Historical Map Videos

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I really like maps and I find history very interesting, so a particular genre of YouTube video which I especially enjoy is historical map videos.

These videos show historical events such as wars, expansions of empires, or the spreading of culture and religion on a map over a certain time period.

These videos are very helpful in illustrating historical events in a way that is accessible and easy to understand.

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Jupiter’s Great Red Spot

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No image of Jupiter is complete without showing a big red smudge on it. This smudge is Jupiter’s Great Red Spot, a tremendous storm which has been raging for centuries on end.

The storm has been in the news in the last few days as a spacecraft has just made the closest pass over it of any spacecraft that has visited Jupiter.

This feature of Jupiter is perhaps one of the most spectacular phenomena in the solar system.

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What’s the deal with demonyms?

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A demonym is the word used to describe people coming from a certain place. For example, to describe someone from Europe, the demonym “European” is used. For America, it is “American”. Australia is “Australian” and so on.

From these first three extremely common examples, it would seem that a demonym is simply tacking on the letters “an” or “ian” to the end of a word. But this is not the case.

Some countries have “an”,or “ian”. But there’s also “ite”, “er”, “ish” and “ese”, plus many more.

I always wondered what the rule is, as the usage seems to be all over the place.

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The Loneliest Man in the Universe

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When you think of Apollo 11, the first moon landing, for many two people come to mind: Neil Armstrong, the first man to land on the moon, and Buzz Aldrin, the second man to land on the moon.

There were actually three crewmembers aboard Apollo 11. Michael Collins also went to the moon; however he did not have the opportunity to walk on the surface like Armstrong and Aldrin.

As such, he is not as well-known as the other two.

He also holds the distinction for, at one point, being the loneliest man in the universe.

So why is this?

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How did historical cultures view celestial events?

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I wrote last week on what it would be like to view a supernova, as well as describing accounts of supernovae that have occurred through history.

What must historical cultures have thought of events like supernovae, comets, or eclipses, before the scientific understanding of what these things actually were came to light?

I believe a lot of religious and mythological stories had their origins with these types of events.

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