The Surprising History Of High Heels

High heels are more than just shoes: they’ve long been symbols of power, for women and men.

High Heels History

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About 72 percent of women will wear high heels at some point in their lives. While these shoes have become something of a metonym for femininity itself, you might be surprised to learn that the heel didn’t begin as a trend for women at all.

In fact, men wore the shoes first, and for hundreds of years the only women who ever wore elevated heels were courtesans. So how did the shoes eventually end up in practically every woman’s closet?

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The Six Most Unforgettable Betrayals in History

From Cold War spies to Aztec conquerers, these famous betrayals are a reminder that human history isn’t marked solely by acts of good will.

Famous Betrayals

March 15th, better known as the Ides of March, marked the first half of the first month of the year in the Roman Calendar. In 44 BC, it also marked one of history’s most notorious betrayals and brutal political assassinations: that of Julius Caesar by his friend, Brutus. In the spirit of betrayal, we’re looking at a few more shocking betrayals from history in celebration of the Ides: starting, of course, with Brutus and Caesar…

Photo Of The Day: Louisiana’s P.B.S. Pinchback, America’s First African-American Governor — 150 Years Ago

P.b.s. Pinchback

P.B.S. Pinchback. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

It only lasted 15 days. But from December 29, 1872 to January 13, 1873, P.B.S. Pinchback made history.

Somehow, amid the especially brutal racism of the Reconstruction era, and in one of the South’s most staunchly Confederate states (Louisiana), America had its first African-American governor.

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You Only Think You Know The Story Behind History’s Most Infamous Act Of Mass Cannibalism

Donner Party Photo

James Reed, one of the two leaders of the Donner party, with his wife, Margret. Both were among the relatively few lucky survivors. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

On February 19, 1847, the first rescue party reached 45 pioneers stuck in the snowy Sierra Nevada mountains of northeast California. They’d been stranded there with virtually no food or supplies for four months, and lost 36 companions, many of whom they ate in order to stay alive.

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