United We Fell

In a trouble-beset century, the greatest challenges for the United Nation ironically comes from the inside.  — by Archibald S. Hone.  “The Secretariat building in New York has 38 stories. If it lost ten stories, it wouldn’t make a bit of difference,” said John Bolton, the former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. Although I usually find … Continue reading

12 Most Exclusive and Influential Societies

1. Freemasonry Possibly the most easiest to gain access to in the groups on this page, Freemasonry allegedly extends its roots back to the Biblical times, linking the society with the building of the Temple of Solomon. Its members call it “The Craft”  and the society is split into various subgroups and orders, all of which … Continue reading

12 Evil Fictional Characters

This is inspired by this list: 50 Greatest Villains in Literature. Since I don’t agree with some of their choices, this list was born. Here are the twelve notable flagrant omission on the Telegraph’s list: 1. Uriah Heep One of the more vivid and polarizing characters in Dickens’ David Copperfield, obsequious, greedy and insincere Uriah Heep was physically modeled upon … Continue reading

Literature's Most Touching Love Triangles

My Tribute to Valentine Day Rhett Butler & Scarlett O’ Hara & Ashley Wilkes It was the greatest love story that never was. In 1937 Pulitzer Prize winning novel Gone With the Wind, Margaret Mitchell tells the story of young and adventurous Scarlett O’Hara during and after the Civil War. Scarlett believes she loves Ashley … Continue reading

The 10 Most Exclusive College Societies

The Seven Society, University of Virginia The Seven Society, founded in 1905, is the most secretive of all university collegiate societies. Members’ names are only revealed after their death, when a wreath of black magnolias in the shape of a “7” is placed at the gravesite, and the bell tower of the University Chapel chimes … Continue reading

Unknown people….famous deeds

Forgotten censor causes the Russian Revolution In 1867, Karl Marx published Das Kapital, a monumental work of 25 years, most of which he spent researching in the Reading Room of the British Museum. The first translation of his biting critique of the capitalism was into Russian. In early April 1872, the book was released in … Continue reading

….Things that Never Were

A Tudor who Never Was In 1931, Anthony Hall (1898-1947), a former Shropshire police inspector wrote a letter to Britain’s King George V., saying he had a better claim to the throne than King George V., since, he wrote, he claimed his ancestry back to Thomas Hall, a “bastard son” of Henry VIII. Tall, polite … Continue reading