Smart News History & Archaeology | Smithsonianhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smartnews-history-archaeology/RSS feed for Smart News History & ArchaeologyenWed, 22 Nov 2017 20:06:33 +0000Did Vikings Bury Their Dead in Clothing Bearing the Arabic Word for "Allah"?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-vikings-buried-their-dead-clothing-bearing-arabic-word-allah-180965262/While contact between Vikings and Muslim cultures is well documented, the interpretation of the 10th-century burial cloth has been called into questionFri, 13 Oct 2017 18:29:14 +0000Ratko Mladic, Known as the ‘Butcher of Bosnia,’ Found Guilty of War Crimes and Genocidehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ratko-mladic-known-butcher-bosnia-found-guilty-war-crimes-and-genocide-180967314/A United Nations court found that Mladic had directed the murders of thousands of Muslims in the 1990sWed, 22 Nov 2017 20:06:33 +0000The Pilgrims Weren't the First to Celebrate Thanksgivinghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pilgrims-werent-first-celebrate-thanksgiving-180967310/Virginia has a claim to an earlier Christian Thanksgiving celebrationWed, 22 Nov 2017 17:50:55 +0000What Did Virginia’s Jamestown Colonists Eat?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-did-virginias-jamestown-colonists-eat-180967301/So far, researchers have found remains of horses, rats and snakes in a well that dates back to the Starving TimeTue, 21 Nov 2017 20:32:00 +0000Why Do We Call TV Watchers ‘Viewers’?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-do-we-call-tv-watchers-viewers-180967293/It all goes back to a quirky BBC subcommittee working in the 1930s to change the English languageTue, 21 Nov 2017 18:28:09 +0000The Peculiar Story of the Witch of Wall Streethttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/peculiar-story-hetty-green-aka-witch-wall-street-180967258/Walking the streets in black clothes and making obscene amounts of money, Hetty Green was one of the Gilded Age's many charactersTue, 21 Nov 2017 15:51:18 +0000 Voltaire: Enlightenment Philosopher and Lottery Scammerhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/voltaire-enlightenment-philosopher-and-lottery-scammer-180967265/The French government was trying to raise money by running a bond lottery, but a group of intellectuals had other ideasTue, 21 Nov 2017 14:30:00 +0000How Clogs Damaged the Feet of 19th-Century Dutch Famers https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-clogs-damaged-feet-19th-century-dutch-famers-180967275/A study of 132 skeletons revealed bone chips associated with a rare condition Mon, 20 Nov 2017 21:32:45 +0000The First Thanksgiving Parades Were Riotshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-thanksgiving-parades-were-riots-180967256/The Fantastics parades were occasions of sometimes-violent revelryMon, 20 Nov 2017 14:59:29 +0000This Rock Art May Be the Earliest Depiction of Dogshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/8000-year-old-rock-carvings-may-be-earliest-depiction-domesticated-dogs-180967266/The carvings are between 8,000 and 9,000 years old and hint that the creatures may already be heading toward domesticationMon, 20 Nov 2017 11:00:00 +0000Rare Photograph of Billy the Kid Found at a Flea Markethttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/found-rare-photograph-billy-kid-180967259/The tintype image was purchased for $10 but might be worth millionsFri, 17 Nov 2017 19:40:51 +0000Presidents From Lincoln to FDR Kept the Thanksgiving Tradition Goinghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/thanksgiving-endures-because-abraham-lincoln-180967254/Lincoln started the process of making it a federal holiday in 1863, crystallizing something that had been around since the days of the PilgrimsFri, 17 Nov 2017 19:24:06 +0000The Historic Tail of the Weeki Wachee Mermaidshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/historic-tail-weeki-wachee-mermaids-180967209/You can even learn to “mermaid” yourself, if the fancy takes youFri, 17 Nov 2017 16:05:00 +0000Happy 100th Birthday to Marshmallow-Topped Sweet Potato Casserolehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/happy-100-birthday-marshmallow-sweet-potato-180967245/Sweet potato pudding has been a part of American cuisine for a centuryFri, 17 Nov 2017 15:38:29 +0000How a New Accent Overturned BBC Tradition and Messed With the Nazishttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-north-england-voice-overturned-bbc-tradition-180967208/A man with the name of Wilfred Pickles brought regional dialect to the BBC as part of an anti-Nazi-propaganda strategyFri, 17 Nov 2017 14:40:00 +0000These Fall Exhibitions Explore the Origins of Judy Chicago's "Dinner Party"https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-fall-exhibitions-explore-origins-judy-chicagos-dinner-party-180967157/Brooklyn Museum and National Museum of Women in the Arts revisit the artist's celebration of unrecognized women, female bodyThu, 16 Nov 2017 17:19:22 +0000For a Few Decades in the 18th Century, Women and African-Americans Could Vote in New Jerseyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-black-people-and-women-lost-vote-new-jersey-180967186/Then some politicians got