The earliest history of surfing is entirely unknown, but it is likely that Pacific Islanders were riding atop waves on flat wooden boards for centuries before the Europeans arrived.
A homemade wooden surfboard from 1946, at the Texas Surf Museum in Corpus Christi
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In 1932, an unemployed German citizen named Oskar Speck set out on a paddling trip in his folding kayak that would take him 30,000 miles and bring him to the shore of Australia over seven years later.
Oskar Speck’s route
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In the 1970s, government officials in the Philippines announced the discovery of an unknown Stone Age tribe that was living in the jungles. But 15 years later, the “Tasaday” were denounced as a hoax, sparking off one of the strangest arguments in all of anthropology.
Tasaday photo from Wiki Commons
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Hanukkah, the “Festival of Lights”, has its origin in a Jewish rebellion against the Greeks, centuries before the Roman conquest.
Mattathias in the temple
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In 1909, Frenchman Louis Blériot, in his homemade single-wing design, proved the long-range capabilities of the airplane.
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Anyone who follows college football knows about the intense rivalry between Michigan and Ohio. But few realize that this enmity dates all the way back to the 19th century, when a dispute over the city of Toledo almost led to an armed conflict.
The map that started it all
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One of the deadliest political riots in American history happened on an Election Day in Louisville KY.
Continue reading Louisville’s Bloody Monday