo-Europeans: The Lost Culture Connecting Europe to India

In Indian mythology, the god Indra rescues the world by killing an evil serpent with a thunderbolt. In Norse mythology, Thor famously slays the serpent Jörmungandr with thunder. This similarity is one tantalizing clue to the fact that the mythologies and languages of Europe and India share a common source—a lost culture about which we know little, but owe much.


The Bob Semple Tank used corrugated iron instead of armour plating. Fortified by 6 bren guns it housed a crew of 8. Only 3 were ever built for a total cost of £10,225. (Photo: YouTube/New Zealand Archives)

The Bob Semple Tank: Worst Tank Ever

When his country needed him Bob Semple stepped forward. Some wished he hadn’t bothered. Fearing Japanese invasion, New Zealand desperately needed to boost an armoured force which only numbered 6 Bren gun carriers in the whole country. The Bob Semple Tank was born.


Jenny Hanniver

Jenny Haniver: The Original Fake Mermaid

Everyone has a side hustle these days don’t they? Even 16th century sailors took part in the gig economy by making particularly horrendous looking Jenny Hannivers for extra income. However, these ‘devil fish wouldn’t look out of place on the movie set of Aliens.


Frozen Charlotte Dolls

The Grisly Tale Behind Frozen Charlotte Dolls

What was bath time like for you as a child? Loads of bubble-bath, maybe the obligatory rubber duck or some colorful plastic cups? Did you ever enjoy your soapy adventures with a porcelain doll embodying the spirit of a teenage girl who froze to death on her way to a New Year’s ball? Those Victorians were a dark bunch.


Snap Crackle and Pop

The Snap! Crackle! Pop! Origin Story

Snap, Crackle and Pop have been around since 1932 and pocketed their creator, Vernon Grant, a cool $250,000. They even have a lesser known fouth ‘band member’ called Pow who made a brief appearance in the 1950’s.


A traditional Viking wedding couple, Trelleborg, Sweden (Photo: Flickr/Maria Eklind)

The Ultimate Guide to a Viking Wedding

Your knowledge of Vikings weddings and Vikings may begin and end with the antics of Ragnar Lothbrok and his clan in the TV show Vikings. However, a Viking wedding was an elaborate and meticulously planned event, from the opening of financial negotiations to the ending bestowment of the morning-gift.


Europeans had no clue about where birds went during winter for thousands of years. Until 1822, when a German hunter shot a stork and discovered an 80cm long African spear protruding from its neck. This provided the first evidence of bird migration to Africa.

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