Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump: A Real Place

Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump may sound more like a rock band than a real location where a people created thousand of years of history. Today it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in Alberta Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump was (and is) of great importance to the indigenous Blackfoot people. The location fell into disuse the mid-19th century. It was in danger of being lost in historical memory until archaeologists discovered just how long the cliffs and surrounding area … [Read more...]

Who was Jeane Dixon?

Who was Jeane Dixon? Why is she so well thought of in the astrological circles, yet, made fun of by skeptics and critics? Jeane Dixon was an immensely popular American psychic who remained in the public eye throughout several decades of the 20th century. Her syndicated astrology column, best-selling biography, and influence on other writers and psychics turned her into a household name. Let's take a look at the life of Jeane Dixon before she became a professional … [Read more...]

Frederic William Henry Myers: Psychology’s Forgotten Genius

When psychology students study the history of their discipline, there is often a curious omission in what they are taught. Very few mentions are ever made of a man known as Frederic W. H. Myers. Myers was a close and dear friend of William James, who most psychology students do know about and whose influential book, "Principles of Psychology," earned him the right to be called the "Father of American Psychology." James and Myers shared many interests, … [Read more...]

The Five Greatest Women Pirates

Piracy is an ancient trade, both celebrated and vilified. The best known pirates from Blackbeard to the fictional Jack Sparrow are men. However, women throughout history have carved a place for themselves among the sea rovers. Over a thousand years and five continents, these five women have pillaged their way into the history books. Princess Sela The earliest known woman pirate, Sela was a princess of Norway and sister of the King, Koller. The ancient historian Saxo … [Read more...]

Christmas Folklore: Holly, Ivy, and Mistletoe

Did you know the traditional date for putting up Christmas decorations is 24 December? Presumably our ancestors would be bemused to see decorations going up earlier and earlier each year. However, the truth is that in Victorian times many householders couldn't wait until Christmas Eve to decorate, but even so the first of December was the earliest acceptable date. So amidst the hustle of this year's preparations let's pause to recall the traditional folklore associated … [Read more...]