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The Inventor of the Guillotine Was Killed by Guillotine

Reading Time: 3 minutes Oh dag nam it. How unfortunate is this? The inventor of the guillotine was killed by guillotine. As we know, the benefit of hindsight is a wonderful tool to have, but is of little use, especially in this case. But in saying that, would the inventor of the guillotine have invented it if he knew he …

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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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A Condemned Man Tried To Keep Blinking After His Head Was Cut Off

Reading Time: 2 minutes Can you keep blinking after your head is cut off? One man sought to answer this very question, but doing so would cost him his life. This is the story of a French chemist, who during the Reign of Terror in France, following the revolution, was sentenced to the guillotine. As a chemist he was …

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The Day The Titanic Sank Lifeboat Drills Were Cancelled

Reading Time: 3 minutes Oh my, could the world have been very different. On the fateful day that the Titanic sank, the planned lifeboat drill for that day had been cancelled. When compared to the monetary blunders throughout history, this must take the cake, because human life is priceless. So lets look deeper to understand why the cancelling of …

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Salon Kitty Was a Brothel Ran by the SS in Germany to Gather Intelligence

Reading Time: 2 minutes Intelligence gathering by countries is an age old practice. The mere thought of spies conjures up thoughts of dark and mysterious men in trench coats rummaging through secret documents. But this is not always the case, and other methods are often used. In modern times we have been alerted to intelligence gathering methods used by governments. …

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Luck Of The Irish Origin Is Supposed To Be Offensive

Reading Time: 2 minutes When you hear the phrase “the luck of the Irish,” most people consider it to be a term of endearment. But it’s origin is far from a loving one, in fact it was coined with a fair bit of disdain towards the Irish. That’s right, the origin of “luck of the Irish” was a racist …

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Apple’s Original Logo Featured Sir Isaac Newton Under an Apple Tree

Reading Time: 3 minutes These days when someone mentions apple, most people think of the over priced consumer electronic products. You know the things. The $2,000 Facebook machine or the new flexible iPhone. But believe it or not, there was once a time when the word apple would mean fruit. Yeah, I know, I can’t believe it either. In …

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Chainsaws Were Made To Deliver Babies

Reading Time: 2 minutes If I were to say that chainsaws were originally made to deliver babies, what would you say? You would probably think I’m off my face on some hallucinogenic party drug or something. How could a device that’s widely used in the timber industry, and I can’t forget B grade horror movies, ever be associated with the …

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George Washington Was afraid of being buried alive

Reading Time: 3 minutes George Washington was afraid of being buried alive. Of all of the things he could have possibly been scared of, it was to be interred while his heart was still beating. Just think about it for a moment and I het it doesn’t seem that odd a phobia. What’s your greatest fear? Is it a …

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