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12 Things You Might Not Know About the Constitutional Convention

On May 25th, 1787, what came to be known as the Constitutional Convention convened at the State House in Philly. Originally called merely to tweak […]

Mykalai Kontilai - Jackie Robinson contract
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Jackie Robinson’s First Contracts Will Be on Display in Philly

“For the performance of the Player’s services and promises hereunder the Club will pay the Player the sum of FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS ($5,000.00) for the […]

"Justice" engraved on Philadelphia's City Hall
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A History of Violence: Philadelphia Political Brawls

The first thing I do when I wake up, before I fully open my eyes, is indulge a ritual that goes back to my cable-less […]

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10 Things You Might Not Know About the 1876 Centennial Exhibition

Today marks the 140th anniversary of the opening of the 1876 Centennial Exposition, which brought nearly 10 million visitors — almost a fifth of the […]


Seven Theories You Might Not Know About Where the Word “Hoagie” Comes From

We were really hoping we’d be able to trace a Native American origin for the word “hoagie” in celebration of National Hoagie Day today, but we […]

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12 Things You Might Not Know About John James Audubon

John James Audubon, the world’s most celebrated avian artist, made his first American home — and met his long-suffering wife — in what’s now called […]

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Harriet Tubman to Be New Face On $20 Bill

After a long debate over who would replace Alexander Hamilton on the $10 bill, the United States Treasury has thrown the country a curveball: Hamilton […]


Philly Firm Picked to Renovate the Alamo

Remember the Alamo? The old Texas mission is historic, but the area surrounding it feels less so — overgrown with hotels and office buildings. Now a […]


Drink Like an 18th Century Philadelphian at the Philadelphia History Museum

Have you ever caught yourself sitting in an old tavern thinking about how the wonderful concept of taverns came to be? Well, tomorrow night from 5:30 p.m. […]

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11 Things You Might Not Know About Pencils

Happy 158th birthday to the pencil with attached eraser! It was on March 30, 1858, that Hymen L. Lipman received a patent for his remarkable […]

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11 Things You Might Not Know About the Founding Fathers’ Dogs

Today is National Puppy Day, which is proof, we guess, that every dog has its day, seeing as every dog in the world was once […]

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The 20 All-Time-Best Philly Names

We were thinking the other day about E. Digby Baltzell, the Penn sociology prof who coined the term “Wasp,” for “White Anglo-Saxon Protestant.” It would […]

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12 Things You Might Not Know About Stephen Girard

Today is the 225th anniversary of the First Bank of the United States, which was founded by Congress in 1791 to stabilize the government and […]

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11 Things You Might Not Know About Leap Year

Happy February 29th, also known as “leap day” — a lunar event created by humans to compensate for the fact that the earth doesn’t orbit […]

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12 Things You Might Not Know About Philly and LSD

When news broke last weekend that a trio of kids at Villanova University went on bad LSD trips — two got arrested for dealing — […]