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Postby ajsuff » Thu Jan 26, 2017 12:05 pm

........................ from the Smithsonian ..............................

The Weird, Brief History of the Eskimo Pie Corporation

It was America’s first chocolate-covered ice cream bar, patented on this day in 1922


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Postby ajsuff » Thu Jan 26, 2017 12:08 pm

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In 1935, the first canned beer was sold. Called "Krueger Cream Ale," the lightweight, cheap drink became a fast hit. It may have taken until the 20th century for beer to be sold in cans, but the drink itself has been around for centuries--check out how one brewery recreated a 2,000-year-old brew.


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Postby ajsuff » Fri Jan 27, 2017 11:35 am

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In 1784, Benjamin Franklin wrote a letter to his daughter expressing his displeasure that the Bald Eagle had been selected as the national bird. In recent years, the letter has been pointed to as evidence that Franklin petitioned that the turkey to be put on the Seal of the United States. But that isn't true.


Find out how a New Yorker cover and "The West Wing" poured gravy on the myth.
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-cult ... MTMyNzcxS0
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Postby ajsuff » Sun Jan 29, 2017 1:44 pm

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In 1302, poet and politician Dante Alighieri was exiled from Florence, Italy. He wrote his most-famous work, The Divine Comedy, as he and his family sought shelter. Today, the masterpiece that explores the levels of hell is one of the most iconic pieces of literature ever.


Find out how it was reimagined as one of the first-ever feature films.
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Postby ajsuff » Wed Feb 01, 2017 10:35 pm

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In 1863, one of the first black Civil War regiments, the South Carolina Volunteers, was formed. It was made up entirely of escaped slaves. Read about the black men and women who fought for the Union.


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Postby ajsuff » Tue Feb 07, 2017 5:27 pm

........................ from National Audubon Society ..................

Raven or Crow — How Can You Know?

They’re big, they’re black, and they’re found in lots of the same places. So how can you tell a common raven from an American crow? Spot the essential differences with these helpful tips.


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Postby ajsuff » Fri Feb 17, 2017 10:43 am

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In 1883, the Meredith Corporation first began publishing the Ladies' Home Journal. The women's interest magazine was immensely popular, and in 1903 became the first American magazine to reach 1 million subscribers. Read about how an ad in the publication helped sell deodorant to women who didn't even know they needed it.

A schoolgirl and a former traveling Bible salesman helped turn deodorants and antiperspirants from niche toiletries into an $18 billion industry


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Postby ajsuff » Tue Mar 07, 2017 9:11 pm

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In 1857, the Supreme Court ruled that Dred Scott, a slave who had lived in a free state, could not sue for his freedom in court. The reason the court gave was that no black person, free or slave, could claim U.S. citizenship. Dred Scott v. Sanford would go down as a critical moment in the lead-up to the Civil War. Read how President James Buchanan interfered with the court to influence the outcome of the decision.


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Postby ajsuff » Sun Mar 12, 2017 12:17 pm

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In 1849, Abraham Lincoln became the only president to apply for a patent, which was later granted. Lincoln's invention turned out to be an amazing addition to transportation technology. Read all about the inventor-in-chief's patent No. 6,469.


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Postby ajsuff » Fri Mar 31, 2017 11:05 am

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Happy 159th Birthday to the Modern Pencil - The patent for this supremely convenient invention didn’t last long

On March 30, 1868, Philadelphia stationery store owner H.L. Lipman patented something that seems incredibly obvious in hindsight: a regular pencil, with an eraser on the end



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Postby ajsuff » Fri Mar 31, 2017 11:50 am

................... from New England Today .........................

The Whydah Gally - Brief History of a Cape Cod Pirate Ship

Discovered off the coast of Wellfleet, MA, the Whydah Gally is the world’s only authenticated pirate ship.


Learn more about its fascinating history.
https://newengland.com/today/living/new ... 03-30-2017
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Postby ajsuff » Wed Apr 19, 2017 3:29 pm

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In 1775, Paul Revere and William Dawes famously began their horseback journeys across the Massachusetts countryside to warn minutemen that British troops were going to raid the towns of Concord and Lexington. Their midnight rides roused the patriots to prepare for the redcoats' plans. Read about Revere's earlier, midday gallop that history has sadly forgotten.


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Postby ajsuff » Fri Apr 21, 2017 11:08 am

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In 1841, Edgar Allen Poe was credited with published the first detective story when The Murders in Rue Morge appeared in print. The story was ripped from the headlines after a teenage beauty turned up dead in the Hudson River. Poe didn't just write the story—read how he tried (and failed) to crack the case of the dead teenager.


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Postby ajsuff » Mon Apr 24, 2017 7:48 pm

............................. from New England Today ..........................

Maine Coon Cat - Trivia & Fun Facts

While the Maine coon cat isn't actually a cross between a raccoon and a domestic cat, it's still a fascinating animal.


