The answer might surprise you

Who is the richest athlete of all time? When asked this question, many think of prominent athletes of our generation such as Lionel Messi, Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods, and Floyd Mayweather. But what about Gaius Appuleius Diocleus? …

Origins of some of the most notorious words with silent letters

When new English learners begin their journey of acquiring the most popular language in the world, one of the biggest challenges is pronouncing words that contain silent letters. For example, as a new English learner ten-or-so years ago, I remember being wildly confused as to why the letter ‘b’ in…

A lesser-known history of the Korean diaspora in Russia and Central Asia

When people think of the Korean diaspora, they usually think of numerous Korean communities scattered across North America, China, and Japan. While those communities are large in size and have significant name recognition, lesser-known Korean communities exist in Central Asia and Russia. The immigration process began in the late Joseon…

Can you recognize the watermelons in the painting?

Watermelons are one of the most beloved fruits in the world. Easy to grow, large in size, sweet, juicy, and mostly seedless, watermelon is a summer favorite for many. But did you know watermelons looked and tasted completely different than it does today?

Origins of Watermelon

The ancestor of the modern watermelon is…

Empress Dowager Cixi

During the 19th century, the Qing Dynasty of China was a declining nation. Corruption was rampant and it was being constantly preyed on by Western Imperialist nations. Despite its problems, many efforts were being made by Chinese officials and citizens to revitalize the empire. However, with the rise of a…

The flaws in Ancient Athens greatest invention

In 399 B.C., Socrates, one of the most renowned founders of Greek Philosophy, was executed for the crimes of corrupting the youths of Athens. This ruling was made by a court of 500 citizens who overwhelmingly voted 340–160 to execute Socrates. He was executed by drinking out of a glass…

An Olympics story

Did you know that a Greek bronze helmet estimated to have been made in the 6th century BC is a government-recognized national treasure in South Korea? The helmet was a part of the artifacts discovered by Ernst Curtius, a German archaeologist, and his team in the Temple of the Olympian…

The Derinkuyu underground city in Turkey

In 1962, a farmer in the region of Derinkuyu in Turkey found a strange room while renovating his basement. When the contractors tore down a wall in his basement, a room and multiple paths leading out of the room were found. What the farmer found was an underground facility that…

Daniel Choi

Korean-Canadian. History, Culture, Economics, and More.

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