Pop Culture Carry: Tris Prior, Divergent

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I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t so completely excited about the abundance of female-led dystopian stories these days. The Divergent trilogy is the kind of story I dreamed about as a young girl, but it’s still a great story to enjoy as an adult. And with the first installment of the Divergent series…

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History of the Swiss Army Knife

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The Swiss Army Knife is one of the most iconic pieces of cutlery to date. Its signature red scales are identifiable across the world, and it has become a staple in many individual’s every day carry. Yet it’s more than just a multitool—it is a symbol of craftsmanship and quality just as much as it’s…

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History of the Douk-Douk

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I first became aware of the Douk-Douk, a French knife steeped in history, around a decade ago. A box full of used knives at a military surplus store caught my attention. I thought the Douk-Douk was rather interesting, but didn’t buy it. In recent years this knife has been making a comeback. A number of…

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Pop Culture Carry: Lagertha Lothbrok, Vikings

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As a lifelong lover of mythology (does the name of this website indicate that just a bit?), I’m thrilled that history’s best legends have been embraced on television. One such show is History Channel’s gorgeous, enthralling epic Vikings, which follows the life of famed Viking warrior Ragnar Lothbrok and his family. And while I certainly…

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