When it was Scary to be Hairy

Hair. If you’re female it’s great on your head, but we don’t really want it anywhere else. We’ve gotten pretty good at getting rid of it too, and for the most part it’s not that hard . . . now. But what about women in the past? How did they get rid of offensive hair before they had the luxury of day spas and disposable razors?¬† Did they…

The Sea Monster That Threatened the Netherlands

On a fall day in the year 1730, in the Dutch province of Zeeland, a most vile and vicious invader was found. Had he been a lone invader he might have been subdued. Unfortunately, the villain brought reinforcements.Too many in fact, for the Dutch to fight off. Oh sure, the malefactor and his friends were small and on the surface unintimidating. They didn’t have guns, or bombs, or even bows and arrows…

The Joy and Magic of the Pig: Are You Missing Out?

What’s your opinion of pigs? Do you like them better when their small and dainty, or do you prefer big and chunky? How about with wings? Never seen a winged pig? Where I live they come out every Christmas. There are winged pigs made of porcelain, fabric, candy, and my personal favorite big wire-framed light up pigs for the yard. Now, some might wonder how and when the pig got promoted from…

Do you Have What It Takes to Be the Lord of Misrule?

If you’re looking for some seasonal work, you might want to try for the Lord of Misrule. Of course, you’ll have to travel back in time, anywhere between the 13th and 16th centuries would be best. Relocation to Britain, Ireland, or Newfoundland may be required. Positions can be attained at estates, royal courts, and even big name colleges such as Oxford and Cambridge. Please be aware the job is also known…

Big Mistakes Don’t Mean You Won’t Make It Big

Success. It’s something most parents want for their children. It doesn’t matter when or where you live, no parent wants to see their child struggle. Of course people define success differently. Take the Vikings for example. Success for them¬† included going out into the world and doing some really great looting and conquering. That’s how it went for Bjorn Ironsides, anyway. Hairy Britches and his son Vikings were sort…