Friday, October 17, 2014

HTHS Weekly: History from the Interweb #6

HTHS Weekly: History from the Interweb is a round-up of brand spankin' new history articles, selected by yours truly. Click on the link to be directed to the home site where you can read a professional being professional in their entirety.

Can You Pass A Middle School U.S. History Test? at BuzzFeed
I deed it.

Amal Clooney weighs in on Greek battle for Elgin Marbles at Telegraph

Remember when George Clooney was all hot and bothered over the Elgin Marbles back in February? Well it turns out his new wife, human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin, shares the same passion.

Remains of Alexander the Great's Father Confirmed Found at Discovery

Macedonian King Philip II was found in Vergina, 100 miles away from the ongoing excavation at Amphipolis which is believed to house Alexander's mother. Phil was assassinated at his daughter's wedding, Red Wedding-style.

Hitler and Meth: How History's Biggest Figures Hid Drug Addictions at Guff

Sigmund Freud, Thomas Edison, Charles Dickens, Benjamin Franklin, and others all used some form of cocaine or heroin. This article might make you want to take drugs. But in a good way? Because "let's face it: Meth can really help you get stuff done."

The Cardiff Giant Fools the Nation, 145 Years Ago at History
In a scheme intended to dupe literal Bible believers, cigar manufacturer George Hull commissioned a 10-foot-tall giant man made of gypsum to give truth to the famous line, "there were giants in the earth those days." Hoping to pass the statue off as a petrified giant, Hull buried the 3,000 pound man on a relative's farm and dug it up a year later, claiming to have unearthed a giant. Astonishment ensued, and after years of cashing in on the giant, Hull's hoax was eventually discovered. It cost 50 cents to see the giant in 1869 (when it was believed to be real). Today, it costs $12.

Science is Revealing The Secret Lives of Paintings at All Day
X-rays of what lies underneath layers and layers of paint. 

Divers Excavate Greek Shipwreck Dubbed "Ancient Titanic" at History
The 2,000 year-old shipwreck was discovered 114 years ago off the coast of southern Greece, and it's the gift that keeps on giving.

Viking treasure trove discovered in Scotland at The Guardian
Over 100 artifacts were discovered by a metal-detector-wielding man.

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