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Old 11-24-2017, 04:35 AM
 
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A few more from Ripley's.





The Oldest Piece Of Luggage

A case made of cane for Queen Mentu Hotep of Egypt, 4,200 years ago, was found intact in the queen's crypt and contained cosmetic jars that still maintained their fragrance.




One Of The Earliest Warplanes.

A 100 h.p. Argus flown by Lieut. Radul Milhoff of the Bulgarian Army dropped two 3-pound bombs on a Turkish railroad station on October 17, 1912.
The plane crashed in a storm 8 days later.




Jacques Clement was slain immediately after he assassinated King Henry III of France, then his corpse was tried, convicted, and sentenced to be torn apart by 4 horses. His remains were burned and the ashes thrown into the river so every trace of him would be expunged. August 1589




The Castle of Cilli in Austria which guarded the area for centuries against invaders was sold in 1870 to a farmer for $10.
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Old 11-24-2017, 01:05 PM
 
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I love fascinating history
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Old 11-24-2017, 05:11 PM
 
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Legendary Bandits




Ishikawa Goemon (1558-1594)
He was a Japanese Robin Hood.
They caught him and boiled him alive like a lobster.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ishikawa_Goemon






Virgulino Ferreira da Silva (1897-1938)
Famous Brazilian outlaw
His head was put on display along with others.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lampi%C3%A3o
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Old 11-25-2017, 06:49 AM
 
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The first known appointment of a woman to carry mail in the U.S. was on April 3, 1845, when Postmaster General Cave Johnson appointed Sarah Black to carry the mail for 2 years between the post office in Charlestown, Maryland, and the railroad.




The crucifix in the church of Neidberg, Germany, is adorned with the tools of every trade known at the time of the crucifixion and all the weapons carried by the Roman Guard.




Killers sent to the straits penal settlement of Penang, Malaya, in the 19th century, were branded on the forehead with the word " murder " in both English and Malay.





The world's first web site on August 6, 1991, was a site describing the World Wide Web project.

The World
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Old 11-25-2017, 04:23 PM
 
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Lumley's UFO (1865)

I'm not big on UFOs but what's interesting about this one is the time period and how the newspapers covered it. People just didn't talk about aliens and flying saucers in those days. I wonder if Ulysses S. Grant, Jesse James or Mark Twain read about it and what they thought. It was probably a meteorite, too bad they couldn't bring back some remains.

https://backpackerverse.com/lumleys-ufo/



UFO, UFO Sighting, The James Lumley Case, UFO News of Another Time | <b><i><a href="http://www.educatinghumanity.com">Educating Humanity</a></i></b>
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Old 11-26-2017, 05:16 AM
 
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Robert E Lee, youngest son of General Robert E Lee, joined the Confederate Army at the age of 18 as a private. He was the only son of a commanding general in the Civil War who saw active service in that humble rank.


A furniture factory in Skullbone, Tenn., operated by Grief Buckner early in the 19th century, had all its machinery powered by a mule walking inside a huge wheel.



The Statue of Liberty was originally intended to go to Egypt but they rejected it saying it was too old fashioned.



The Mausoleum Of A Man Who Changed His Mind

John Knill (1733-1811) mayor and customs collector of St. Ives, England, built his own mausoleum in St. Ives, but because his constituents spread rumors that he also was a smuggler, he specified that he be buried in London. His mausoleum remains empty.




Before the eraser was invented people would use pieces of bread to remove pencil marks.



King Enrique II (1834-1379) of Castile was assassinated by a poisoned pair of shoes.



When Apollo 11 landed it had only 25 seconds of remaining fuel.



Fractional currency during the Civil War, also known as shinplasters, were 3 cent, 5 cent, 10 cent, 15 cent, 25 cent and 50 cent paper notes.
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Old 11-27-2017, 04:58 AM
 
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There once was a streetcar on Cherrelyn street in Denver, Colorado, that was pulled by a horse uphill, and on the downhill return trip he rode as a passenger on the car's back platform. That streetcar was discontinued in 1910.




