Monthly Archives: September 2008

The History of Presidential Debates


In the United States, the presidential debate is a time-honored institution. Check out this HowStuffWorks podcast to as our staff writers trace the fact and fiction surrounding presidential debates. Advertisements

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Did Marie Antoinette really tell French peasants to eat cake?


Marie Antoinette was only ten when Rousseau published the famous ‘let them eat cake’ quote. Check out our HowStuffWorks podcast to learn more about what this statement actually meant — whether or not Marie actually said it.

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How the Symbols of U.S. Political Parties Work


A donkey and an elephant are the symbols of the U.S. Democratic and Republican parties, but how were these symbols chosen? Check out our HowStuffWorks article to learn more about the fact and fiction surrounding America’s political symbols.

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Why is there an underground city beneath Beijing?


The Beijing underground city may sound like the stuff of legends, but it’s a real place built to escape Soviets. Check out our HowStuffWorks article to learn more about the fact and fiction surrounding the city underneath Beijing.

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How Thomas Jefferson Worked


Thomas Jefferson’s life was peppered with accomplishments — but what about the disparity between his public image and private life? Check out our HowStuffWorks article to learn more about the fact and fiction surrounding Thomas Jefferson.

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Who was America’s first murderer?


John Billington was one of the signers of the Mayflower Compact — he was also the first American murder. Check out our HowStuffWorks article to learn about the fact and fiction surrounding America’s first murderer.

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Could Noah’s ark really have happened?


Versions of the Great Flood float around in nearly every human culture, and Christianity, Islam and Judaism share the overarching plot points of a man, a flood, and animals marching two by two. Check out our HowStuffWorks article to learn … Continue reading

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