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Writing was historically a rare skill known only to priests and scribes. History

Where Was Writing Invented?

Writing is thought to have been invented in Mesopotamia about 6,000 years ago. Other extremely early forms of writing have been...

Michael Anissimov
A city council has local, elected representatives. History

What is a City Council?

A city council is a type of government in which elected council members supervise a city's government. The way a city council is...

Mary McMahon

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In its attempt to manage the growth of cities, urban planning aims to coordinate the development of new buildings, influence and adhere to zoning regulations, improve transportation systems and enhance the look of an area. History

What is City Planning?

City planning is a profession in which planners guide the present and future growth of a city. The key of good city planning is...

O. Wallace
Packages and letters sent via a postal service are considered snail mail. History

What is Snail Mail?

Snail mail is traditionally delivered paper mail. Many people still prefer using snail mail to electronic mail, since...

Kathy Hawkins

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Most modern pirates, including those who operate off the Somali coast, use small motorboats to attack larger commercial vessels. History

Do Pirates Still Exist?

Pirates do still exist, and are estimated to cost billions of dollars to the global economy. Hotspots for modern pirates include...

Mary McMahon
Alamut Castle was seized by the Mongol Empire in 1256. History

What Is the Hashashin?

The Hashashin were a radical sect within the Nizari Ismaili branch of Shi'i Islam. Known for their assassination of high-profile...

Amanda Holland
Cuneiform, which is considered the first real form of writing, was developed in southern Mesopotamia about 5000 years ago. History

What is Cuneiform?

Cuneiform is an extremely ancient written language. Written with a wedge-shaped tool on tablets of clay, cuneiform is thought to...

Diane Goettel
Cave paintings came about during what is known as the New Stone Age. History

What Was the Stone Age?

The Stone Age was a period in human prehistory from the first toolmaking through the development of metallurgy. In the Stone Age...

Michael Anissimov

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