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What do you call a shoemaker?

Boot and shoemakers are often commonly called "cobblers." But the word cobbler is more properly applied to shoe repairmen. Those who actually make footwear are known as "cordwainers." This term has its antecedents in the word "cordovan," which was...

Why didn't mailmen want to wear uniforms?

Railroad conductors and mailmen in the U.S. refused to wear uniforms until after the Civil War. In 1844, policement in New York City staged a strike against their proposed blue uniforms. The reason for their opposition was that they considered ...

How did Samuel preclude Orville and Wilbur?

Dr. Samuel Langley was able to get many model airplanes to fly, but on December 8, 1903, Langley's "human carrying flying machine," the aerodrome plunged into the Potomac River near Washington D.C., in front of photographers who were assembled to ...