There's a historical period officially referred to as the Pornocracy. 904 AD-906 AD was a super corrupt time for the Papacy and later scholars called it the Pornocracy, the Hetaerocracy, or the Rule of Harlots. (The Catholic Church refers to it as the saeculum obscurum, or dark century.) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saeโ€ฆ
The year 536 is considered by some scholars to be the worst year ever to be alive due to volcanos, extreme weather, and famine throughout Europe and Asia sciencemag.org/news/2018/โ€ฆ
Part of the reason the etymology of the word "fuck" is so hard to trace is because, historically, it was much more commonly spoken than it was written; its profane nature would have discouraged scholars of the time from writing it down in most places they would write. snopes.com/fact-check/whaโ€ฆ
Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice, Byron Raymond "Whizzer" White was a star running back in the National Football League was also awarded two bronze stars during WWII as well as being Rhodes Scholar, and is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Byrโ€ฆ
While working for the Indian delegation at the League of Nations, distinguished English scholar and all-round sportsman C. B. Fry was offered the vacant throne of Albania. The Albanian delegation was looking for an English gentleman with an annual income of ยฃ10,000, but Fry lacked the money historic-uk.com/HistoryUKโ€ฆ
Many scholars believe that William Shakespeare invented the โ€œKnock-knock jokeโ€. An early iteration appears in Act 2, Scene 3 of Macbeth โ€˜Knock, knock! Who's there, i' the name of Beelzebub?โ€™ en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knoโ€ฆ
Scholars think that Constantinopleโ€™s fall in 1453, and the exodus of Greeks to Italy, helped mark the end of the Medieval era and the start of the Renaissance, with the Byzantine intellectuals changing the course of humanism and the Renaissance. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greโ€ฆ
The Word book origins from the tree beech (in german Buche). (From Old English bลc, which in turn comes from the Germanic root *bลk-(Buch) cognate to 'beech). โ€ž...many scholars remain convinced that book (Buch) and beech (Buche) are ultimately related, ...โ€œ blog.oup.com/2014/06/origโ€ฆ
Today I learned about Greek-Irish scholar Lafcadio Hearn (1850-1904). Hearn moved to Japan and married a Japanese woman. His writings about Japan offered the Western world a glimpse into a largely unknown but fascinating culture. As such he is jokingly referred to as "the first weeb". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lafโ€ฆ
When the medieval scholar Rhazes was tasked with choosing the location of a new hospital in Baghdad, he hung meat at points around the city, and chose the location where it rotted the slowest. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islโ€ฆ
The ancient greek medical system based on Hippocrates and the four humours theory spread into India through the Islamic scholars of the golden age. Hippocratic based medicine is still practiced in India today, as an alternative medical system officialy recognised by the authrorities en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unaโ€ฆ
The Padmanabhaswamy Temple in India contains one of the largest collection of items of gold and precious stones in the recorded history of the world. Most scholars believe it was accumulated over thousands of years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Padโ€ฆ
The forbidden fruit mentioned in the Book of Genesis is never identified as an apple, a misconception widely depicted in Western art. The original Hebrew texts mention only tree and fruit. Jewish scholars have suggested that the fruit could have been a grape, a fig, an apricot, or an etrog straightdope.com/columns/โ€ฆ
Filmmaker Terrence Malick, whose films are filled with transcendental themes and philosophical voiceovers, graduated summa cum laude in Philosophy from Harvard, was a Rhodes scholar at Oxford writing a thesis on Kierkegaard, Heidegger, and Wittgenstein, and briefly taught philosophy at MIT closeupfilmcentre.com/verโ€ฆ
Today I learned of 'The Comet', a sci-fi short story written in 1920 by American scholar W.E.B. Du Bois. It tells the story of a Black man and White woman who survive when the population of New York is obliterated. It is credited by many as the foundation for writers of Afrofuturism. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theโ€ฆ
Born in Shanghai, Chinese Premier Yan Huiqing was one of the first American-educated Chinese scholars and graduated from the University of Virginia in 1900 dcwritershomes.wdchumanitโ€ฆ
