20160211

Bald Eagles Build the Largest Tree Nests of Any Bird


On average, these birds weigh about 10 lbs. The bald eagle is both the national bird and the national animal of the United States.

Bald eagles build the largest nests of any bird that makes a nest in a tree.

Bald eagle facts reveal that these master builders make mansions atop the trees.

Bald eagle nests weigh as much as 1 ton and measure up to 13ft. deep and 8 ft. wide.

Historical bald eagle facts reveal that a nest found in 1925 was 9 ft. wide, 20 ft. deep, and weighed over 2 tons.

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20160210

Kodak's Cloudy Pictures


In 1946 Kodak customers complained about film developing cloudy.

Kodak investigated & found the corn husks used for packing was radioactive.

They discovered something that was not public knowledge.

The packaging was exposed to fallout from the world’s first nuclear bomb explosion.

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20160208

Charlie bit my finger


The ad revenue made from the “charlie bit my finger” YouTube video was enough for the family to buy a new house.  Video

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The Stethoscope


The stethoscope was conceived because the inventor, Rene Theophile Hyacinthe Laënnec (1781–1826) a French physician, felt uncomfortable placing his ear on a woman’s bare chest to listen to her heart.

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20160207

Pilot Attacks Battleship With Coke Bottle


During the WWII naval battle of Leyte Gulf, an American pilot made repeated attack runs against one of the largest battleships in history, Japan’s Yamato.

After running out of ammunition, the pilot continued attacking, throwing a Coke bottle and other loose cockpit articles at the ship’s bridge.

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20160206

10,000–15,000 dogs are consumed at festival


The Lychee and Dog Meat Festival, commonly referred to as Yulin Dog Meat Festival, is an annual celebration held in Yulin, Guangxi, China, during the summer solstice in which festival goers eat dog meat and lychees (subtropical fruit tree native to the Guangdong and Fujian provinces of China.)

The festival spans about ten days during which it is estimated that 10,000–15,000 dogs are consumed. 

20160203

Code of the Secret Service


The film Ronald Reagan called “the worst picture I ever made” (Code of the Secret Service),

inspired Jerry Parr to join the Secret Service.

Later, Parr saved President Reagan’s life during the 1981 assassination attempt.

On March 30, 1981, John Hinckley, Jr. opened fire on the President as he exited the Washington Hilton Hotel after giving a speech.

Upon hearing gunshots, Parr pushed Reagan into the President's limousine, which started heading to the White House.

Reagan thought at first that Parr had broken one of his ribs when he pushed him.

The agent noticed Reagan was having difficulty breathing and bright frothy blood was coming from his mouth. Parr then ordered the limousine to go to the hospital.

Picture: Parr just before President Reagan was shot.

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20160201

The birth of the blue jean


May 20, 1873 marked an historic day: the birth of the blue jean. It was on that day that Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis obtained a U.S. patent on the process of putting rivets in men’s work pants for the very first time.

Levi Strauss, a Bavarian-born dry goods merchant, came to San Francisco in 1853 at the age of 24 to open a West Coast branch of his brothers’ New York wholesale dry goods business. 

Over the next 20 years, he built his business into a very successful operation, making a name for himself not only as a well-respected businessman, but also as a local philanthropist. One of Levi’s customers was a tailor named Jacob Davis.

One day the wife of a local laborer asked Jacob to make a pair of pants for her husband that wouldn’t fall apart. Jacob tried to think of a way to strengthen his trousers and came up with the idea to put metal rivets at points of strain, like pocket corners and the base of the button fly. 

These riveted pants were an instant hit. Jacob quickly decided to take out a patent on the process, but needed a business partner to help get the project rolling. He immediately thought of Levi Strauss, from whom he had purchased the cloth to make his riveted pants.

Davis wrote to Levi to suggest that the two men hold the patent together. Levi, being an astute businessman, saw the potential for this new product, and agreed to Jacob’s proposal. The two men received patent #139,121 from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on May 20, 1873.

Soon, the first riveted clothing was made and sold. We made our first jeans out of denim — the traditional fabric for men’s workwear. Within a very short time, the jean was a bona fide success. (Although, we should note that they were called “waist overalls” or “overalls” until 1960, when baby boomers adopted the name “jeans.”)

We consider May 20, 1873 the “birthday” of blue jeans, because although denim pants had been around as workwear for many years, it was the act of placing rivets in these traditional pants for the first time that created what we now call jeans.

The next time you see someone wearing a pair of Levi’s® jeans, remember that these pants are a direct descendant of that first pair made back in 1873. That year, two visionary immigrants — Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis — turned denim, thread and a little metal into what has become the most popular apparel on earth. Levi Strauss & Co.

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20160131

Ham The Chimp


Ham (July 1956 – January 19, 1983), also known as Ham the Chimp and Ham the Astrochimp, was a chimpanzee and the first hominid launched into space, on 31 January 1961, as part of America's space program.

