Joined: Jul 30, 2014
Erin Blakemore is a library school drop-out, historian, freelance writer, and author of the award-winning The Heroine’s Bookshelf (Harper). She dishes about books, history, and channeling your inner heroine at erinblakemore.com.
Clues to London's history still survive in the names of many of its most famous areas.
Connecting to emergency services used to be much less efficient—until a 1935 disaster.
First, Marie Curie tried to donate her Nobel Prize medals. When bank officials refused to melt them down, she donated her prize money to purchase war bonds instead.
Both crime and amphibians may play a role.
Thanks to George Pinker, royal babies are born in the hospital, not the palace.
Wyoming and Colorado have been fighting over the body for years.
Eventually, school lunch became seen as a way to “eat democracy."
Jollyville got its name from a person, not a state of mind.
She was 53 and one of America's most famous comedians—then she started tickling the ivories in addition to funny bones.
A den of corruption, prostitution, and sin.
Brewing beer was an important part of women's lives for centuries, and Jane Austen was no exception.
Smog, military bases, and a long-forgotten place called Swampoodle.