Anyone who’s walked through a Major League Baseball (MLB) stadium tunnel remembers the feeling the first time they did it. 

At the end of that dark cement enclosure was a rectangle of light. On the other side, you met with the most exquisite vision: A diamond and field the likes of which you had never seen.

A portrait of George Washington Carver wearing a suit.

In order to fully appreciate the contributions of George Washington Carver, you have to understand something about agriculture. While I’m no farmer, my father-in-law is, and one thing he constantly warns about is the danger of soil depletion.

He does so with good reason, for this can make or break a crop.

A koreisha march is a rounded square with four quadrants; one orange, one yellow, one dark green, and one one light green,

One of the strongest and most enduring tenets of Japanese culture has been a deep respect for elders. Each September, the nation celebrates “Respect for the Aged Day,” and when Japanese citizens reach the 100-year milestone, the government honors them with a special sterling silver sake cup.

George Washington gives his final orders at Yorktown (1781), the siege that largely settled the Revolutionary conflict. Had conspirators succeeded in killing Washington four years earlier, history might have been very different.

We take it for granted today. From 1775 to 1783, the American colonists fought a war for independence against the mighty British empire and won; everyone knows that.

Yet, we often forget that, at the time, this was by no means an easy win. On the contrary, it was a massive gamble.

Think about it.

A woman, Sandra Day O'Connor, sits in a chair wearing a black robe and white color, on the U.S. Supreme Court in 2006.

Late last year, in a letter addressed to “friends and fellow Americans,” former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor announced her retirement from public life. She explained her decision this way: “Some time ago, doctors diagnosed me with the beginning stages of dementia, probably Alzheimer’s disease. As this condition has progressed, I am no longer able to participate in public life.”

Dogs' superior smelling powers allow them to sniff out humans who may be trapped under rubble that people can't access.

In the spring of 1995, 61-year-old Wilma Melville, a retired physical education teacher and grandmother of six, found herself treading over blasted concrete, shattered glass, and charred paper confetti. She and her specially trained and FEMA-certified black Labrador Murphy were navigating through the debris field surrounding the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City.

People paid 25 cents to see Dr. Martin Couney’s incubator babies.

In the early 1900s, amusement seekers flocked to Coney Island, N.Y., to ride the carousel and stuff themselves with hot dogs and cotton candy. They might meander through the sideshow area to see oddities like the lion-faced man, Zip the Pinhead, and the tattooed woman. 

Although not nearly as well-known as some composers, Florence Price was both brilliant and prolific, having composed over 300 works for piano, organ, strings, orchestra, and musical instruction.

Few people have heard of her. But Florence Beatrice Price came into the world an underdog and left it behind having proven her brilliance as a leading composer.

Fat cats and dogs are another example of the obesity epidemic.

There’s no doubt about it, we love our pets. In many homes, cats and dogs are an integral part of the family, receiving the same care and attention traditionally reserved for children. Whether it’s for pet daycare or luxury spa and grooming services, people spare no expense when it comes to their beloved animals.