20171016

George Wallace

George Wallace was the 45th governor of Alabama and the final independent presidential candidate to win promised electoral college votes. 

George Wallace was also one of the most controversial politicians in US history due to his extreme segregationist views. 

During his third presidential campaign in 1972, he was shot by Arthur Bremer during a campaign rally.

At the time of the assassination attempt, Wallace was showing positive support numbers due to his more moderate platform, but the shooting derailed his campaign.
Bremer served 35 years in prison before being released on parole in 2007. 
Wallace returned to Alabama and served out his remaining term as governor, despite being paralyzed from the waist down. 
He later tried unsuccessfully to run for president again. 
Wallace was later elected as Alabama’s governor for a final term before retiring from politics.

20171013

Trash Island

The Maldives is a tropical paradise on Earth, all white beaches and clear water. That’s the image the island nation portrays to the tourists, at least, and all those tourists don’t come without a price.
Thilafushi is a man-made island that was created as a landfill. 
The best of intentions may have gone along with its inception, but with more than 10,000 tourists flooding the vacation paradise every week—well, that’s a lot of trash. 
The so-called Rubbish Island is home to about 150 people, whose job it is to sift through the garbage and figure out what can be recycled, what can be burned, and what can be exported to other countries. 
But with more than 330 tons of garbage being dumped on the island every day, it’s a losing battle—and a horrifying sight that’s hidden from the tourists.
Unfortunately, the sheer amount of garbage means that workers have to be less and less discerning when it comes to what they do with the trash. 
Much of it is burned, and that includes electronics, batteries, and plastics, all dumping their smoky byproducts into the air and water.

20171012

Stephen King

Stephen Edwin King (born September 21, 1947) is an American author of horrorsupernatural fiction, suspense, science fiction, and fantasy. 

His books have sold more than 350 million copies, many of which have been adapted into feature films, miniseries, television series, and comic books. 

King has published 54 novels, including seven under the pen name Richard Bachman, and six non-fiction books. 

He has written around 200 short stories, most of which have been collected in book collections. Many of his stories are set in his home state of Maine

His novella Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption was the basis for the film The Shawshank Redemption which is widely regarded as one of the greatest films of all time.

20171011

El Silbon

As told in Venezuela and Colombia, El Silbon is a tale about a creature that has been damned to roam the Earth carrying a bag of bones.
The creature was once a little boy who lived with his parents in Venezuela. Being an only child, he was spoiled to no end by his parents. Unfortunately, this turned him into a picky and demanding brat.
After insisting on deer meat for dinner one night and becoming extremely angry when his father failed to produce it, the boy stabbed his father in the stomach, pulled out his intestines, and took them to his mother to cook.[1]
Although the mother cooked the entrails, she eventually became suspicious at the look of the meat. Realizing what the boy had done, the mother was overcome with grief and let the boy’s grandfather deal with the evil child.
The grandfather whipped the boy within an inch of his life and then rubbed chilies and lemon juice in his wounds. Then the grandfather handed the boy a bag full of his father’s bones and set a pack of dogs loose on him as the boy ran away. Just before the dogs killed the boy, the grandfather cursed him. And that was the origin of the creature known as El Silbon.
It is said that El Silbon still roams around, whistling and entering homes without anyone noticing. He puts the bag of bones on the floor and counts them inside the home. If he goes unnoticed, a member of the family in that house will die. However, if the family does notice him, the boy turns their bad fortune into good luck.

20171010

Dreams

Most dreams are only 5 to 20 minutes long.

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20171009

Translating Chinese to English

Translating Chinese to English could be a nightmare for Chinese citizens. 
Some Chinese with a fair knowledge of English bypass the translation problem by translating word for word, which is the origin of the grammatically incorrect yet popular phrase “long time no see.”
Others who have little or no knowledge of English opt for Chinese-to-English translation software packages, which do not always give impressive results. 
This is why Chinese banks have “cash recycling machines,” while a proctology hospital is called an “anus hospital.” 
Restaurants also serve “fried enema” (instead of fried sausage) and the very racist “Jew’s ear juice,” while fashion stores stock clothes in “fatso” sizes.

20171006

Gertrude Baniszewski

Also known as the Torture Mother, Gertrude Baniszewski was an Indiana divorcee who oversaw and facilitated a prolonged torture, mutilation, and eventual murder of a teenage girl, Sylvia Likens. 

It was later discovered that the death and majority of the torture was actually carried out under Baniszewski’s instruction by her teenage children and other kids from the neighborhood. 

When the woman was convicted of first degree murder in 1965, the case was called, “the single worst crime perpetuated against an individual in Indiana’s history.”

20171003

Cockroaches


What would you do to win a pet snake? 

One pet shop in Florida decided to test the limits of people’s hunger for snakes by making them swallow insects and worms in an eating contest. 

The winner was declared after consuming 60 grams of meal worms, 35 worms, and a bucket of cockroaches. Minutes after celebrating his victory, Edward Archbold collapsed outside the pet shop and died.
At first, it was thought that he might have had an allergic reaction to the insects, but an autopsy showed that Archbold choked to death. 
Arthropod body parts had clogged his airways. During the contest, Archbold had eaten the cockroaches so quickly that he swallowed many whole and alive and had to force insects escaping from his mouth back in.

20171002

Mark Twain

Examples of quotes incorrectly attributed to Twain are “Golf is a good walk spoiled,” 

“The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco,” 

and “A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is still putting on its shoes.”

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20170930

Queen Elizabeth II loves Corgis

Queen Elizabeth II loves Corgis and has owned over 30 during her reign.
 
The Queen's family got the first ever Royal Corgi, named Dookie, in 1933 for the family. 

The Queen got her very own Corgi, which she named Susan, for her 18th Birthday.