Sleeping Beauty Was a Rape Victim in the Original Story

Reading Time: 2 minutes Following on from the very different original ending to the Pied Piper we now look at Sleeping Beauty. As you can already guess, the original stories of many popular tales were extremely violent, cruel and sinister. The original story of Sleeping Beauty was no different. In fact, it had possibly one of the most evil …

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Does the Pied Piper Drown Children in the Original Story

Reading Time: 2 minutes Most of us are familiar with the fairy tale of the Pied Piper Of Hamelin. In the story the village is overrun with rats, so a visitor, who just happens to play a pipe removes the rats by playing a magical tune. When the town folk refuse to pay the piper for his service he …

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Police in India Are Given Moustache Pay

Reading Time: 2 minutes Believe it or not but police in the northern Madhya Pradesh state of India actually get paid an allowance for growing a moustache. Such an allowance may seem bizarre to many, especially from modern western cultures, but there was some logic behind the decision. Moustaches are one of those things that come and go with fads. …

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Laughing While Being Tickled Is Actually A Panic Response

Reading Time: 2 minutes Do you like being tickled or hate it? Many young children love the sensation of laughing uncontrollably, but many adults hate the feeling altogether. Maybe it’s a feeling of not being n control of the situation, or maybe it’s the result of an evolutionary response. In any event though, when you are laughing while being tickled it …

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Happy Birthday to You Has a Copyright

Reading Time: 2 minutes Would you believe that there is a Happy Birthday copyright? We’re of course talking about the song, not the recognized greeting for the birthday person. Furthermore, the song makes the holder of the copyright a hell of a lot of money. How much does the Happy Birthday copyright earn its owners? The next time you …

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Abraham Lincoln Had A Confederate Five Dollar Bill In His Wallet

Reading Time: 2 minutes On the night that he was assassinated in Fords Theater, Abraham Lincoln had a confederate five dollar bill in his leather wallet. This is a real oddity for a man who was leading his nation during one if its most difficult periods. Why carry a piece of currency from a belligerent foe? When United States President …

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Confederate Money Wasn’t Real Money, It Was Fake

Reading Time: 2 minutes Here’s what seems like a silly question to ask. Was Confederate money real or fake? Surely a currency that can be traded among people for goods and services is real, but the unique circumstances of the era proved to suggest otherwise. When the confederate states of America seceded from the Union they required, among other things, …

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Uncle Sam Was A Meat Packer

Reading Time: 2 minutes Uncle Sam, the national personification of the American government was actually a meat packer from Troy, New York. That’s right, the authoritative looking and some would say tough looking Uncle Sam was a meat packer, nothing more. So how did a man from such a simple background come to become such a prominent figure in American …

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