angryThu, 16 Nov 2017 16:20:00 +0000The Real-Life Story of Maria von Trapp https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/real-life-story-maria-von-trapp-180967182/'The Sound of Music' was based on the true story of her life, but took a few libertiesThu, 16 Nov 2017 15:00:00 +0000New Portrait of Lord Nelson Found, Scars and Allhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-portrait-lord-nelson-found-scars-and-all-180967205/One of many Nelson portraits by Leonardo Guzzardi, the painting has been restored to include his war wounds Wed, 15 Nov 2017 16:43:16 +0000Pictish Carving of Large-Nosed Warrior Found in Scotlandhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pictish-carving-large-nosed-warrior-found-scotland-180967091/The carving may have marked the property of a high-ranking individual Wed, 15 Nov 2017 15:58:26 +0000How the 1970s Created Recycling As We Know Ithttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-1970s-created-recycling-we-know-it-180967179/People recycled before then, but for different reasonsWed, 15 Nov 2017 15:00:00 +0000Oldest Evidence of Wine Making Found in Georgiahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/oldest-evidence-wine-making-found-georgia-180967199/The discovery of grape residues on pottery suggest Neolithic people had a taste for wine 8,000 years agoTue, 14 Nov 2017 18:19:04 +0000The Story of the Sperry Top-Siderhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/story-sperry-top-sider-180967175/Paul A. Sperry's innovative boat shoes were inspired by his dogTue, 14 Nov 2017 16:00:00 +0000A Year Before His Presidential Debate, JFK Foresaw How TV Would Change Politicshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-jfk-had-say-about-tv-politics-180967172/Television's first iconic president was remarkably prescient on the subject of TVTue, 14 Nov 2017 13:57:00 +0000Rare Roman Sundial Uncovered in Italyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rare-roman-sundial-uncovered-italy-1-180967171/Commissioned by a local politician, it sheds light on the relationship between Rome and its outlying territoriesMon, 13 Nov 2017 18:18:01 +0000This Film Version of 'Treasure Island' Gave Us Our Image of Pirateshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/film-version-treasure-island-gave-us-our-image-pirates-180967149/Avast, you lubbers!Mon, 13 Nov 2017 17:00:00 +0000Students Allied Themselves With Robin Hood During This Anti-McCarthyism Movementhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/students-allied-themselves-robin-hood-during-1950s-anti-mccarthyism-movement-180967156/The students of the Green Feather Movement caused an on-campus controversy at Indiana UniversityMon, 13 Nov 2017 15:30:00 +0000Conservationists Give New Life to 350-Year-Old Map of Australia https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/conservationists-give-new-life-350-year-old-map-australia-180967184/Created in 1663, the map reflects early knowledge of a mysterious continentMon, 13 Nov 2017 14:00:00 +0000Archivist Captures New York’s Bygone Past Through Home Movies, Historical Footage https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lost-landscapes-captures-new-yorks-bygone-past-through-home-movies-archival-footage-180967165/Rick Prelinger seeks to capture ephemeral portraits of city lifeFri, 10 Nov 2017 18:22:58 +0000 In the Early Years of the AIDS Epidemic, Families Got Help From an Unlikely Sourcehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/early-years-aids-epidemic-families-got-help-unlikely-source-180967144/'An Early Frost' was a made-for-TV movie with a purpose beyond entertainmentFri, 10 Nov 2017 16:00:00 +0000How the Trial and Death of Henry Wirz Shaped Post-Civil War Americahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-trial-and-death-henry-wirz-shaped-post-civil-war-america-180967139/A monument to Wirz still stands not far from the Confederate prison camp he commandedFri, 10 Nov 2017 15:20:00 +0000Five Things To Know About Liliuokalani, the Last Queen of Hawaiihttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/five-things-know-about-liliuokalani-last-queen-hawaii-180967155/The queen, who was deposed by a coup led by American sugar planters, died 100 years ago, but is by no means forgottenFri, 10 Nov 2017 13:57:51 +0000Like Condensed Milk? Try the ‘Meat Biscuit’https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/condensed-milk-try-meat-biscuit-180967095/The meat biscuit was a practical idea but Gail Borden, also the inventor of condensed milk, never made it workThu, 09 Nov 2017 14:30:00 +0000Three Things to Know About Benjamin Banneker's Pioneering Careerhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/three-things-know-about-astronomer-benjamin-bannekers-pioneering-career-180967136/Banneker was a successful almanac-maker and self-taught student of mathematics and astronomyThu, 09 Nov 2017 11:00:00 +0000The True Story of the German-Jewish High Jumper Who Was Barred From the Berlin Olympicshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/true-story-german-jewish-high-jumper-who-was-barred-berlin-olympics-180967154/A new Olympic Channel documentary explores Margaret Lambert's stunted path to Olympic glory—and her resilience in the face of persecution