Roman Teeth Whitening

The Romans used human urine as a mouthwash and teeth whitener.  This may seem somewhat disgusting but it was effective. However, even in Roman times, it was not universally popular, as an extract from a poem by Roman poet Catullus, who was not fond of Egnatius, reads: Egnatius, because he Continue Reading

They couldn’t hit an elephant at this distance

Union General John Sedgwick was a brave and inspiring figure in the American Civil War. At a skirmish near Spotsylvania Court House, Confederate snipers were causing  problems when he was trying to deploy his men.  The following report by General McMahon who was at his side, describes his unfortunate last conversation: Continue Reading