Think you know everything there is to know about the Maine coon cat? Learn more about this popular breed of furry feline
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Postby ajsuff » Wed May 03, 2017 9:01 am

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On this day in 1536, Anne Boleyn was arrested and taken to the Tower of London. She was the second of Henry VIII's six wives and the reason he divorced Catherine of Aragon (and the Catholic church). Read how their union played into the history of divorce.


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Postby ajsuff » Tue Jun 06, 2017 8:23 pm

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On this day in 1944, more than 160,000 Allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy, France. Operation Overlord (D-Day) was the largest amphibious landing in history, and the hard-fought victory became a turning point for World War II. See vintage photographs that capture the reactions of Americans when they learned of the Allied troops' success.


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Postby ajsuff » Fri Aug 04, 2017 9:17 am

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Why JFK Kept a Coconut Shell in the Oval Office

During this week in 1943, a 26-year-old Kennedy and his crew were marooned on a deserted island and then rescued thanks to two daring men


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Postby ajsuff » Mon Aug 07, 2017 10:05 am

.......................... from Good Housekeeping ...........................

What's the Difference Between Dinner and Supper? - Why No One Eats "Supper" Anymore

The two terms are actually NOT interchangeable.


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http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/life/a4 ... er-supper/

(There is much truth in this. Old time farmers ate their main meal at noon, so as to go back out and work hard till dusk. When done they would have a soup base meal to carry over.)
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Postby ajsuff » Sat Aug 19, 2017 9:40 am

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On this day in 1958, Vladimir Nabokov published Lolita. Nabokov's seminal novel remains a lightning rod for controversy over its depiction of a middle-aged man's affair with a 12-year-old. Did you know that in addition to his literary achievements, Nabokov was also an avid lepidopterist?

Vladimir Nabokov might be best known as a novelist, specifically as the author of Lolita, but what many might not know is that one of his deepest passions was studying butterflies. Now, a new book from Yale University Press honors his dedication to the delicate creatures. The book, Fine Lines, is a collection of more than 150 of his scientific illustrations of butterflies, rivaling John James Audubon in their detail


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Postby ajsuff » Thu Aug 24, 2017 11:03 am

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The True Story of the Short-Lived State of Franklin - Several counties in what is today Tennessee tried to form their own independent state

As the story of the lost State of Franklin shows, the American Revolution left some western communities in complicated circumstances. After the war was won, communities west of the Appalachian Mountains and east of the Mississippi didn't default to becoming part of the United States. "It was never assumed," writes Jason Farr in The Tennessee Historical Quarterly. Instead, those communities “had the option of creating jurisdictions within existing states, forming new states within the union, or creating their own sovereign republics.” The residents of Franklin chose the middle option, feeling, as George Washington himself feared, that they had become “a distinct people” from those in the Atlantic states who fought for independence. The story of Franklin highlights how uncertain the early Union was and the rocky relationship between the original 13 Atlantic states and the West.


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http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-new ... czNjgwMgS2
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Postby ajsuff » Thu Aug 24, 2017 11:26 am

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On this day in 1861, Confederate spy Rose O’Neal Greenhow was arrested by detective Allan Pinkerton, who led the counterintelligence effort for the Union.

Hundreds of women served as spies during the Civil War. Here’s a look at six who risked their lives in daring and unexpected ways


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Postby ajsuff » Thu Sep 28, 2017 11:05 am

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On this day in 1905, Albert Einstein introduces the equation E=mc² in a paper published in the physics journal Annalen der Physik. The groundbreaking equation paved the way for nuclear energy and astoundingly, it was just one of the many discoveries Einstein made that year that forever changed the universe as we know it. Read about the "year of Einstein."


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Postby ajsuff » Wed Mar 28, 2018 10:03 am

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On this day in 1907, Rachel Carson was born in Springdale, Pennsylvania. The biologist, conservationist and writer helped inspire the modern environmental movement with her landmark achievement, Silent Spring.

Read how immediately after the book was published in 1962, denialists did their best to discredit the book and Carson herself.


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Postby ajsuff » Fri Mar 30, 2018 9:27 am

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On this day in 1929, Herbert Hoover became the first POTUS to have a phone installed in the Oval Office. The move was "highly symbolic" according to one historian because previous White House administrations considered the idea of a telephone in the storied space undignified.

Read a brief history of the presidents and their telephones.

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Postby ajsuff » Fri Apr 06, 2018 8:37 am

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On this day in 1895, Oscar Wilde chose not to flee England after a warrant for his arrest for "homosexual practices" was temporarily suspended. As he told his great love Lord Alfred Douglas, "I did not want to be called a coward or a deserter."

See how a British jail made a modern tribute to the isolation and pain of Wilde’s imprisonment.

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