Wed, 08 Nov 2017 21:06:38 +0000A Union Captain Nearly Dragged the British Into the Civil War In 1861https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/during-civil-war-us-almost-went-war-britain-too-180967094/As if the country didn't have enough to worry aboutWed, 08 Nov 2017 15:00:00 +0000Composer Kurt Weill's Long-Forgotten “Song of the White Cheese" Discovered in Berlin Archivehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/listen-newly-discovered-song-composer-kurt-weill-180967140/Listen to the 1931 ditty, which had gone unnoticed in the collection of a little-known actressWed, 08 Nov 2017 11:00:00 +0000Hermann Rorschach’s Artistic Obsession Led to His Famous Test https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hermann-rorschachs-artistic-obsession-led-his-famous-test-180967088/Rorschach's high school nickname was "Kleck," which means "inkblot" in GermanWed, 08 Nov 2017 11:00:00 +0000Masterpiece of Greek Art Found in the Griffin Warrior Tombhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/masterpiece-greek-art-found-griffin-warrior-tomb-180967141/The engraving on the Pylos Combat Agate is so tiny and intricate that it changes our understanding of what the ancient Greeks could produceTue, 07 Nov 2017 21:01:25 +0000Central Park Has No Monuments Dedicated to Real Women. That's About to Changehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/central-park-monuments-real-women-thats-about-to-change-180967142/The future site was dedicated during the state's centennial of women's suffrage; the State of New York also will build two statues of suffrage leadersTue, 07 Nov 2017 20:10:00 +0000Germany’s Central Bank Funds Investigation Into Its Nazi Tieshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/germanys-central-bank-funds-investigation-its-nazi-ties-180967134/Researchers have already uncovered a damning letter from one of the bank's former presidentsTue, 07 Nov 2017 18:10:31 +0000 When Enslaved People Commandeered a Ship and Hightailed it to Freedom in the Bahamashttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/slave-revolt-ended-128-enslaved-people-free-bahamas-180967070/It's been called the most successful slave rebellion in U.S. historyTue, 07 Nov 2017 17:00:00 +0000The Third-Term Controversy That Gave the Republican Party Its Symbolhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/third-term-controversy-gave-republican-party-its-symbol-180967079/The elephant and the donkey as symbols for America's biggest political parties date back to the 1800s and this controversyTue, 07 Nov 2017 16:00:00 +0000Three Quirky Facts About Marie Curiehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/three-quirky-facts-about-marie-curie-180967075/In honor of her 150th birthday, let's review a few lesser-known pieces of her personal historyTue, 07 Nov 2017 15:12:14 +0000John Philip Sousa Feared ‘The Menace of Mechanical Music’https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/john-philip-sousa-feared-menace-mechanical-music-180967063/Wonder what he’d say about SpotifyMon, 06 Nov 2017 14:10:00 +0000Most Antiquities Sold Online Are Fake or Illegalhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/most-antiquities-sold-online-are-fake-or-illegal-180967062/Social media and ISIS have combined to flood the web with thousands of questionable artifactsFri, 03 Nov 2017 17:52:01 +0000Harriet Tubman’s Canadian Church Is Struggling to Survivehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/harriet-tubmans-canadian-church-struggling-survive-180967061/The Salem Chapel in St. Catharines, Ontario, is in desperate need of repairsFri, 03 Nov 2017 16:10:36 +0000The Poetic Tale of Literary Outlaw Black Barthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/poetic-tale-literary-outlaw-black-bart-180965356/Stagecoach robber Charles Bole took the inspiration for his pseudonym from pulp fictionFri, 03 Nov 2017 15:48:13 +0000Can a Sandwich Be Intellectual Property?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/can-sandwich-be-intellectual-property-180965359/This is the story of a patent war over PB&JFri, 03 Nov 2017 10:00:00 +0000Storm Ophelia Unearthed an Ancient Skeleton in Irelandhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/storm-ophelia-unearthed-ancient-skeleton-ireland-180965365/Some of the skeleton’s skin was still preservedThu, 02 Nov 2017 18:13:43 +0000Archaeologists Date Pre-Hispanic Puerto Rican Rock Art for the First Timehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-date-puerto-rican-rock-art-first-time-180967050/A new analysis looks at the thousands of images found in caves on Mona Island, a spiritual hub for the Taino cultureThu, 02 Nov 2017 15:31:32 +0000New York City Is Asking Its Residents for Input on Controversial Statueshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/will-survey-quell-controversy-surrounding-new-yorks-monuments-180967039/A seven-question survey allows respondents to propose action regarding existing works, suggest new monumentsThu, 02 Nov 2017 10:00:00 +0000The Public Can Finally See Works From the Infamous Nazi-Looted Art Trovehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/works-nazi-looted-art-trove-will-be-publicly-displayed-first-time-180967020/Two exhibitions are exploring the