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Old 12-01-2017, 10:51 AM
 
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The Plutonium Files (by Eileen Welsome)

America's Secret Medical Experiments During The Cold War

Conducted by the United States Atomic Energy Commission, most of the subjects were poor, powerless, and sick. In Massachusetts, 57 developmentally disabled children were fed oatmeal laced with radioactive tracers in an experiment sponsored by MIT and the Quaker Oats Company. In none of these cases were the subjects informed about the nature of the procedures, and thus could not have provided informed consent.



Ebb Cade (1890-1953)
First human injected with plutonium.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ebb_Cade
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Old 12-02-2017, 05:53 AM
 
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Cardinal Richelieu (1585-1642) the French statesman, introduced table knives with rounded tips because dinner guests were using the pointed knives to pick their teeth.




Policemen in medieval England patrolled after dark with a dog carrying a lantern.





Adam Rainer (1899-1950)
The only known human who was both a dwarf and a giant.

https://www.historicmysteries.com/ad...r-dwarf-giant/
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Old 12-02-2017, 01:08 PM
 
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George W Richmann (1711-1753) Swedish physicist employed by the Academy of Sciences in St. Petersburg, Russia, attempted to duplicate Benjamin Franklin's experiments with electricity during a thunderstorm, was killed when a ball of fire leaped from an iron bar and burst against his forehead.




The Cathedral of Etchmiadzyn in Armenia, erected in 303 by King Tiridates and still standing after 1700 years, was the first structure to be topped with a cross.





August Gottfried Knoche (1813-1901)
He made mummies, even he became one.

The mummies of Dr. Knoche » Tripfreakz.com
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Old 12-03-2017, 05:34 AM
 
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The first documented use of toilet paper in human history dates back to the 6th century AD, in early medieval China.





The tombstone of William Isaac Lambert in Nunnehead Cemetery, England, has the deceased's pocket watch encased in it. The timepiece stopped at 18 minutes to 8, the exact hour in which the SS Princess Alice was wrecked on September 3, 1878. Lambert, his wife and his daughter perished in the disaster.





Boone May (1852-1910)
They called him the fastest gun in the Dakotas.
Stagecoach lines hired him as a shotgun messenger because he was good with a gun and liked to pull the trigger. He eventually applied his trade in South America but his fast gun couldn't help him against yellow fever.

https://www.legendsofamerica.com/we-boonemay/
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Old 12-03-2017, 03:00 PM
 
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Among the most absurd battles ever fought, Cahuenga Pass challenges for the top spot.

In 1831 California was still a Mexican province, albeit one which tended to ignore the central Mexico City government, which in turn was basically ignoring California. The governor was Manuel Victoria who felt that he could rule like a monarch. This annoyed the wealthier citizens of Alta California who got up a petition asking for democratic reforms. Governor Victoria responded by calling them traitors and ordering their arrests and executions.

Rallying around the previous governor, Jose Maria de Echeandia, the rebels formed an army, marched into the capitol, Los Angeles, and declared a new government with Echeandia as the head. Victoria fled, gathered an army to retake Los Angeles, and the two forces met at Cahuenga Pass.

Most of the participants on both sides were friends or related to one another, and unenthusiastic about the idea of combat. Victoria ordered his troops to fire a volley at the rebels, but they elected to discharge their muskets in the air. The rebels politely replied with an air directed volley of their own. Charges were ordered, but no one on either side budged. They stood there facing each other in the sun, doing nothing.

Suddenly Captain Jose Pacheco of Victoria's army had enough of this cowardly behavior, called for a charge and dashed out toward the enemy. No one followed. He stopped halfway between the armies when he realized he was alone. Taking this as a challenge to single combat, Jose Maria Avila of the rebel forces rode out alone to meet him. The combatants charged at one another several times and on the third pass, Pacheco knocked Avila's lance from his arms. Avila was angered by this, drew his pistol and shot Pacheco dead. Avila was at once mortified by what he had done, and he remained by himself between the lines. Governor Victoria rode out as though to talk with him, but instead shot Avila to death. This angered a Captain Portilla of the rebels, and he rode out and put his lance through Victoria's face, wounding him severely.

At this, both sides broke off the battle and retired.

Victoria's wound was sufficient to force his resignation from office. He was replaced by the previous governor, Echeandia.
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Old 12-03-2017, 06:02 PM
 
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^^^^^ Interesting way to fight a war. Just sit back and watch the leaders slug it out.
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Old 12-04-2017, 04:50 AM
 
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In 1920, candy maker Harry Burt of Youngstown, Ohio, developed frozen ice cream on a stick and called it Good Humor. To promote his creation, he used a dozen trucks driven by drivers in white uniforms to sell his ice cream bars.




Paper money with a face value up to $5 was printed during the French Revolution on the backs of playing cards.






Roy Sullivan was a former park ranger in Shenandoah National Park in Virginia. He holds the Guinness world record for being struck by lightning more than any other person in history. From 1942 to 1977 he was struck 7 times.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roy_Sullivan
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Old 12-04-2017, 06:42 AM
 
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The Strange Tomb of Har Prashad Muhammed

The ruler of Farrukhabad, India, buried an enemy alive in a wall of his palace. Every other part of the castle has since collapsed, the bastion that served as a tomb has endured for 290 years.




The first Egyptian flag depicted a replica of the Pharaoh's liver. The Egyptians believed it was the repository of all his wisdom.





Rodney Marks (1968-2000)
First murder at the South Pole ?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rodney_Marks
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Old 12-05-2017, 05:41 AM
 
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The man who blackmailed a king

Charles de Morande (1748-1803) a French writer residing in England, threatened to publish a libelous biography of Madame Du Barry, forced King Louis XV of France to pay him $20,000 in cash and an annual pension of $4,000 which he collected for 19 years.




The commoner who snubbed an emperor

August Scherl (1849-1921) German newspaper publisher refused to see the Kaiser at his office in 1908 because the monarch had not made an appointment.




The first dictionary was a bilingual tablet found in the ruins of the library of Ras Shamra, Syria.
It was used by young priests 3000 years ago, its words appear in Babylonian and Ugarit.
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Old 12-05-2017, 12:48 PM
 
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Charles Sauvageot (1781-1860)
Famed French violinist who donated his art collection to the Louvre and in return was given the privilege of living the last 31 years of his life in the museum.





Ignace Pleyel (1757-1831)
Celebrated Parisian composer who was sentenced to death in the French Revolution but was pardoned after he wrote a musical play glorifying the revolution in 8 days.






The Tonkawa Massacre
October 23, 1862
A lesser known event during the Civil War.

The Tonkawa Massacre




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