"The viciously inclined considered that the parliamentary order to destroy all 'monuments of idolatry' gave them liberty and license for every kind of sacrilege; so that it became a common pastime to break the painted windows and deface any statuary which adorned and beautified [England's] churches. The old market crosses which had been a notable feature of English tows, reminding the passers by of the great act of Redemption, were all ruthlessly destroyed."

Destruction of Cheapside Cross

"The viciously inclined considered that the parliamentary order to destroy all 'monuments of idolatry'…

On August 31, 1886, Charleston was nearly destroyed by an earthquake measuring 7.5 on the Richter scale that was felt as far away as Boston and Bermuda.

Results of the Earthquake in Charleston S.C., Aug. 31, 1886

On August 31, 1886, Charleston was nearly destroyed by an earthquake measuring 7.5 on the Richter scale…

"Gall, or Oak-apple, produced by Cynips quercus-inanis, showing the internal cobwebby structure. Gall: a vegetable excrescence produced by the deposit of the egg of an insect in the bark or leaves of a plant, ordinarily to to the action of some virus deposited by the female along with the egg, but often to the irritation of the larva." -Whitney, 1911

Oak Apple Gall

"Gall, or Oak-apple, produced by Cynips quercus-inanis, showing the internal cobwebby structure. Gall:…