Category: History

From the internet

Posted on September 2nd, by Hayley in History, On the Interwebs. No Comments

On the internet this week, I enjoyed this blog post (warning: contains curse words) by a mom really upset with JC Penney over that shirt they were selling, which I think they have since stopped selling.

And you should read this post from the same blog, because it’s great.

I also found a new awesome* website that you should all visit. It contains images like this:


*Awesome = History-related

Trying to Be Nice

Posted on January 31st, by Hayley in Andy Rooney, History, Letters of Note. No Comments

It has recently come to my attention that two gentleman who I don’t typically hold in especially high regard have done commendable things in their lives, and I feel like sharing.

First up, my friend Andy Rooney. Mr. Rooney often makes the last few minutes of my pre-The Amazing Race Sunday nights somewhat unbearable. While I’m waiting patiently for Phil, I have to sit through Rooney discussing topics such as how people carry things or what he found in his kitchen drawers. (Please watch this video. It is amazing. And I want that tuna can thing.)

I was recently watching an episode of WWII in HD. It’s an interesting show that often uses first-person accounts to flesh out big events. In this particular episode, they used the writings of Andy Rooney, who was a war correspondent, when discussing the bombing raids … Read More »

Dear Santa, For Christmas this year I want everyone to chill out. Cheers, Hayley

This is the first in a new blog series I’m calling “The 12 Posts of Christmas.” Clever, right? I’m probably the only blogger with this type of blog series this month. Actually, I’m just low on inspiration and thought it would be easy to come up with multiple posts regarding Christmas. I may, however, get bored of this before I reach 12 posts.

Last week, while I was waiting for Todd to get home so we could put up our tree, I watched something on the History Channel about the origins of Christmas. Every holiday gets one of these specials that goes through the different traditions associated with the holiday and explains when and why those traditions were started. I always like these specials, but it seems like I never get to … Read More »

Dishsoap and Deflated Egos

Posted on November 15th, by Hayley in Embarassments, History, Random Stuff. 1 Comment

Last weekend Todd came into the living room from the kitchen, commenting that the dishwasher detergent left a lot of suds in the dishwasher, so he was running it again on a rinse cycle. Turns out, it wasn’t detergent that he’d put in the dishwasher, but dish soap. See, we don’t have a ton of space under our kitchen sink to store cleaning supplies, so I bought some pretty dish soap and all-purpose cleaner that we could just leave out on the counter. Todd read the back of the dish soap bottle, saw “dishwater” but read it as “dishwasher,” and decided to try it out. It took multiple rinse cycles to get all the suds out of the dishwasher.

Because it’s only fair for me to share something embarassing about myself* after sharing something embarassing about Todd, I will tell you … Read More »

Thanks, New York Times!

Posted on November 5th, by Hayley in Civil War, History, On the Interwebs. No Comments

The New York Times just started a new blog called Disunion that “revisits and reconsiders America’s most perilous period — using contemporary accounts, diaries, images and historical assessments to follow the Civil War as it unfolded.” The first three posts are very interesting and I’ve already learned so much (for example, Baltimore has always been a very scary place).

Here’s an excerpt from the second post, The Last Ordinary Day:

“It was an ordinary day in America: one of the last such days for a very long time to come.

In dusty San Antonio, Colonel Robert E. Lee of the U.S. Army had just submitted a long report to Washington about recent skirmishes against marauding Comanches and Mexican banditti. In Louisiana, William Tecumseh Sherman was in the midst of a tedious week interviewing teenage applicants to the military academy where he served as … Read More »