Until 1976, Mormons could be legally shot on sight in Missouri
A photograph is a most important document, and there is nothing more damning than to go down to posterity than a silly, foolish smile caught and fixed forever.
—Mark Twain, agreeing with the general sentiment held for most of history that smiling in portraits and photographs was odd and slightly indecent
This Is How A Successful Dictator Dies
- Priest: Do you forgive your enemies?
- dying Gen. Blanco y Erenas: No. I don't have any enemies. I've had them all shot.
Several of Aristotle’s writings have survived only by a fortunate chance. Around 80 B.C., the men of a Roman army invading Asia Minor found a number of manuscripts of Aristotle’s works in a pit and brought them to their general, Sulla. It turned out that no other copies of many of them existed, and Sulla had them taken to Rome and recopied
A copy of the Complete Works of Shakespeare, known as the Robben Island Bible, was used by apartheid-era ANC prisoners including Nelson Mandela. It was passed from cell to cell and read in secret. The books owner originally passed it around to collect signatures, to remember his time in prison. He asked all the leading prisoners to sign next to their favorite passages.
Beside the passage in Julius Caesar beginning, “Cowards die many times before their deaths” is Mandela’s signature and the date, December 16 1977.
Alexander the Great had heterochromia — one of his eyes was blue, one was brown.
In 1976, a Soviet pilor named Viktor Belenko defected by flying his flying his MiG-25 “Foxbat” jet fighter to Hakodate, Japan. The USSR demanded the plane back. Japan complied but only after letting American engineers examine and test-run it. Japan then took it apart, shipped it back piece by piece, and billed the USSR $40,000 for shipping and labor costs!
This is the now-extinct American Lion. She had a large range — Europe, Africa, Asia, North America, and northern South America. She hunted large mammals including bison and horses, so it was good she was 25% larger than the African Lion. Unfortunately the American Lion’s only predator — us humans of course — helped her into extinction by about 13,000 years ago.
They are ill discoverers that think there is no land, when they can see nothing but sea.
—Francis Bacon (1561 - 1626) an English philosopher, statesman, scientist, juror, orator, essayist, and author who was both the Lord Chancellor and Attorney General of England. Perhaps his most lasting contributiont to the world was the “Baconian method” or more commonly known as the “scientific method”