How a Water Carrier Ended Up Being the First Modern-Day Olympic Marathon Champion

spyros_louis-2Spyros Louis was born on January 12, 1873, in Marousi, Attica (a northeastern suburb in Athens), to a very poor peasant family. His father was a water carrier and young Spyros helped him carry water from a very young age. He would cover great distances on a daily basis carrying jugs of water on his shoulders. During his military service he was distinguished for his incredible stamina and athleticism, which surprised his superiors….READ MORE

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11 of the Most Ancient and Continually Occupied Cities in the World

3427912277_d093879274_bTime travel is one of the most intriguing scenarios humans have ever fantasized about, but unfortunately for those curious minds and wild dreamers out there, many modern physicists claim that outside of science fiction, time travel is impossible. However, we have some good news for fans of antiquity who wish they could have visited all the great places of the past. The cities that follow, eleven of the oldest continually inhabited places on Earth….READ MORE

Eagle Mistakes Bald Head for a Rock: The Bizarre Circumstances Surrounding the Death of Aeschylus

482.jpgAeschylus, widely regarded as the “Father of Tragedy,” was one of the first of classical Athens’ great dramatists. He raised the emerging art of tragedy to new heights of poetry and theatrical power. The legendary playwright wrote more than 90 plays and won with half of them at Athenian festivals of Greek drama. For all his skills in theater, however, he’s trending within the circles of modern pop culture thanks to his very bizarre death. His murderers were two animals…READ MORE

Top 25 Travel Experiences By Locals

718051Eiffel Tower, Statue of Liberty, Burj Khalifa – been there, done that? As it happens, travellers looking for a more authentic way to delve into local cultures can turn to the peer-to-peer online marketplace. Sites like With Locals, Vayable and even Airbnb are pairing curious travellers with in-the-know locals keen to offer unique experiences and share deeper insights into the people, places and traditions around them. We root out some of the best on offer across the globe….READ MORE

10 Ancient Symbols You Think You Know the Meaning Of (But You Probably Don’t)

peace-sign-hand-wallpaper-3.jpgFrom pigments to printing presses, symbols have been part of human communication from the very first day of mankind’s existence. The imperfection of speech, which undoubtedly allowed the sharing of ideas and stimulated invention, eventually resulted in the creation of new forms of communication, improving both the range at which people could express themselves and the longevity of information….READ MORE

20 Most Powerful Graphic Novels Of All Time

1_p2ABkQ9qjmANy_TdTTADXwThere’s a very thin line between comics and graphic novels that many people fail to recognize: Unlike comic books, which can be seen as periodicals with successive story-lines, graphic novels are usually (though not always) autonomous stories with more complex plots, and they tend to be less tightly tied to the superhero genre. Here, we highlight 20 influential graphic novels that don’t involve any of your favorite superheroes – but instead heroic everyday people like you and me….READ MORE