Dreamworks consulted over 300 religiousโ€™ experts for The Prince of Egypt. This included biblical scholars, theologians, archeologists, Egyptologists, clergy and different religious leaders. latimes.com/archives/la-xโ€ฆ
A roman scholar predicted microbiology over 2000 years ago, writing "there are bred certain minute creatures which cannot be seen by the eyes, but which float in the air and enter the body through the mouth and nose and cause serious diseases." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marโ€ฆ
A team of international scholars have been working to recreate recipes from 4000 years ago from tablets. One Mesopotamian dish resembles a chicken pot pie, with layers of dough and chunks of bird smothered by a sort of Babylonian bรฉchamel sauce bbc.com/travel/story/2019โ€ฆ
Princess Alexandra of Bavaria believed she had swallowed a glass piano as a child. This delusion was not unheard of and was recorded in Europe and mainly suffered by royals, nobels and scholars (between C15 and C17). It was manifest as a fear that parts of their anatomy were made of glass. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Priโ€ฆ
Today I learned about the 1755 Lisbon Earthquake, which annihilated the city, led to the birth of modern seismology and earthquake engineering, and became dwelt upon by Enlightenment scholars, thus inspiring major developments in Theodicy en.wikipedia.org/wiki/175โ€ฆ
:That Cleopatra, while born Egyptian, traced her origins to Greece, may have been more renowned for her intellect than her appearance. She spoke as many as a dozen languages, was well educated, and was later described as a ruler โ€œwho elevated the ranks of scholars and enjoyed their company.โ€ history.com/news/10-littlโ€ฆ
There was so much fruitless speculation about the origin of language that scholars now refer to silly theories by nicknames: the bow-wow, pooh-pooh, ding-dong, yo-he-ho, ta-ta and la-la theories. mentalfloss.com/article/4โ€ฆ
Not much is known about him, but scholars know that William Shakespeare had a son who died at the age of 11. His name was "Hamnet." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hamโ€ฆ
"The War of the Worlds" plot arose from H.G. Wells wondering "if Martians did to Britain what the British had done to the [indigenous] Tasmanians?", which most modern scholars characterize as a genocide. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theโ€ฆ
The U.S. Constitution forbids members of Congress from holding โ€˜any office under the United Statesโ€™ concurrent with their congressional service. Legal scholars have concluded that individuals holding military commissions should be barred from serving in Congress. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ineโ€ฆ
Pope Urban VIII read Galileo's work on physics "Dialogues on the Two Chief World Systems" and was angered by it because he felt that Galileo wrote the character Simplicio (a less-intelligent "scholar") as a cariacture of himself web.pdx.edu/~egertonr/ph3โ€ฆ
Today I learned of the word "inkhorn", a 16th century derogrity term for scholars who excessively and awkwardly borrowed words from Latin. They introduced short-lived words like ("devulgate, obtestate, deruncinate, subsecive") but also gave us everday words like ("Celebrate, expectation, ingenious, mundane"). thehistoryofenglish.com/hโ€ฆ
Today I learned about scholar's stones or gonshi naturally occurring or shaped rocks which are traditionally appreciated by Chinese scholars. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gonโ€ฆ
Abraham Lincoln is believed by many scholars to be one of only two Presidents of the United States who wasn't a Christian. Thomas Jefferson is the second. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Relโ€ฆ
The idea that Jehova is the name of God came from a mistranslation. Because Jews can't say the name of God, they used the consonants of the the name (JHVH in latin) mixed with the vowels from the word "adonai" (lord) as a shorthand, but 14th century Christian scholars didn't know this rule. en.wikisource.org/wiki/19โ€ฆ
The first person to build a programmable humanoid robot was the Arab Muslim scholar Abu Alรฎzz Al-Jazari in 1206 AD lib.iastate.edu/news/fathโ€ฆ
Today I learned about Xenophon Zolotas, a Greek scholar and politician, who gave two speeches in English to the IMF using nothing but Greek loanwords. malathronas.com/2815/greeโ€ฆ
The University of Cambridge was founded when a group of students defected from Oxford after three Oxford scholars were hanged in connection with murder. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uniโ€ฆ