Ham's name is an acronym for the lab which prepared him for his historic mission — the Holloman Aerospace Medical Center, located at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico.

On January 31, 1961, Ham was secured in a Project Mercury mission labeled MR-2 and launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on a suborbital flight.

Ham had his vital signs and tasks monitored using computers on Earth.

The capsule suffered a partial loss of pressure during the flight, but Ham's space suit prevented him from suffering any harm.

Ham's lever-pushing performance in space was only a fraction of a second slower than on Earth, demonstrating that tasks could be performed in space.

Ham's capsule splashed down in the Atlantic Ocean and was recovered by a rescue ship later that day.

He only suffered a bruised nose. His flight was 16 minutes and 39 seconds long.

After the flight, Ham lived for 17 years in the National Zoo in Washington, D.C.

20160128

60 Minutes and Audi


In 1986, ’60 Minutes’ ran a scathing exposé on the Audi 5000, alleging it could wildly accelerate on its own. 

However, their on-air demonstration used a rigged car to show falsified results. 

Gov’t tests later vindicated Audi but their sales had already plummeted. 

’60 Minutes’ never apologized. 

The “60 Minutes” whitewash of Audi wasn’t the first time a major news network was caught rigging an automotive test. 

20160127

Ruby Ridge: US Government shoots, kills family members and family dog at their home


Randy Weaver, a white separatist, had been targeted by the federal government after failing to appear in court to face charges related to his selling of two illegal sawed-off shotguns to an Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) informant. 

On August 21, 1992, after a period of surveillance, U.S. marshals came upon Harrison; Weaver; Weaver’s 14-year-old son, Sammy; and the family dog, Striker, on a road near the Weaver property. 

A marshal shot and killed the dog, prompting Sammy to fire at the marshal. In the ensuing gun battle, Sammy and U.S. Marshal Michael Degan were shot and killed. A tense standoff ensued, and on August 22 the FBI joined the marshals besieging Ruby Ridge.

Later that day, Harris, Weaver, and his daughter, Sarah, left the cabin, allegedly for the purpose of preparing Sammy’s body for burial. 

FBI sharpshooter Lon Horiuchi, waiting 200 yards away, opened fire, allegedly because he thought Harrison was armed and intending to fire on a helicopter in the vicinity. Horiuchi wounded Weaver, and the group ran to the shed where Sammy’s body was lying. 

When they attempted to escape back into the cabin, Horiuchi fired again, wounding Harrison as he dove through the door and killing Vicki Weaver, who was holding the door open with one hand and cradling her infant daughter with the other. 

20160126

The year was 1955


I’ll tell you one thing, if things keep going the way they are, it’s going to be impossible to buy a week’s groceries for $10.00

Did you hear the post office is thinking about charging 7 cents just to mail a letter?

If they raise the minimum wage to $1.00, nobody will be able to hire outside help at the store!

When I first started driving, who would have thought gas would someday cost 25 cents a gallon. Guess we’d be better off leaving the car in the garage!

I’m afraid to send my kids to the movies any more. Ever since they let Clark Gable get by with saying DAMN in GONE WITH THE WIND, it seems every new movie has either HELL or DAMN in it.

I never thought I’d see the day all our kitchen appliances would be electric. They’re even making electric typewriters now!

The fast food restaurant is convenient for a quick meal, but I seriously doubt they will ever catch on.

There is no sense going on short trips anymore for a weekend. It costs nearly $2.00 a night to stay in a hotel.

No one can afford to be sick anymore. At $15.00 a day in the hospital, it’s too rich for my blood!

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20160125

Nasty Things People Eat


A balut (spelled standardized as balot) is a developing duck embryo (fertilized duck egg) that is boiled and eaten in the shell. 

It originated and is commonly sold as street food in the Philippines. 

They are common food in countries in Southeast Asia, such as Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, and Vietnam

They are often served with beer.

Fertilized duck eggs are kept warm in the sun and stored in baskets to retain warmth. After nine days, the eggs are held to a light to reveal the embryo inside. 

Approximately eight days later the balut are ready to be cooked, sold, and eaten. 

Vendors sell cooked balut from buckets of sand (used to retain warmth) accompanied by small packets of salt.

 Uncooked balut are rarely sold in Southeast Asia. 

In the United States, Asian markets occasionally carry uncooked balut eggs. Alternatively, they can be mail-ordered. The cooking process is identical to that of hard-boiled chicken eggs, and baluts are eaten while still warm.

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20160124

The Mysterious Moving Coffins of Barbados


The Chase Vault is a burial vault in the cemetery of the Christ Church Parish Church in Oistins, Christ Church, Barbados best known for a widespread legend of "mysterious moving coffins". 

According to the story, each time the heavily sealed vault was opened in the early 19th century for burial of a family member, all of the lead coffins had changed position.

A Mrs. Goddard was buried in the vault in 1807, followed in 1808 by Ann Maria Chase, and in 1812 by Dorcas Chase. 