treasures and context behind the cache of "degenerate" art uncovered in a Munich apartment in 2012Wed, 01 Nov 2017 18:15:00 +0000Revisiting the Myth of Mata Hari, From Sultry Spy to Government Scapegoat https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/revisiting-myth-mata-hari-sultry-spy-government-scapegoat-180967013/One hundred years after her death, a new exhibit is putting the spotlight on the dancer’s life and legacyWed, 01 Nov 2017 16:26:15 +0000 This New Zealand Island’s Pigeon Mail Stamps Are Still Prizedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-zealand-islands-pigeon-mail-stamps-are-still-prized-180965342/Pigeons carried correspondence between Great Barrier Island and the New Zealand mainland for about a decade in the early 20th centuryWed, 01 Nov 2017 16:14:45 +0000The Creator of Sherlock Holmes Was, Like Many Victorians, Fascinated by Mormonshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-was-arthur-conan-doyle-fascinated-mormons-180965353/The first story featuring iconic detective Sherlock Holmes, 'A Study in Scarlet,' was published on this day in 1887—and set in Mormon UtahWed, 01 Nov 2017 14:03:00 +0000Dennis Banks, Native American Civil Rights Warrior, Has Diedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dennis-banks-native-american-civil-rights-warrior-has-died-180967037/He rose to national attention after spearheading a 71-day occupation of Wounded Knee, South DakotaTue, 31 Oct 2017 20:31:19 +0000Roman Mosaic, Long Used as a Coffee Table, Returned To Italyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/roman-mosaic-long-used-coffee-table-returned-italy-180966968/The mosaic hails from a “pleasure ship” built by the notorious emperor Caligula Tue, 31 Oct 2017 19:27:28 +0000A Short History of the Crosswalkhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/short-history-crosswalk-180965339/Pedestrian crosswalks and roads have a complicated relationshipTue, 31 Oct 2017 14:35:18 +0000In Emotional Homecoming, Smithsonian Repatriates 24 Sets of Human Remainshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/smithsonian-repatriates-24-sets-human-remains-alaskan-community-180966927/Collected by an anthropologist in 1931, the National Museum of Natural History returned the bones to the village of IgiugigTue, 31 Oct 2017 10:00:00 +0000Zombie Movies Are Never Really About Zombieshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/zombie-movies-are-never-really-about-zombies-180965321/Zombies have offered a way to work out cultural fears about everything from race to climate changeMon, 30 Oct 2017 15:20:00 +0000How New Printing Technology Gave Witches Their Familiar Silhouettehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-new-printing-technology-gave-witches-their-familiar-silhouette-180965331/Popular media helped give witches their imageMon, 30 Oct 2017 15:00:00 +0000Getting to the Roots of "Plant Horror"https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/getting-roots-plant-horror-180965323/From the serious—pod people—to the farcical—”feed me, feed me!”—this genre has produced some strange stuffMon, 30 Oct 2017 14:00:00 +0000These Two Small Letters Heralded the Beginning of Online Communicationhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-two-small-letters-heralded-beginning-online-communication-180965327/Their message is far more profound in retrospect than it was at the timeFri, 27 Oct 2017 13:10:00 +0000The History of Mincemeat Pies, from the Crusades to Christmashttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/crusades-christmas-history-mincemeat-pies-180966981/Mentioned by Shakespeare, allegedly banned by Puritans, and enjoyed by many still, these traditional treats have a long history in English cuisineThu, 26 Oct 2017 19:01:46 +0000This Ancient Skull May Have Belonged to The World's Oldest Tsunami Victimhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/skull-may-be-oldest-known-tsunami-victim-180966982/A new study says Papua New Guinea's Aitape skull is from someone who died in a massive ocean wave 6,000 years agoThu, 26 Oct 2017 18:57:39 +0000Rare Mariner’s Astrolabe Found in Shipwreck Near Omanhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rare-mariners-astrolabe-found-shipwreck-near-oman-2-180966980/Contrary to some reports, it may not be the earliest-known marine navigational tool—but it's still a spectacular findThu, 26 Oct 2017 18:24:57 +0000Pablo Neruda Did Not Die of Cancer, Raising the Possibility He Was Murderedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pablo-neruda-did-not-die-cancer-raising-possibility-he-was-murdered-180966924/The Nobel-prize winning Chilean poet died 2 weeks after the brutal Pinochet regime took power in his countryWed, 25 Oct 2017 19:55:58 +0000Google Earth Leads to Discovery of 400 Stone "Gates" in Saudi Arabiahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/google-earth-leads-discovery-400-stone-gates-saudi-arabia-180965364/Amateur researchers first came across the rock structures in 2004. Four years later, after seeing them again on Google Earth, they decided to investigateTue, 24 Oct 2017 19:58:22 +0000Archaeologists Discover Trove of Cuneiform Tablets in Northern Iraqhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-cuneiform-tablets-northern-iraq-180966923/Many