Brunost is usually sliced very thinly using a metal cheese slicer. CC BY-SA 3.0,

Of all the varieties of meats, cheeses, and other delicacies found in Norway, “brunost” (brown cheese) is in a class all by itself. Brunost is a staple in nearly all of Norway’s homes. It represents almost one-fourth of all cheese consumed in Norway. Each year, Norwegians consume over 10,000 tons of brunost with more than 400 tons of cheese exported to countries around the world. Many visitors get their first taste at the breakfast table found in most hotels and restaurants in Norway.

The cheese is circular in shape with a cutting tool called an “ostehovel” placed next to the…

Squadron Insignia of the Lafayette Escadrille, Used by the 103d Aero Squadron (Pursuit) and the 94th Pursuit Squadron of the US Army Air Corps Source: New England Air Museum Source: NASM

On March 21, 1916, a group of individuals from the French Air Force made up of mostly American pilots created the Escadrille Américaine, later renaming it the LaFayette Escadrille. These individuals completed several prominent missions encouraging more Americans to enlist in their ranks.

A knocked-out Sherman tank with Monastery Ridge and Castle Hill in the background-Public Domain Photo

On a cold winter day of January 17, 1944, the Allies launched one of the longest and bloodiest battles fought against the Italian offensive which became known as the Battle of Monte Cassino.

American Line ocean liner SS St. Paul photographed under steam in or near New York Harbor 1895 — Photo by Library of Congress

On April 10, 1895, the SS Saint Paul named for the capital of Minnesota was launched in Philadelphia by William Cramp & Sons. It became the first commercial vessel to be commissioned for the Spanish-American War and later went on to serve during World War I.

The ship was named after Saint Paul, the capital of Minnesota. It was originally intended to be used to deliver American-made products to foreign countries and transport imported products back to America. …

Vázquez de Coronado as depicted at the Deaf Smith County Historical Museum in Hereford, Texas — By Billy Hathorn — Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

The date was February 23, 1540, when Francisco Vazquez de Coronado would set out on an important mission that would take him through the American Southwest in search of the “Seven Cities of Gold.” Even though he wasn’t able to locate these legendary cities, he was the first European explorer to lead an expedition into the region.

Francisco Vazquez de Coronado was born in Salamanca, Spain, (c. 1510–1554), during the time when Spain began discovering and exploring the New World. Setting out in 1535, accompanied by Viceroy Antonio de Mendoza Coronado, he traveled to New Spain (what is now Mexico)…

Portrait of Harry Houdini — Public Domain Photo

Born as Erik Weisz on March 24, 1874, in Budapest, Hungary, Harry Houdini would go on to become one of the world’s most famous illusionists, best known for his daring escape acts.

The Weisz family arrived in the United States on July 3, 1878, on the SS Fresia and shortly thereafter moved to Appleton, Wisconsin. His father was a Rabbi at the Zion Reform Jewish Congregation, and after losing his job, the family moved to Milwaukee and eventually to New York City.

Photo by— Library of Congress’s Prints and Photographs division

William Frederick “Buffalo Bill” Cody, a soldier, hunter, and showman, was born on February 26, 1846, in LeClaire, Iowa. He became one of the most famous persons of the Old West through his Wild West shows.

After the death of his father, young Bill Cody at age 11 acquired his first job as a driver on west-bound wagon trains and later becoming a rider for the Pony Express at age 15. During his early teen years, Buffalo Bill would go on to become a successful horse wrangler, hunter, and Indian fighter.

New Zealand is an island yielding natural beauty with vast patches of sloping meadows rich in green earth, steaming geysers, soaring mountains, deep fiords, and a coastline of beaches that stretch as far as the eye can see.

Image by Russell Hume from Pixabay

Often seen in the shadow of its neighboring big brother, Australia, New Zealand offers an experience not found anywhere else on earth. New Zealand is a former British colony, having gained full statutory independence in 1947. …

Image by Gábor Bejó from Pixabay

In 1873, two towns — Buda and Pest situated on the opposite sides of the Danube River merged together to form a new city. That new city would be called Budapest, Queen of the Danube.

Established about 900 AD by a powerful faction from Central Asia, the Magyar stronghold of Budapest became the mecca of the Hungarian Empire. It was strong enough to hold off the reckless blundering by the Nazis, Ottomans, and Habsburgs. Today, the Hungarian capital is a city of cultural contrast which sets it apart from its Slavic and Germanic neighbors.

Old Budapest

Image by 250432 from Pixabay

Have you ever wanted something so bad that it feels like a craving or an obsession? If your answer is yes, you’re not alone. We have no satisfaction until we have gotten whatever we seek in life. And once we have what we crave for, what happens next? Are we really satisfied or do we once again discover that our hunger for more has moved on to bigger and better things?

There’s an old phrase that says “be careful what you wish for”, a phrase that is centered on fear. …

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