A Small Announcement

This blog has been going for almost 10 years now. It has expanded from a tumblr blog to include this website, a ko-fi, and a patreon. And it has always remained a one-person show. Historical-nonfiction is, frankly, a lot of time and effort. You ongoing support has allowed me to continue for this long. But the time has come for me to take a step back from historical-nonfiction.
What does this mean for you? You can still look forward to learning something interesting, something historical, something to expand your knowledge of world. But posts will come when inspiration strikes, not on a fixed schedule as it has been. In short: what this means for the future is historical-nonfiction will have fewer new posts.
I want to finish this small announcement by saying thank you all. For everything.

2,700-year-old Tiny Cosmetic Jar

The bronze jar is only about 5cm across. And inside is a tiny amount of face cream -- or what was once face cream. It was excavated in 2017 at the Liujiawa site in China, which was the capital of Rui, a minor state during the early Spring and Autumn period (circa 700 BCE).

 

The Meteor Crater (yes, that is it's actual name) is one of the best preserved meteor craters in the world. This is due to its young age for a crater, at approximately 50,000 years old, and the dry climate around it in Arizona.
That is not to say the Meteor Crater is perfectly preserved. Scientists estimate that 50–65 ft (15–20 m) of height has been lost at the rim crest as a result of natural erosion, and 100 ft (30 m) of sediment has been added to the basin.

Mad, Bad, and Potentially Dangerous to Ancient Monuments

Inscribed on the Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion, southeast of Athens, is the name BYRON. It is possible that the English poet Lord Byron carved it during his first visit to Greece at age 22, before he became famous. He later wrote:

Place me on Sunium’s marbled steep, Where nothing, save the waves and I, May hear our mutual murmurs sweep …

But despite all that, there remains no definitive answer as to whether Byron carved it himself, or a fan of his poetry thought to add his name there.

An Aztec creation myth states that there were four failed attempts to create humans who would survive. It was only on the fifth attempt, when humans began to eat corn, that they were able to propogate themselves and continue as a species.

Before And After The Bosnian War

The ethnic and religious composition of Bosnia and Herzegovina before and after the conflict (which began in 1991).

The world's tallest... structure ... was the Washington Monument in Washington, DC for five years. It was completed in 1884, and was surpassed by the Eiffel Tower in 1889.

Wyoming's Periodic Spring is well-named. It flows for roughly 15 minutes, then goes dry for 15 minutes, then repeats again. It is the world's largest intermittent spring, or rhythmic spring, or breathing spring. This is likely caused by an oddly-shaped cavern fed by spring water in the rock behind the spring. There's only about 100 known intermittent springs in the world. Another famous one is in Jerusalem! Although it no longer runs intermittently naturally, and a pump is used to imitate it.

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    HISTORICAL NON-FICTION

    By Lillian Audette

    This blog is a collection of the interesting, the weird, and sometimes the need-to-know about history, culled from around the internet. It has pictures, it has quotes, it occasionally has my own opinions on things. If you want to know more about anything posted, follow the link at the "source" on the bottom of each post. And if you really like my work, buy me a coffee or become a patron!

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