Category Archives: Odds & Ends

Unification of America During the 1950s and 60s

During the 1950s and 60s, America became a more unified nation. This is not to say that all aspects of American culture and class were equal; however, the nation, as a whole, was making excellent strides to becoming “the land of the free and the home of the brave.” The unification of the American people and the slowdown in discrimination of class status was not an overnight miracle fix; it… Read More »

The Irony of the Freedom Train and the Loss of American Rights

With the start of the Cold War, an ironic twist of fate occurred in regards to America’s freedoms. The United States, having just fought a world war in the name of democracy, was now going to impede upon the rights of its own citizens in the fight against communism. On September 17, 1947, the American government allowed the Freedom Train to pull away onto the American railway. This train, painted… Read More »

Project A119: America Tried to Blow Up the Moon

Ever hear about the time that America tried to blow up the Moon with a nuclear bomb? Okay, they didn’t really try to blow it up, but they did want to detonate a nuclear bomb on the Moon’s surface–you know, for science… Project A119 was the official name of the United States Air Force’s top-secret plan. It was also known as “A Study of Lunar Research Flight.” It was 1958,… Read More »

Chinese History and its Fusion of Interacting, Distinguishable Cultures

America has a sordid past; it is marred with the eradication of the native population, centuries of brutally-savage slavery, and the oppression of almost every race and religion that ever arrived on American soil. Yet, somehow, America overcame its differences and, as a nation, became synonymous with the term ‘melting pot.’ One may see this as an impressive feat; however, it pales in comparison to what the Chinese accomplished over… Read More »

The Chinese Story of Creation (It’s Closer to Christianity than You Thought)

I am currently enrolled in a class, at The University of Memphis, HIST 3290: Traditional East Asia. There is nothing more scary to me that venturing out into unknown territory; I miss my American history comfort zone! The following video was assigned as part of the class. It is a short animated video (9:30), entitled Nü Wa Patches Up the Sky. This video shows us the Chinese story of creation. It… Read More »

Molon Labe: What Does it Meme?

Most internet memes pop up out of nowhere and take the world by storm, however, the molon labe memes have been in the works for more than two-thousand years. From bumper stickers to hilariously–inappropriate pictures, molon labe memes are becoming more and more popular with political pundits and internet journalists. In political news and in conservative circles, the term ‘molon labe’ has been tossed around a lot lately. The Greek… Read More »