After conquering China, by 1241 the Mongols were expanding their empire to the west, using Chinese rockets (self-propelled flying bombs) in battles across Eastern Europe. And with them came secret of black powder - the recipe was first written down around 1250 by English scholar Roger Bacon. needforscience.com/astronโ€ฆ
Hangul is the alphabetic system used for writing the Korean language, but in North Korea it is known as Chosลn muntcha. Because of the influence of Confucianism and of Chinese culture, Hangul was not used by scholars or Koreans of the upper classes until after 1945 britannica.com/topic/Hangโ€ฆ
Scholars date the arrival of humans in Australia at about 40,000 years ago. Aboriginals themselves believe "We have been here since time began. We have come directly out of the Dreamtime of our creative ancestors" cairnsunlimited.com/popupโ€ฆ
While most men have a larger right than left testicle, the opposite pattern is seen in Ancient Greek statues. Scholars think this anatomical error is linked to the historical belief that each testicle separately contains the sperm needed to produce a male or female heir. theguardian.com/educationโ€ฆ
Although not much is really known about his life, scholars know that Shakespeare did have a son who died at the age of 11. His name? "Hamnet." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hamโ€ฆ
Lil Peep's grandfather, John Womack, was a Rhodes Scholar and earned his bachelor's degree and PhD at Harvard, eventually becoming a Harvard Professor of Latin American History and Economics. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johโ€ฆ
A library in Herculaneum was burned and buried in 79 AD when Mt. Vesuvius erupted. For 250+ years, scholars have been unrolling/attempting to decipher recovered manuscripts from the only antiquarian library ever recovered. The site was never fully excavated; it is assumed more are still buried. wikipedia.org/wiki/Herculโ€ฆ
Between 1764-1767, a man-eating animal/group of animals terrorized a province in central France. The number of victims differs greatly, from 60 to over a 100. The beast was allegedly shot and killed in 1767. Modern scholars believe the attacks were carried out by wolves. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beaโ€ฆ
Some scholars believe smiling was an invention of the Middle Ages and point out that not all cultures today use smiles to show happiness. This challenges the popular notion of 7 universal facial expressions. bbc.com/future/article/20โ€ฆ
A newly discovered fragment of the oldest surviving copy of the New Testament indicates that, as far as the Antichrist goes, theologians, scholars, heavy metal groups, and television evangelists have got the wrong number. Instead of 666, it's actually the far less ominous 616 independent.co.uk/news/ukโ€ฆ
A virus destroyed the Roman Army in 165 AD. It caused a recession and also killed their emperor, Lucius Verus. 10% of the Roman population died. It hit the military harder because of their close quarters. Most scholars believe it was smallpox. medium.com/publishous/theโ€ฆ
After the death of Pope Julius II, (the militaristic "warrior pope" who emulated Caesar) the scholar Erasmus wrote a satirical dialogue in which the pope is denied entrance at the gates of heaven, ending with him planning to invade Paradise using the same tactics he applied when alive. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julโ€ฆ
Malaysia's space agency, Angkasa, convened a conference of 150 Islamic scientists and scholars to figure out what direction a Muslim astronaut would need to face to pray from the International Space Station outline.com/ktqdse
Christian Heinrich Heineken "the infant scholar of Lรผbeck" could speak fluent German at 10 months old. He read the Pentateuch at age one, and read the entire Bible in Latin by age three. Later that year he recited his own History of Denmark when visiting the King of Denmark. He died at age four. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chrโ€ฆ
Geoffrey Chaucerโ€™s contemporary use of lower-class Saxon English to write his works. rather than conventional Latin or upper class spoken French, has perplexed scholars for centuries. He was the first to truly begin to develop English into a highly flexible literary language. poetryfoundation.org/poetโ€ฆ
Until recently, prominent European scholars have dismissed the history of Africa as outside of or irrelevant to world history. Hegel thought Africa is not a historical continent as it shows neither change nor development sites.clas.ufl.edu/historโ€ฆ

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