The first Christmas cards were commissioned by Sir Henry Cole and illustrated by John Callcott Horsley in London on May 1, 1843.
2,050 cards were printed that year and sold for a shilling each.




The First Documented Case Where Gold Was Discovered In California

Six years before gold was discovered at Sutter's mill, Francisco Lopez was herding cattle on his niece's ranch in Placerita, Canyon, 35 miles north of Pueblo de Los Angeles and took a nap under an oak tree. When he awoke, he began digging up some wild onions with his knife and noticed chunks of gold clinging to the roots. It was assayed at the Philadelphia Mint at .926 fine gold, worth $19 an ounce.
Despite 175 years of nearby wildfires, the oak tree that he napped under is still there. It is California Historical Landmark No. 168.




Ned Kelly (1854-1880)
Famous Australian Outlaw
He and his gang wore suits of steel armor.
His last words before his air-dance were " Such is life "

Ned Kelly | australia.gov.au



https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ned_Kelly
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Old 11-27-2017, 09:25 PM
 
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The Palace of Mustapha, ruler of Algiers from 1799 to 1806, had locks on every door but they could not be secured from the inside. Mustapha insisted his only enemies were in his own household.




Chief Iron Shirt (1780s?-1858)
Comanche Chief and Grandfather of Quanah Parker.
His victims believed he had supernatural powers because he never went down after being shot. He wore an iron vest into battle which he inherited from his ancestors who took it off an early Spanish explorer.
At the Battle of Little Robe Creek on May 12, 1858, he rode up and down the line taunting the Texas Rangers and the Tonkawas , who were fighting alongside the Rangers. Their small caliber weapons didn't have much effect on his iron vest. Finally Jim Pockmark, a Tonkawa, dropped him with a .58 caliber slug from a buffalo gun. The Rangers tore apart his iron vest for souvenirs. His body was scalped and partially eaten by cannibal Tonkawas.





The Boll Weevil Monument 1919
Enterprise, Alabama
World's first monument built to honor an agricultural pest.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boll_Weevil_Monument
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Old 11-28-2017, 05:30 AM
 
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Fredric Baur, the inventor of the Pringles can, was cremated and buried in a Pringles can.






Karl Huss (1761-1838) an official Austrian hangman, performed his first execution at the age of 15.
When capital punishment was abolished in 1787, Huss was granted a license to practice medicine.




Alexander McGillivray of Dalcrombie, Scotland, who was slain in the Battle of Culloden after having killed 9 enemy soldiers with his sword, had to be buried with his weapon because his hand had become so swollen it could not be withdrawn from the hilt. April 16, 1746.




Play Doh was originally invented as a wallpaper cleaner. 22 years later, it hit shelves as a non-toxic children's toy.




The Great Train Robbery, a 1903 silent western film, is considered the first western. It was filmed in Milltown, New Jersey.
The term "western" used to describe a narrative film genre, appears to have originated with a July 1912 article in Motion Picture World Magazine.



Acoustic Kitty

In the 1960s, the U.S. Government spent more than $20 million dollars and 5 years training cats to spy on the Russians.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acoustic_Kitty
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Old 11-28-2017, 04:52 PM
 
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Miracle Mike (1945-1947)
The headless chicken

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_the_Headless_Chicken




The reason the taste of artificial banana flavored products do not taste like bananas is because it is based on a type of banana that was wiped out by a plague in the 1950s.



All dogs have been banned from Antarctica since April 1994 because of fears they would spread diseases to seals.



Hart Island is the final burial place to over a million of New York City's unclaimed bodies. It is thought to be the largest government sponsored mass grave on earth.



The Boston Marathon didn't allow female runners until 1972, even though some did run in it before that.



Ketchup originated in China during the 17th century as a boiled-down brine of pickled fish and spices called ke-chiap.
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