20140921

The Fatty Arbuckle Scandal

At a raucous, three-day party in 1921, a young starlet became severely ill and died four days later. 

Newspapers went wild with the story: popular silent-screen comedian Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle had killed Virginia Rappe with his weight while savagely raping her. 

Though the newspapers of the day reveled in the gory, rumored details, juries found little evidence that Arbuckle was in any way connected with her death.

What happened at that party and why was the public so ready to believe "Fatty" was guilty?

William Randolph Hearst, the symbol of yellow journalism, had his San Francisco Examiner cover the story. 

According to Buster Keaton, Hearst boasted that Arbuckle's story sold more papers than the sinking of the Lusitania. More


Man hit by lightning seven times

Roy Cleveland Sullivan (February 7, 1912 – September 28, 1983) was a United States park ranger in Shenandoah National Park in Virginia. 

Between 1942 and 1977, Sullivan was hit by lightning on seven different occasions and survived all of them. For this reason, he gained a nickname "Human Lightning Conductor" or "Human Lightning Rod". 

Sullivan is recognized by Guinness World Records as the person struck by lightning more recorded times than any other human being.

He died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound at the age of 71 over an unrequited love.  More

20140919

In 2012 a Six-year-old was handcuffed, arrested for temper tantrum

A Georgia mom says she dropped her 6-year-old daughter off for a normal day of kindergarten, then found her in handcuffs when she went to pick her up at a police station.

A local TV station reported that the child, Salecia Johnson, threw an epic temper tantrum, allegedly knocking over a shelf that injured the principal at Creekside Elementary School in Milledgeville, Ga., before police were called.

She also reportedly threw objects and tore things off the walls.

She was charged with simple assault and damage to property but won’t have to go to court because of her age.

Virginia Sterilization Act of 1924

Carrie E. Buck (July 3, 1906 – January 28, 1983) was the plaintiff in the United States Supreme Court case Buck v. Bell, after having been ordered to undergo compulsory sterilization for purportedly being "feeble-minded." 

The surgery, carried out while Buck was an inmate of the Virginia State Colony for Epileptics and Feebleminded, took place under the authority of the Racial Integrity Act of 1924, part of the state of Virginia's eugenics program.

In an eight to one decision the U.S. Supreme Court found that the Virginia Sterilization Act of 1924 did not violate the U.S. Constitution.  More

20140918

The Guiding Light

In 2009, the final episode of "The Guiding Light" was broadcast. 

The soap opera had run on radio and television for 72 years.

Johnny Depp

Actor Johnny Depp has recently revealed that he is blind in his left eye. Depp has been struggling with his vision all his life. He is near-sighted in his right eye and has never had proper vision.

He wears glasses when not on set, because without them he can only see a few feet in front of him.

Being one of Hollywood's most versatile actors, one would never notice that he is battling to see while he is portraying his deep, dark, or sinister characters.

A Rose For Mary

Upon his death, TV star Jack Benny’s widow, Mary, received a red rose. 

After several days, with another rose delivered each day, Mary called to find out who was sending them. 

The florist told her that Benny made arrangements for a rose to be sent to her every day for the rest of her life.

20140917

Typewriter Artist

Keira Rathbone is a West London-based fine artist. She grew up in Dorset and studied Fine Art at UWE in Bristol. 

Over the past ten years Keira has developed a far-reaching reputation for her experiments into typewriter art.  More

20140916

Why Isn't Cat Food Mouse-Flavored?

Cats love to chew on mice, so why not feed them meals with delicious rodent flavoring? 

Because, according to Shaun Belongie, the national brand manager for cat food company Friskies, the FDA says you can't. 

It holds pet food to the same sanitation and safety standards as it does human food, approving ingredients it deems appropriate, and necessary, for an animal's diet. 

Rodents aren't sanctioned to be grown as a food source in the United States, and the Department of Agriculture doesn't have an official inspection procedure for mice. 

So while fish are a go, mice are a no.

20140915

School Buses

While it's up to individual states to determine the color of school buses, most have been painted National School Bus Chrome Yellow since a 1939 national conference recommended it as the shade of choice.

20140913

Albert Einstein

Einstein did not speak until comparatively late in childhood, and he remained a reluctant talker until the age of 7.

This fact, combined with his single-minded devotion to physics, his imposition of routines on his wife, his musical talent and other factors have led some to argue that Einstein had Asperger's syndrome, an autism spectrum disorder that affects language and behavioral development in children.

Hurricane Ike

In 2008, Hurricane Ike battered Galveston and Houston with heavy rain and 110-mph winds, forcing about 1 million people to flee and leaving millions without electricity.

Officials later said deaths caused by Ike included more than 100 in the United States and about 75 in Haiti.

Picture: Reporters do interviews as waves from Hurricane Ike lash the seawall in Galveston, Texas.

20140912

The Birds

In May 2001, the son of "The Birds" novelist Daphne Du Maurier reported that he and his wife were being terrorized by seagulls nesting outside their cottage in Cornwall, England.

20140911

VIAGRA

Viagra, or Sildenafil, as it's officially known, was originally conceived as a treatment for hypertension, angina, and other symptoms of heart disease. 

But Phase I clinical trials revealed that while the drug wasn’t great at treating what it was supposed to treat, male test subjects were experiencing a rather unexpected side effect: erections. 

A few years later, in 1998, the drug took U.S. markets by storm as a treatment for penile dysfunction and became an overnight success. 

It now rakes in an estimated $1.9 billion a year.

LISTERINE

Listerine was invented 135 years ago, first as a surgical antiseptic, but also as a cure for gonorrhea. 

An article from 1888 recommends Listerine "for sweaty feet, and soft corns, developing between the toes." 

Over the course of the next century, it was marketed as a refreshing additive to cigarettes, a cure for the common cold, and as a dandruff treatment. 

But it was in the 1920s that the powerful, germ-killing liquid finally landed on its most lucrative use as a magical cure for bad breath.

RAVENS ARE ONE OF THE SMARTEST ANIMALS.

When it comes to intelligence, these birds rate up there with chimpanzees and dolphins. 

In one logic test, the raven had to get a hanging piece of food by pulling up a bit of the string, anchoring it with its claw, and repeating until the food was in reach. 

Many ravens got the food on the first try, some within 30 seconds. 

In the wild, ravens have pushed rocks on people to keep them from climbing to their nests, stolen fish by pulling a fishermen’s line out of ice holes, and played dead beside a beaver carcass to scare other ravens away from a delicious feast.

If a raven knows another raven is watching it hide its food, it will pretend to put the food in one place while really hiding it in another. Since the other ravens are smart too, this only works sometimes.