When the vault was opened in late 1812 for the burial of Thomas Chase, the caskets of the Chase girls were said to be found "in a confused state, having been apparently tossed from their places." 

When the vault was later opened "to receive the body of another infant, the four coffins, all of lead, all very heavy, were much disturbed" and that similar disturbances were found when opening the vault for burials in 1816 and 1819.

“ Each time that the vault was opened the coffins were replaced in their proper situations, that is, three on the ground side by side, and the others laid on them. 

The vault was then regularly closed; the door (a massive stone which required six or seven men to move) was cemented by masons; and though the floor was of sand there were no marks of footsteps or water. 

The last time the vault was opened was in 1819. Lord Combermere was then present, and the coffins were found confusedly thrown about the vault, some with their heads down and others up. 

20160123

Ricky Ray Rector's Last Meal


Rector murdered police officer Robert Martin in 1981 and was executed in Arkansas in 1992. 

He asked for steak, fried chicken, cherry Kool-Aid and pecan pie. 

Only seven people in the world are allowed to wear white while meeting with the pope


Called le privilége du blanc in French or il privilegio del biacno in Italian, the special tradition is extended solely to designated Catholic queens and princesses and is usually reserved for important events at the Vatican like private audiences, canonizations, beatifications and special masses. 

According to protocol, other women who meet with the pope are asked to wear black clothes and a matching mantilla, or a lace veil worn over the head. 

First Lady Michelle Obama followed this rule in 2009 when she joined President Barack Obama in visiting Pope Benedict XVI.

Of course, wearing black (or white) is not required for women who meet with the pope. 

As head of the Church of England, Queen Elizabeth II has previously worn black and a mantilla when meeting with Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII, but she hasn't followed the protocol in more recent visits.

Currently only seven women hold the privilege of the white – Queen Sofía of Spain, Queen Paola of Belgium, Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg, Queen Mathilde of Belgium, Queen Letizia of Spain, Princess Marina of Naples and Princess Charlene of Monaco. 

The tradition is not extended to non-royal female Catholic heads of state (like former Argentinian president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner) or Catholic wives of non-royal heads of state (like former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy) nor is it extended to Catholic wives of non-Catholic monarchs (like Queen Máxima of the Netherlands).

It is also not given to every Catholic monarch's wife as Princess Marie of Liechtenstein and Queen 'Masenate Mohato Seeiso of Lesotho apparently do not have the privilege. 

The women traditionally need to be the queens of a "Most Catholic Majesty" or Rex Catholicissimus – either as consort or in their own right as regnant – a title given to Catholic monarchs by the pope and is considered hereditary unless taken away by the pontiff.

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Strange Experiment on Children in 1960


In 1960, two psychologists at Cornell University built what they called the ‘visual cliff’ – a contraption made up of boards laid across a heavy sheet of glass. 

Patterned fabric was added, so the transition from boards to bare glass ended up looking like a sheer drop straight to the floor below.

The experiment involved placing thirty-six babies above the illusion of a sheer drop and asking their mothers to coax them to crawl over the ‘cliff’. 

What will the babies choose: Obedience or self-preservation?

Only three of the thirty-six crept onto the glass. Most crawled away from their own mothers.

The experimenters did, however, notice that several of the infants who didn’t cross onto the glass still ended up close enough to the edge to fall if the drop been real. 

Car Curse


  • In 1955, Hollywood heartthrob James Dean was killed in a horrific car accident while driving around in his Porsche. 
  • The car was later considered a bad luck omen.
  • When the car was towed from the accident scene and taken to a garage, the engine slipped out and onto a mechanic, shattering both his legs.
    The engine was eventually bought by a wealthy doctor, who used it to soup-up his racing car. 
    He died shortly after during a race. 
    Another driver died in the very same race and his car had James Dean’s drive shaft fitted in it. 
    The garage where Dean’s Porsche was repaired was later destroyed by fire. 
    The car was then displayed in Sacramento, but somehow fell off its mount, breaking a teenager’s hip. 
    In Oregon, the trailer the Porsche was mounted on slipped from its tow bar, smashing into a shopfront. 
    Finally, in 1959, the car mysteriously broke into 11 pieces while sitting on steel supports. 

20160122

Ghosts Roam The Decks


Built by the Cunard Line, The Queen Mary was the premier ocean liner for transatlantic travel, carrying celebrities and dignitaries. 

It was also used as a troopship during World War II.
In 1967, world-famous cruise ship The Queen Mary officially retired from ocean travel to become a floating Californian hotel.

Many aboard have died over the years, and these spirits are thought to roam the ship. 

Man killed by a falling tortoise


Aeschylus, born in c. 525 BC, was a well-known playwright, though not many people know about the bizarre way he died.

An eagle dropped a tortoise on his head.

Apparently the eagle had mistaken author’s glistening bald head for a rock he could use to crack open his hard-shelled lunch. 

But, even stranger, Aeschylus had been spending all his time indoors the last few months because a psychic had said that he would die from an object falling from the sky.

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