Simone Biles stepped down from team competition at the 2021 Olympic Games (People.com

Last week Olympic gymnast Simone Biles decided to remove herself from the team competition in the Tokyo, Japan games. The accomplished gymnast, who won gold at the 2016 games, chose not to participate in the individual round due to mental health reasons. Instead, she cheered her teammates to a silver medal win. Fellow Team USA member Sunisa Lee took home the gold this year.

Over the last few days, Biles had received overwhelming support from fans and fellow athletes. …


In the year 1778, a group of Virginia militiamen camped on Corn Island on the Ohio River. Their mission was to raid into the Illinois Territory against the enemy British troops. Little did these men know that this would later be part of the founding of the city of Louisville. Their leader was the man credited with the founding of the city of Louisville, George Rogers Clark.

Clark was born in 1752 at Albemarle County, Virginia. His younger brother, William, would gain fame in his own right as co-leader of the famed Lewis and Clark expedition. …


Chris Jericho stares down a fan struggling with security. Courtesy of Thesource.com

Last night, AEW Dynamite had their first Road Rager event kick off their first tour since Covid-19 shut events down last year. The Florida-based company aired their weekly Dynamite show in front of a packed crowd in Miami, Florida. The crowd was happy to be there, and you could tell the wrestlers were glad to be performing in front of a live crowd once again.

About halfway through the show, there was a promo segment between Chris Jericho and MJF. The two performers are in the middle of a heated and entertaining feud. …


A picture of Canadian Indigenous Children being seized by the RCMP
to be placed in Indian Residential Schools — Painting by Kent Monkman

What were Residential Schools?

In recent months, Canadian Residential Schools have made headlines. On the site of these schools were found mass graves, a grim reminder of a dark period in the history of Canada.

So what were residential schools?

Residential Indian Schools were schools set up in both the United States and Canada during the late 1800s. They were ran by Catholic Jesuit missionaries and other religious groups to educate Indigenous People in Christianity and become “civilized”. …


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On June 17th, 2021, Vice TV aired a 2-hour documentary on former WWE superstar Chyna, Vice Versa: Chyna. The documentary picks up and adds to an abandoned documentary created at the time of her death in 2016. The film promised to be different than most wrestling documentaries as it was created independent of the WWE’s spin doctors, which tries to make the company look as good as possible and would be her story in her own words.

Chyna had been one of the stars of the WWE during the Attitude Era. Her unique look and ability to believably hold her…


Vlad Tepes/wikipedia.org

The Middle Ages ( roughly the 5th-15th centuries) in Europe has always been characterized as a violent and dangerous time to have lived. While that is not entirely accurate, the period was not without its fair share of villainous people. What follows are ten of the worst villains of the period. They include kings, nobles, and churchmen who committed acts of evil and cruelty. Some actions were done in the name of maintaining and gaining power. Others felt a more pious purpose. Still, in some cases, it was for the sheer act of cruelty.

Here are ten men who are…


A replica of the ark in Ethiopia/travelblog.org

The Ark of the Covenant has fascinated historians for thousands of years. According to the Hebrew Bible, the ark was a wooden, gold encased box that contained the stone tablets with the Ten Commandments inscribed on them. The New Testament Book of Hebrews also included Aaron’s (the brother of Moses) rod and a pot of manna (the bread from heaven that kept the Hebrews alive in the Exodus).

This artifact was housed in the center of the Temple of Jerusalem and was one of the holiest artifacts for the ancient Hebrews. …


The Greenwood district on fire June 1, 1921/Getty
The Greenwood district on fire June 1, 1921/Getty

Over three hundred African-Americans were murdered by a white mob one hundred years ago during Memorial Day weekend. Between May 31 and June 1, 1921, a white mob burned the Tulsa, Oklahoma, Greenwood community to the ground. The event would be covered up and forgotten until recent years.

While the state of Oklahoma began an investigation into the incident in 1996 (they completed the study in 2001) and concluded that the city of Tulsa had conspired with the mob and worked to cover up the incident, a park was dedicated to the victims in 2010.

While more significant knowledge of…


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I teach ancient world history to 6th graders. Every year we start with explaining the B.C./A.D. (or BCE/CE, which is catching on more) time split. Many kids know that BC stands for “Before Christ,” but it is the AD part that always gets them.

The most common answer is “After Death,” as in after Christ’s death. While that would be the obvious answer, that is not what it means. I then give the kids a brief Latin lesson. AD stands for Anno Domini, or “Year of Our Lord”.

We then usually move on to how the religious connotations of BC…


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Many Wrestling Fans Missing Out on Wrestlemania Due to Peacock Merger

Wrestlemania 37 kicked off last night. The two-night event (which appears to be WWE’s plan in the future, as they did the same last year) promises to showcase the best the WWE has to offer. It is also one of the first sporting events to have a live crowd since the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Tampa Bay crowd was ready, despite the rain and weather alerts that caused some delays for the events. Many fans watched at home on several streaming platforms.

However, a large portion of U.S. fans missed…

Nick Howard

I am an educator and a writer. My topics of interest include sports, movies, comics, history, professional wrestling, food, music, and hobbies.

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