The game of baseball developed gradually throughout the 19th century, contrary to the popular tale of Abner Doubleday inventing it one summer's day in Cooperstown, New York. The game was referred to by Walt Whitman in the 1850s, and it's known Civil War soldiers played it for diversion. After the war, professional leagues caught on.
A euphemism is a seemingly nice or polite way of expressing a harsh or unpleasant truth. In the Oxford Dictionary of Euphemisms (2007), R.W. Holder observes that euphemism is often "the language of evasion, hypocrisy, prudery, and deceit." To test that observation, consider these 51 alternative ways of saying "You're fired.
Hip Hop culture originated in the Bronx during the 1970s. DJ Kool Herc is credited with throwing the first hip hop party in 1973 in the Bronx. This is considered the birth of hip hop culture. But who followed in DJ Kool Herc's footsteps? DJ Kool Herc Astrid Stawiarz/Stringer/Getty Images DJ Kool Herc, also known as Kool Herc is credited for throwing the first hip hop party in 1973 at 1520 Sedgwick Avenue in the Bronx.
The Great Depression in Canada lasted for most of the 1930s. Pictures of relief camps, soup kitchens, protest marches, and drought are vivid reminders of the pain and desperation of those years. The Great Depression was felt across Canada, although its impact varied from region to region. Areas dependent on mining, logging, fishing, and farming were especially hard to hit, and drought on the Prairies left the rural population destitute.
Whales are a member of the cetacean family, and as such, despite being wholly water-resident, whales are mammals, not fish. There are only 83 species of cetaceans in the world organized into 14 families and two main subcategories: Toothed whales ( Odontoceti , including killer whales, narwhals, dolphins, and porpoises) and baleen whales ( Mysticeti , humpback whales, and rorquals).