| May 30, 2013
Blackbeard may get all the attention. Black Bart was even more feared. But for my money, the most important pirate to cast a shadow across Hampton Roads was an almost completely unknown Englishman named William Dampier.
Exactly what he was doing in...
| Jun 5, 2013
| 2:15 PM
The digital era has been good for old books, an expert in rare books said earlier this week.
Matthew Haley, head of rare books and manuscripts at the Bonhams auction house in London, said that news of rare books moves faster and wider than ever before...
| Jul 2, 2013
| 7:08 AM
A massive earthquake rattles a town, triggering fiery eruptions in nearby volcanoes.
It sounds like the plot of a disaster movie, but it has actually happened: Journeying in Chile when an 8.5 magnitude temblor struck in 1835, Charles Darwin reported...
| Jul 24, 2013
| 12:28 PM
LONDON -- The Bank of England swallowed its pride and overcame its perceived prejudice Wednesday by designating Jane Austen as the new face of the 10-pound note, bowing to public outrage over the possibility that only male historical figures would be...
| Jul 25, 2013
| 2:25 PM
Responding to complaints that famous women were underrepresented on British currency, the Bank of England this week announced that novelist Jane Austen will replace naturalist Charles Darwin on the 10-pound note beginning in 2017. Inevitably, the move has...
| Jul 29, 2013
| 6:45 PM
Summer might be more than half over, but there's still plenty of time to dig into some good "beach reads," whether you're sitting on the sands at Buckroe or lounging on your back porch. Here are a few that made their way to my desk in the past few months....
| Nov 13, 2012
By Megan Crepeau Did you hear the one about the super-conservative Georgia Congressman who ran unopposed and inspired more than 4000 voters to write in "Charles Darwin?" But wait! There's more! Wonkette picked over the full list of write-in votes......
| Nov 23, 2011
| 11:50 AM
Three quarters of the world's surface is water, but nearly all of our vacations are based on land. It stands to reason that we must be missing out.
Luckily there are some fantastic ways to see the wet face of the planet.
1. Explore the pristine coves of...
| Jul 25, 2012
| 12:17 PM
LONDON - The exterior of Westminster Abbey is imposing and grandiose.
Our plan was simple: Pay the admission, stick our heads inside to see what it looked like, and then quickly duck out and move on to a museum.
The museum never happened.
| Apr 3, 2011
So you hate royal weddings. Or you love them. Or maybe you've caught yourself attending to arcane details of Prince William and Kate Middleton's plans for April 29, but you can't say exactly why.
Here's one reason: They defy time.
Start with just the...
| Apr 6, 2011
Thomas Eisner, who became known as the "father of chemical ecology" as a result of his pioneering studies of how insects use chemicals to mate, elude predators and capture prey, died March 25 at his home in Ithaca, N.Y. He was 81 and had Parkinson's...