of the 93 artifacts were unbaked and badly worn, making reading and translating the tablets a lengthy taskTue, 24 Oct 2017 17:58:20 +0000Songbook From the 16th-Century Spells Out Samurai Customs, Tactics and Baby Nameshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/songbook-16th-century-spells-out-samurai-customs-tactics-and-baby-names-180965361/The newly translated Japanese text offers kernels of advice to warriors who had yet to face battleMon, 23 Oct 2017 16:55:28 +0000Remains of Temple to Ramses II Discovered Near Cairohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/temple-powerful-egyptian-pharaoh-discovered-180965325/The recent find was five years in the makingFri, 20 Oct 2017 21:14:46 +0000Roman Theater Uncovered Near Jerusalem's Western Wallhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/roman-theater-uncovered-near-jerusalems-wailing-wall-180965307/Never finished or used, the small theater has been sought for more than a century by archaeologistsFri, 20 Oct 2017 19:53:21 +0000Barack Obama's Letters From Three Decades Agohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/barack-obama-letters-35-years-ago-180965335/As a striving college student and recent graduate, letters by the future president depict a man coming to terms with his identity and futureFri, 20 Oct 2017 18:09:36 +0000Stone Age Britons Feasted While Building Stonehengehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/stone-age-britons-feasted-hard-while-building-stonehenge-180965324/A new exhibit shows that the builders gorged on animals from as far away as ScotlandFri, 20 Oct 2017 16:48:25 +0000These Dummies Gave Us a Crash Course on Auto Safetyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-dummies-gave-us-crash-course-auto-safety-180965313/Many of your car's safety features owe a lot to these inanimate peopleFri, 20 Oct 2017 15:00:00 +0000JFK Faked a Cold to Get Back to Washington During the Cuban Missile Crisishttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/jfk-faked-cold-get-back-washington-during-cuban-missile-crisis-180965308/The president was in Chicago when he got the news that he needed to make a decisionFri, 20 Oct 2017 13:30:00 +0000Declassified Records Show U.S. Knew About, Supported 1965 Massacre in Indonesia https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/declassified-records-show-us-knew-about-supported-1965-massacre-indonesia-180965326/One cable referred to the brutal transition of power as a "fantastic switch"Thu, 19 Oct 2017 19:34:06 +0000Volcanic Eruptions Could Have Spurred Revolts in Ancient Egypthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-volcanic-eruptions-spurred-revolts-ancient-egypt-180965306/A new study comparing eruptions and uprisings looks at how volcanoes meddle with annual Nile floodsThu, 19 Oct 2017 14:03:33 +0000Three Things to Know About Pants-Wearing Mountaineer Annie Smith Peckhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/three-things-know-about-pants-wearing-mountaineer-annie-smith-peck-180965297/Peck wasn’t wealthy and her family, who did have money, didn’t approve of her globe-trotting, mountain-climbing, pants-wearing lifestyle Thu, 19 Oct 2017 14:00:00 +0000John Z. DeLorean Thought He Was Designing the Car of the Futurehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/john-z-delorean-thought-he-was-designing-car-future-180965302/Instead its almost-instantly out-of-date styling made it a legendThu, 19 Oct 2017 13:00:00 +0000The Real-Life Whale That Gave Moby Dick His Namehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/real-life-whale-inspired-moby-dick-180965282/Mocha Dick had encounters with around 100 ships before he was finally killedWed, 18 Oct 2017 16:00:00 +000025 Images Capture at-Risk Heritage Sites of the Latest World Monuments Watchhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/world-monuments-fund-releases-list-25-risk-heritage-sites-180965300/The World Monuments Fund shines a light on landmarks in over 30 countries and territories that are in desperate need of conservationWed, 18 Oct 2017 15:19:08 +0000How Nicholas Culpeper Brought Medicine to the Peoplehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-nicholas-culpeper-brought-medicine-people-180965291/His 17th-century text is still in print todayWed, 18 Oct 2017 14:00:00 +0000The "Unlikely Historians" Who Documented America in Protesthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/unlikely-historians-nypd-who-documented-america-protest-180965271/A new exhibit showcases photos and films that have long been stowed away in a basement at New York Police Department's headquartersTue, 17 Oct 2017 17:12:18 +0000How Margarita Cansino Became Rita Hayworthhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-margarita-cansino-became-rita-hayworth-180965275/Hayworth navigated identity, ethnicity and transformation throughout her careerTue, 17 Oct 2017 13:40:00 +0000The Cardiff Giant Was Just a Big Hoaxhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cardiff-giant-was-just-big-hoax-180965274/Even though it didn't really look much like a petrified person, spectacle-seekers flocked to view itMon, 16 Oct 2017 14:18:12 +0000Mark Twain Liked Cats Better Than Peoplehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mark-twain-liked-cats-better-people-180965265/Who wouldn't? Mon, 16 Oct 2017 14:00:00 +0000Footage Recalls the Night Madison Square Garden Filled With Nazishttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/documentary-shows-1939-nazi-rally-madison-square-garden-180965248/A short documentary shows the 20,000-strong rally held by the Nazi-supporting German-American Bund in 1939Fri, 13 Oct 2017 19:51:26 +0000Five Things You Didn't Know About the Boy Scouts of Americahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/five-things-you-didnt-know-about-boy-scout-membership-180965254/The Boy Scouts will begin admitting girls next year, just one of many changes the organization has undergone over the yearsFri, 13 Oct 2017 17:53:45 +0000A Century After WWI, a Victory Garden Sows Seeds of Remembrancehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/historic-war-gardens-commemorate-100th-anniversary-wwi-180965251/The Library of Congress is playing host to heirloom vegetables and traditional growing methods that date back to 1917Fri, 13 Oct 2017 15:29:20 +0000Why Is Friday the 13th Supposedly Unlucky?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-friday-13th-supposedly-unlucky-180965147/No one really knows–spooky, right? Fri, 13 Oct 2017 10:00:00 +0000Scholar Deciphers 3,200-Year-Old Inscription That Could Shed Light on the "Sea People"https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/3200-year-old-inscription-lost-language-and-lot-doubt-180965244/But the Luwian language text's unproven provenance calls its authenticity into questionThu, 12 Oct 2017 17:43:43 +0000The Man Who Invented Nitroglycerin Was Horrified By Dynamitehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/man-who-invented-nitroglycerin-was-horrified-dynamite-180965192/Alfred Nobel–yes, that Nobel–commercialized it, but inventor Asciano Sobrero thought nitroglycerin was too destructive to be usefulThu, 12 Oct 2017 10:00:00 +0000Restoration Uncovers Four Figures Hidden in 17th-Century Paintinghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/four-catholic-figures-found-hidden-17th-century-painting-reformation-leaders-180965174/The discovery sheds new light on the painting’s anti-Catholic message Wed, 11 Oct 2017 20:35:02 +0000These Were the First Cookbooks Published By Black People in Americahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-were-first-cookbooks-published-black-people-america-180965175/These cookbooks and domestic guides offer historians a window into the experiences and tastes of black Americans in the 1800sWed, 11 Oct 2017 19:49:16 +0000Reconstructed Auschwitz Letter Reveals Horrors Endured by Forced Laborerhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/reconstructed-auschwitz-letter-reveals-horrors-endured-forced-laborer-180965238/Marcel Nadjari buried his letter hoping it would one day reach his familyWed, 11 Oct 2017 19:31:07 +0000Records of Residential School Abuse Can Be Destroyed, Canadian Supreme Court Rules https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/canadian-supreme-court-rules-records-residential-school-abuse-can-be-destroyed-180965232/The federal government wanted to retain the documents, but survivors said they were promised confidentiality Wed, 11 Oct 2017 19:17:06 +0000How Eleanor Roosevelt and Henrietta Nesbitt Transformed the White House Kitchenhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-eleanor-roosevelt-and-henrietta-nesbitt-transformed-white-house-kitchen-180965159/The kitchen was new, but by all accounts it didn't help the cookingWed, 11 Oct 2017 14:00:00 +0000There Never Were 57 Varieties of Heinz Ketchup https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/there-never-were-57-varieties-heinz-ketchup-180965158/The '57' doesn't actually refer to <I>anything</i>Wed, 11 Oct 2017 13:30:00 +0000Virtually Explore a World War II Shipwreck in 360 Degreeshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/shipwreck-world-war-ii-goes-digital-180965165/High-resolution video and 3D scanning brings the SS <i>Thistlegorm</i> to armchair archaeologists everywhereTue, 10 Oct 2017 20:13:14 +0000Canoe Churned up by Irma May Date to the 1600shttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/canoe-churned-irma-may-date-1600s-180965161/Radiocarbon dating shows the dugout canoe found in Cocoa, Florida, has a 50 percent chance of being from 1640 to 1680Tue, 10 Oct 2017 18:58:25 +0000The Sweet Story of the Berlin Candy Bomberhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sweet-story-berlin-candy-bomber-180965156/Gail Halvorsen's efforts made children happy but they also provided the U.S. military with an opportunityTue, 10 Oct 2017 15:53:22 +0000Get Stuck on Band-Aid Historyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/get-stuck-band-aid-history-180965157/Small injuries are a commonplace problem, but before the Band-Aid, protecting papercuts and other such wounds was a huge hassleTue, 10 Oct 2017 14:00:00 +0000Jane Squire and the Longitude Warshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/jane-squire-and-longitude-wars-180965143/The sixteenth-century debate over how to determine longitude had a lot of participants—and one womanTue, 10 Oct 2017 13:00:00 +0000How a 1604 Supernova Presented a