In 1875, the director of the United States Patent Office sent his resignation and advised that his department be closed. There was nothing left to invent, he claimed.
Susan B. Anthony. Susan B. Anthony illegally voted for the re-election of Ulysses S. Grant for President in Rochester, NY. in 1872. She was arrested, jailed and fined. The judge dismissed the jury and rendered a verdict of guilty as charged.
The erroneous publication in 1888 of a premature obituary of Nobel by a French newspaper, condemning his invention of dynamite, is said to have made him decide to leave a better legacy to the world after his death. The obituary stated Le marchand de la mort est mort ("The merchant of death is dead") and went on to say, "Dr. Alfred Nobel, who ...Read more
There is an organization in Berkeley, California, whose members gather monthly to discuss and honor the garlic plant. Called "The Lovers of the Stinky Rose," this unusual organization holds and annual garlic festival and publishes a newsletter known as "Garlic Time."
The film Cleopatra (1963) was banned in Egypt for 15 years because its star, Elizabeth Taylor, had converted to Judaism.
The herring is the most widely eaten fish in the world. Nutritionally its fuel value is that equal to that of a beefsteak.
Guinea pigs were first domesticated by the Incas, who used them for food, in sacrifices, and as household pets.
Crows are social birds that congregate in huge flocks. While the flock grazes in a field, lookouts will be posted to watch for approaching danger. They'll raise the alarm if humans approach.
Sigurd and Regin dug pits outside the creature's lair, covered it with branches and waited for the beast to return home. Once it was over the covered pit, Sigurd rose up and stabbed the dragon through its tender underbelly, killing it. Soon after Sigurd's friend, the dwarf Regin, plotted to kill Sigurd to have the treasure all to himself. ...Read more
"Kemo Sabe" reportedly means "soggy shrub" in Navajo.
San Francisco was the birthplace of the United Nations in 1945. After a brief stop at Lake Success, New York, it was moved to New York City because many European nations believed San Francisco was too far to travel.
No, but he gave it a major boost. President Dwight Eisenhower established the National Aeronautics and Space Administration in 1958. In May of 1961, President Kennedy sent things off in a big way when he announced that Americans would send a man to the moon and back within a decade. NASA's launch facility in Florida was renamed the John F. ...Read more
There is an average of 50,000 spiders per acre in green areas. Essential to the balance of nature, spiders annually consume a hundred times their number in insects.
Horse racing is one of the most ancient sports, originating in Central Asia among prehistoric nomadic tribesmen around 4500 B.C. When humans began keeping written records, horse racing was already an organized sport throughout the world.
Moses Malone became the first player to go from high school straight into pro basketball in 1974. The move made him the highest salaried teenage athlete in the United States at that time. Malone was signed by the Utah Stars of the American Basketball Association.
The first time an enormous amount of clothing was needed all at once was during the Civil War, when the Union needed hundreds of thousands of uniforms for its troops. Out of this need came the ready-made clothing industry.
There are 170,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 ways to play the ten opening moves in a game of chess.
Carp are the largest of the minnows -- it's a big family, including over 300 American species, mainly small freshwater fishes. True minnows (family Cyprinidae) are soft-rayed fishes with teeth in their throats only.
Goldfish lose their color if they are kept in a dim light or they are placed in a body of running water, such as a stream. They remain gold when kept in a pond or in a bowl with adequate illumination.
When airplanes were still a novel invention, seat belts for pilots were installed only after the consequence of their absence was observed to be fatal – several pilots fell to their deaths while flying upside down.