In apparent defiance of the entire world, North Korea announced on Wednesday morning that their military had successfully conducted an underground test of a thermonuclear weapon—a hydrogen bomb—potentially joining an elite group of countries to have successfully tested these destructive devices. Int Read more
In the aftermath of the Battle of Gettysburg, the Confederate Army was in full retreat, forced to abandon all of its dead and most of its wounded. The Union Army and citizens of Gettysburg had an ugly cleanup task ahead of them. Along with the numerous corpses littered about the battlefield, at leas Read more
It is hard to image a more hellish existence than that of front line troops on the Western Front during the first World War. Unsanitary conditions, endless lice infestations, hordes of man-eating rats, the constant threat of disease, machine gun nests, sniper-fire, PTSD inducing artillery barrages—t Read more
1. “Fixed fortifications are monuments to man’s stupidity.” —George Patton, General of the US Seventh Army The Maginot Line has come to symbolize a lack of foresight and the dangers inherent when conservative military planners fail to accurately anticipate changes in technology and tactics. The Fren Read more
A duck floats innocently in a harbor. As the duck rises from the water, we see that it is actually a clever breathing device on the head of a man who has emerged in a full wetsuit. The man scales a nearby wall, subdues a clueless guard, infiltrates a building, plants plastic explosives, primes the d Read more

Nobody Celebrates Kwanzaa

Dec 26, 2015
Crispus Knight - Contributor

If you hear the word “Kwanzaa” uttered this year, it will probably be in the punchline of a derivative late night television joke. We get it. Nobody really knows what a Kwanzaa celebration entails, what the holiday is supposed to mean, or can even identify a single person who celebrates it. Yet in t Read more
Rediscovery When Wilfred Voynich purchased a collection of manuscripts from the cash-strapped Collegio Romano in 1912, he inadvertently resurrected one of the greatest literary mysteries in history. One of the manuscripts now in his possession appeared to be written in an unknown language and contai Read more
On the morning of December 7th, 1941, 1st Class Airman, Shigenori Nishikaichi took off from the Japanese carrier, Hiryu, in a A6M2 Zero to join the second attack wave against the American Navy at Pearl Harbor. His plane was badly damaged in the attack, rendering it incapable of returning to the carr Read more
You may remember the Defenestration of Prague from your high school European history class. It’s an event that seems to resonate with students, probably because for some reason the image of a man (or a woman) being apprehended, accosted, and then violently thrown out of a glass window really tugs at Read more
Last week I wrote about Alexander the Great’s debaucherous party lifestyle but only touched briefly on his many military conquests. One battle I did mention was Gaugamela, the decisive affair of the Persian campaign, however I neglected to mention that the Persian army deployed up to 15 war elephant Read more

The Bloodiest Thanksgiving Ever

Nov 26, 2015
Crispus Knight - Contributor

In February of 1675, a bloated body was found floating just beneath the ice of Assawompset Pond in Southeastern Massachusetts. The man was initially assumed to have drowned but an autopsy revealed an absence of water in the lungs. This, along with the fact that the corpse had severe head and neck in Read more
1. The Fire Lance First find a spear. Now fill a bamboo tube with gunpowder and sharp objects and tie the tube to the end of your spear. Next, aim this contraption at someone who has seriously pissed you off and ignite the gunpowder by way of a fuse. Congratulations, you’ve just made and discharged Read more
In 1268, the great Kublai Khan, grandson of Genghis, sent an emissary to the Japanese Regent Shogun,  Hōjō Masamura. Kublai had already deposed the rulers of the Goryeo Dynasty in Korea and was mopping up the remnants of the Sung dynasty in China. Kublai would soon establish his own Yuan Dynasty wit Read more
Alexander III of Macedon, more commonly known as Alexander the Great, was undoubtedly one of the most gifted military commanders the world has ever seen. He was incredibly brave, riding into combat at the vanguard of his legendary Companion Cavalry, often during the decisive moment of battle. He als Read more