Challenge to Astronomershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-1604-supernova-presented-challenge-astronomers-180965138/The supernova provided proof to Galileo, Kepler and others that the heavens were not fixed–although they were wrong about what caused the bright starMon, 09 Oct 2017 13:20:00 +0000More Than 30 Years Since Their Discovery, Prions Still Fascinate, Terrify and Mystify Ushttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/prions-are-fascinating-terrifying-and-still-mysterious-180965125/Figuring out what they were was just the beginning of a field of research into prions and prion diseases that's still growingFri, 06 Oct 2017 13:20:00 +0000Canada to Replace Holocaust Plaque After Uproarhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/canada-replace-holocaust-plaque-after-uproar-180965140/The plaque dedicating the country's new national Holocaust memorial was criticized for making no reference to Jews or anti-SemitismThu, 05 Oct 2017 21:02:42 +0000 ‘Why ‘The Family Circus’ Was Always So Sentimentalhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-family-circus-was-always-so-sentimental-180965114/Cartoonist Bil Keane landed on a formula that worked and he stuck to itThu, 05 Oct 2017 15:59:15 +0000Antikythera Shipwreck Yields New Cache of Treasures, Hints More May Be Buried at Sitehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/seven-bronze-statues-may-be-buried-site-antikythera-shipwreck-180965127/The discovery of an ancient bronze arm is a rare archaeological findThu, 05 Oct 2017 14:45:12 +0000Even Colonial Americans Liked Pumpkin Spicehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/even-colonial-americans-liked-pumpkin-spice-180965134/A recipe for pumpkin (or rather, “pompkin”) spice appears in America’s oldest cookbookThu, 05 Oct 2017 14:38:22 +0000People in the 1800s Dreamed of Bicycling on Waterhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/people-1800s-dreamed-bicycling-water-180965107/Despite numerous patents, nothing really ever came of this fadThu, 05 Oct 2017 13:09:00 +0000Investigators Are Turning to Big Data to Find Who Betrayed Anne Frankhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/investigators-are-using-big-data-analysis-find-out-who-betrayed-anne-frank-180965117/Many experts believe that someone alerted Nazi authorities to the hiding place of Frank and her family, but the culprit has never been determined Wed, 04 Oct 2017 20:47:14 +0000Turkey Claims It's Found Saint Nicholas' Crypthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/turkey-claims-its-found-st-nicholas-crypt-180965116/Archaeologists say the body was not stolen by crusaders in the 11th century and is still located below a church in DemreWed, 04 Oct 2017 20:08:29 +0000Rome's Colosseum Is Reopening Its Upper Tiers to Visitorshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/upper-tiers-colosseum-reopen-public-180965108/For the first time in four decades, the public will be able to enter the top levels of Rome’s amphitheaterWed, 04 Oct 2017 16:39:40 +0000World's Largest Online Database of Jewish Art Preserves At-Risk Heritage Objectshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/worlds-largest-database-jewish-art-preserves-risk-heritage-objects-180965103/Take a tour through the Bezalel Narkiss Index of Jewish Art, which contains more than 260,000 entries from 41 countriesWed, 04 Oct 2017 15:30:26 +0000How Scientists Decide Which Animal Genomes to Sequencehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-scientists-decide-which-animal-genomes-sequence-180965101/There are an estimated 8.7 million species on Earth–it's unlikely scientists will ever sequence them allWed, 04 Oct 2017 13:05:00 +0000Hemingway's Earliest Piece of Fiction Discoveredhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hemingways-earliest-piece-fiction-discovered-180965098/The phony travelogue describes a trip from his home in Illinois across the Atlantic to Ireland and ScotlandWed, 04 Oct 2017 12:00:00 +0000The Irish Cardiologist Whose Invention Saved LBJhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/irish-cardiologist-whose-invention-saved-lbj-180965080/Frank Pantridge miniaturized the defibrillator, making it portableTue, 03 Oct 2017 16:04:26 +0000Ancient Statue Damaged by ISIS Resurrected in Damascushttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-statue-damaged-isis-resurrected-damascus-180965091/Palmyra's Lion of Al-lāt, as the statue is known, once adorned the temple of a pre-Islamic goddess Tue, 03 Oct 2017 15:05:46 +0000The Most 'Realistic' Civil War Novel Was Written Three Decades After It Endedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/most-realistic-civil-war-novel-180965077/By an author who wasn't even alive when it occurredTue, 03 Oct 2017 14:51:00 +0000The Hollywood Star Who Confronted the AIDS 'Silent Epidemic'https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hollywood-star-who-confronted-aids-silent-epidemic-180965059/Rock Hudson died of AIDS-related complications on this day in 1985Mon, 02 Oct 2017 15:00:00 +0000How a Controversial European Architect Shaped New Yorkhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-controversial-european-architect-shaped-new-york-180965073/Le Corbusier's ideas