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Problems with passwords appear regularly in the news, primarily when huge companies with large numbers of customers get hacked. In the 21st Century, the 10 largest data breaches hit a total of over...
A fashion brand can become iconic for several reasons. It might introduce a radical new design, like Alexander McQueen’s dresses with wings. It might have endured for decades, like Chanel, Gucci,...
For decades, the battleship was the symbol of a nation’s naval might. These vessels were hundreds of feet long, displaced tens of thousands of tons, bristled with massive guns, and were sheathed...
With each new generation, new trends and fashions emerge. Though each style is distinct and memorable, not all hold up equally well over time. (Here, for instance, are some iconic fashion brands that...
Tamagotchis, POGs, and Furbies are just a few of the short-lived toy fads that have come and gone in the last 30 years. Some toys, however, first targeted at Baby Boomers, had a simplicity and...
Every year, a new crop of cutting edge children’s toys hits the market. Of course, what seems technologically advanced changes every year. While 2022 saw mini foam drones, Star Wars Lola robots,...
Every holiday season ushers in a new wave of trending toys. From action figures and dolls to the newest gaming system, one of these coveted gifts can make a child’s whole year as soon as the...
The destruction of cultural artifacts, heritage sites, and historical records such as temples, statues, museums, and libraries is among the many immeasurable tragedies of war.  While cultural sites...
Phobias are fears gone wild, fears that provoke such severe anxiety that they become debilitating, interfering with a person’s ability to live a normal life. The word itself comes from the Greek...
America’s love of Mexican food has implanted plenty of Spanish words into our everyday lexicon. But when not ordering a quesadilla or tamale at the local taquería, we may still be using Spanish...
Between 1775 and 1783, American rebels battled the British for our fledgling country’s independence. Armed with the most sophisticated armaments of the era, both armies waged 165 bloody battles....
From family heirlooms to antiques shops to museums, many Americans share an obsession with the extremely old. This includes both man-made artifacts, such as a 130,000-year old piece of jewelry, and...
The English and French languages share over 1,700 identical words – often with similar or exact meanings. In fact, up to 45% of English words have French origins, largely due to the Norman...
The holiday season has arrived, and for parents that means trying to track down the hottest toys of the year. (On the other hand, if you’re the nostalgic type, these are 25 discontinued classic...
Much like fashion, language has a way of evolving over the years. Some words and phrases have remained in use for centuries, while some have fallen out of favor. Others are still in use but have...