20150327

The Unabomber


Why did the FBI call Ted Kaczynski "The Unabomber"? 

Miss New York


In 1981, Deborah Ann Fountain (Miss New York) became the first Miss America pageant participant disqualified for "illegal use of padding" during the swimsuit competition.

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King James IV of Scotland


King James IV of Scotland was an amateur dentist. 

The Hindenburg


Despite the horrific display, nearly two-thirds of those aboard the LZ 129 Hindenburg survived its fiery crash in 1937.

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Husband divorced his wife after she kissed a horse


Saudi Arabia - A Saudi man divorced his wife after discovering a picture of her kissing a horse on social media. 

The unnamed woman said she had published the photo of her equine smooch at a farm near Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, herself.

She added that her divorce has not made her regret kissing the horse, and that she was not upset by splitting from a man who cannot distinguish between humans and animals. 

20150326

Operation Market Garden


About six miles from Maastricht, in the Netherlands, lie buried 8,301 American soldiers who died in "Operation Market Garden" in the battles to liberate Holland in the fall/winter of 1944.

Every one of the men buried in the cemetery, as well as those in the Canadian and British military cemeteries, has been adopted by a Dutch family who mind the grave, decorate it, and keep alive the memory of the soldier they have adopted. 

TASER is an acronym for Thomas A. Swift's Electric Rifle


Physicist Jack Cover first became interested in developing a non-lethal type of weapon when he heard about President Lyndon Johnson’s Blue Ribbon Crime Commission back in the late ‘60s.

The goal of the commission was to develop safe but effective weaponry to be utilized in suppressing riots that were occurring around the country at the time. Not long after, Cover read an article in the L.A. Times about a man who became immobilized by a high-voltage fence while hiking.

This soon led to the discovery that a low electrical current could be pulsed with high voltage to cause involuntary muscle spasms and render a person completely helpless.

In 1970, Cover developed the first prototypes of his electronic control device, which he named after his childhood literary hero, Tom Swift.

The popular science fiction series, authored by Victor Appleton, includes a book entitled Tom Swift and His Electric Rifle. Jack Cover’s ECD weapon fit the description of an ‘electric rifle,’ so he honored his boyhood hero by referencing the story in the acronym for the device.

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US federal regulations require a second member of the flight crew to be in the cockpit at all times


US federal regulations require a second member of the flight crew to be in the cockpit at all times.

If necessary, a flight attendant is required to be in the cockpit when one of the pilots leaves it.

Unlike in the US, European regulations do not provide for two people to be in the cockpit at all times.

Having this regulation may have prevented the crash of the German Airbus A320 in March of 2015 which crashed in the French Alps killing everyone on board.

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20150325

Hatfield-McCoy Feud


Between 1878 and 1890 of the Hatfield-McCoy feud, three dozen lives were lost.