arguably helped shape the city more than his own designsMon, 02 Oct 2017 14:00:00 +0000This 17th-Century "Women's Petition Against Coffee" Probably Wasn't About Women, or Coffeehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/meet-pro-temperance-women-who-crusaded-against-coffee-180965039/It probably wasn't written by angry, sex-deprived wives–although stranger things have happenedMon, 02 Oct 2017 14:00:00 +0000The Perks and Pitfalls of Being a Nobel Laureate: Early Mornings, Performance Anxietyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/perks-and-pitfalls-being-nobel-laureate-early-mornings-performance-anxiety-180965042/On the plus side, at UC Berkeley you get free parkingMon, 02 Oct 2017 13:33:54 +0000Printer’s Manuscript of the Book of Mormon Sells for $35 Millionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/book-mormon-manuscript-purchased-record-35-million-180965075/Adjusting for inflation, Bill Gates’ $30.8 million purchase of Leonardo da Vinci’s Codex Leicester in 1994 remains the most expensive manuscript saleFri, 29 Sep 2017 19:49:23 +0000The 1982 Tylenol Terror Shattered American Consumer Innocencehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-1982-tylenol-terror-led-sealed-packaging-180965019/Seven people lost their lives after taking poisoned Tylenol. The tragedy led to important safety reformsFri, 29 Sep 2017 16:49:34 +0000Competition Wants You to Turn Cultural Heritage Into GIFshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/help-turn-vintage-images-gifs-180965069/The latest round of "GIF It Up" seeks the best GIFs made from public domain prints, photos, paintings and moreFri, 29 Sep 2017 15:39:02 +0000Why Coco Chanel Created the Little Black Dresshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-coco-chanel-created-lbd-180965024/The style icon created a... well.... style icon in 1926Fri, 29 Sep 2017 13:33:34 +0000Your Mocha is Named After the Birthplace of the Coffee Tradehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/your-mocha-named-after-birthplace-coffee-trade-180965016/The port city of Mocha, in Yemen, was once a vast coffee marketplaceFri, 29 Sep 2017 13:04:38 +0000Three True Things About Sanitary Engineer Thomas Crapperhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/three-true-things-about-sanitary-engineer-thomas-crapper-180965008/Thomas Crapper's actual innovation was entirely tangential to the flush toiletThu, 28 Sep 2017 14:00:00 +0000Why You Should Appreciate the Invention of the Bendy Strawhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-appreciate-bendy-straw-180965014/It's the straw that bends, not the personThu, 28 Sep 2017 13:00:00 +0000Excavations Begin on Paul Revere's Privyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/excavations-begin-paul-reveres-privy-180965044/Archaeologists in Boston hope the outhouse will reveal the diet and detritus of the families that lived on the siteWed, 27 Sep 2017 19:24:59 +0000A Sixteenth-Century Hot Date Might Include a Trip to the Dissecting Theaterhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sixteenth-century-hot-date-might-include-trip-dissecting-theater-180964999/Anatomy theaters were an early site for science as spectacleWed, 27 Sep 2017 15:05:00 +0000Jar of Headless Toads Found in Bronze Age Tombhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/jar-headless-toads-found-bronze-age-tomb-180965031/Found in Jerusalem, the little hoppers could have been an afterlife snack or a symbol of rejuvenationWed, 27 Sep 2017 14:44:25 +0000In Vitro Fertilization Was Once As Controversial As Gene Editing is Todayhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/vitro-fertilization-was-once-controversial-cloning-today-180964989/The scientists who pioneered it were regarded as pariahs, even within their own universitiesWed, 27 Sep 2017 14:00:00 +0000Drones Reveal Unexplored Ancient Settlement in Iraqi Kurdistanhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/drones-reveal-unexplored-ancient-settlement-iraqi-kurdistan-180965028/The settlement was first spotted in declassified Cold War spy images from the 1960sTue, 26 Sep 2017 18:32:57 +0000Lots of Sweet Potatoes Could’ve Made Easter Island a Bustling Placehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/easter-island-couldve-been-fairly-crowded-180965020/A new agricultural analysis of the island finds that the crop could have supported more than 17,000 peopleTue, 26 Sep 2017 16:03:21 +0000The Modern World Depends on Humble Cementhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/modern-world-depends-humble-cement-180964983/Portland cement is a key ingredient in one of the world’s most common materials Tue, 26 Sep 2017 16:00:00 +0000How The U.S. Won the Race to Circumnavigate the Globe by Airhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-us-won-race-circumnavigate-globe-air-180964977/The first round-the-world flight was an achievement but also a surpriseMon, 25 Sep 2017 15:00:00 +0000This Ambitious Young Sculptor Gave Us A Lincoln For the Capitolhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ambitious-young-sculptor-gave-us-lincoln-capitol-180964974/Vinnie Ream was the first female artist commissioned to create a work of art for the U.S. governmentMon, 25 Sep 2017 15:00:00 +0000