The History of the PSAT (And Why We Do It)

Ever since College Board created the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT) in 1959, the PSATs have been a big part of a middle and high schooler’s life. The PSAT is a timed test that includes a reading, writing, and math portion of the test, and is used to show us how ready we are to take the SATs. Before making it to the SAT, there … Continue reading The History of the PSAT (And Why We Do It)

Unsolved Mysteries of the FBI

The FBI or the Federal Bureau of Investigation is an intelligence and threat based national security organization. It’s mission is to protect the American people and uphold the constitution. This means that they are responsible for responding to threats both within our country and without, cybercrimes, and counterintelligence. It was launched on July 28, 1908 by Attorney General Charles J. Bonaparte.  It is headed by … Continue reading Unsolved Mysteries of the FBI

The History of Halloween

Most of us know what Halloween is, but most of us don’t know the history behind it. This holiday is more than just dressing up in a costume or going door-to-door asking for candy.  “Halloween” literally means “hallowed evening”, and the holiday was actually previously referred to as “All Hallow’s Eve” to honor “hallows”, which are more commonly known as saints.  This celebration is also … Continue reading The History of Halloween

Jack O’ Lanterns: Who Knows Their Stuff?

With Halloween weekend upon us, it’s thegourd’s time to shine. Literally!  Pumpkin carving is a halloween tradition that dates back to the old Irish myth of Stingy Jack. The legend says that Jack tricked the devil, not once but twice, trapping him as a coin and up a tree. In return for his freedom, the devil promised not to claim Jack’s soul upon his death. … Continue reading Jack O’ Lanterns: Who Knows Their Stuff?