The 1957 movie Bridge on the River Kwai may be one of the most famous war movies ever made, winning seven Oscars including Best Picture and Best Actor for Alec Guinness. But the reality was a bit different than the movie.
Spike from the Burma Railroad
Continue reading Bridge on the River Kwai: The True Story
In ancient Egypt, mummification was a central part of religious life. But animals also played a role in the Egyptian religion, and most of the mummies that have been found are not humans.
Crocodile mummy, Carnegie Museum, Pittsburgh PA
Continue reading Egypt’s Animal Mummies
In some parts of Florida, you may find yourself surprised to encounter a very large and very unfriendly dinosaur-looking lizard from Africa.
Continue reading Florida’s Invaders: The Nile Monitor
During the Civil War, a band of Lumbee Indians in North Carolina known as the Lowry Gang waged a “Robin Hood” war against the white aristocracy, and became a local legend.
Tom Lowry pistol
North Carolina Museum of History
Continue reading The Lowry War
All of my diaries here are draft chapters for a number of book series that I am
working on for Red and Black Publishers. Several of these books are now
available, both in paperback and as Kindle eBooks:
Continue reading A Shameless Plug
Many of Florida’s invaders arrived here through the aquarium hobbyist trade, and that includes one of our recent arrivals—the Apple Snail.
Continue reading Florida’s Invaders: The Apple Snail
The Battle of the Teutoburg Forest, in 9 CE, was one of the most crushing defeats ever suffered by Rome. Three entire Legions were wiped out, and Roman expansion was halted–leading to a cultural divide within Europe that continues to this day.
Continue reading Battle of the Teutoburg Forest