Sep 25

History Wednesday: Going to the Lordy

If history teaches us nothing else, it teaches us the notion of “the good old days” is a myth and a sham. Need proof? Consider Charles Guiteau. He was a piece of work for the ages, one who put our … Continue reading

Aug 28

History Wednesday: Brother, Can You Spare a Fishscale?

I love coins. How much you ask? Well, at one point in the late 80s I was the only Boy Scout in the entire Snake River Area Council to hold the Coin Collecting merit badge. We’re talking a special order … Continue reading

Aug 21

History Wednesday: Bursts of Color

Remember Beanie Babies? You know, those stuffed animals that were hot for a couple minutes back in the 1990s before their bubble of “all new materials” burst? They had names such as “Saddle the Horse,” “Leftovers the Turkey” and “Quebec … Continue reading

Aug 14

History Wednesday: Revolution, Eh?

Ever wonder how the American Revolution created Canada? No, seriously. Well, as it turns out the Continental Army was at least as interested in Canada as it was in its own jurisdictions, at least at first. That had some far-reaching … Continue reading

Aug 07

History Wednesday: Some More Healthy Eating

S’mores are awesome. I would have definitely eaten more of them as a kid had I not despised camping so much. Did I grow up in the wrong state, or what? Image credit: CorrieRosetti Still, there’s plenty of history in … Continue reading

Jul 31

History Wednesday: Three Short Reigns

A while back I wrote about the shortest presidency in history. Today I was going to write about one of the shortest monarchies in history, but I’m afraid I have to wuss out a bit. See, I’m sick as a … Continue reading

Jul 24

History Wednesday: That Sinking Feeling

Believe it or not, there was a time when using the terms “Sweden” and “aggressive military power” in the same sentence didn’t sound inherently silly. The Swedes having long since embraced more civilized ways to irritate the rest of the … Continue reading

Jul 17

History Wednesday: The Pioneering Dictator

Latin America is well-known for its history of military strongmen, caudillos and other dictators. That may be the most obvious thing I’ve said all day. Yet it had to start somewhere. Specifically, here. Jose Gaspar Rodriguez de Francia, also known … Continue reading

Jul 10

History Wednesday: French Fried

Ah, the French. Famous for food and wine. Much maligned for military prowess. Not that it mattered to Orson Welles, apparently on either count. In terms of the latter, one could argue the French get a bad rap. After all, … Continue reading

Jul 03

History Wednesday: Dissing the Chief

With the Fourth of July less than 24 hours away, I suppose I should devote this week’s History Wednesday to something American. However Canada Day was on Monday, and SB has a loyal following in the Great White North. Much … Continue reading