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The Second Pope: St. Linus, Ladies’ Heads, and Massacring Early Christians

The Second Pope: St. Linus, Ladies’ Heads, and Massacring Early Christians

Melissa October 20, 2014 0

In the 1st century AD, while his flock was suffering from the sadistic persecutions of the Roman Emperor Nero, the second pope, Linus, put as his top priority, at least as far as we

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Al Jolson- Misunderstood Hero or Villain?

Al Jolson- Misunderstood Hero or Villain?

Eddie Deezen October 9, 2014 2

Ask most movie fans, “What was the first ‘talkie’?” The most frequent reply tends to be “The Jazz Singer” starring Al Jolson. This is a “sort of” correct answer, but not really. The earliest

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The Timely Death of Kodak Founder George Eastman

The Timely Death of Kodak Founder George Eastman

Matt Blitz October 3, 2014 1

It was March 14, 1932 when George Eastman, famed inventor, philanthropist, and founder of Eastman Kodak, invited a few loyal friends over to witness the rewriting of his will. He had made the decision

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The Amazing Molly Schuyler

The Amazing Molly Schuyler

Melissa September 12, 2014 1

Big appetites can come in small packages. Case in point: 5′ 7″ and 125 pound Molly Schuyler, who lives with her husband and four kids (ages 5, 6, 7 and 10) in Bellevue, Nebraska.

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Falling on Grenades: The Indestructible Jacklyn H. Lucas

Falling on Grenades: The Indestructible Jacklyn H. Lucas

Melissa September 1, 2014 7

Would you fall on a grenade to save your friends? How about two grenades? Jack H. Lucas did and became the youngest man to be awarded the U.S. Medal of Honor, the United States’

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Who was the Woman in the Famous Great Depression Photograph?

Who was the Woman in the Famous Great Depression Photograph?

Sarah Stone August 26, 2014 0

Melissa K. asks: The other day you had an article about the Great Depression with that famous picture of the impoverished mother and her kids. Who was she and what ever happened to her?

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The Cornell Professor Who Gave Us the Chicken Nugget

The Cornell Professor Who Gave Us the Chicken Nugget

Matt Blitz August 19, 2014 2

Chicken nuggets are delicious. I know this isn’t a particularly controversial statement. Despite pink slime, chemical preservatives, and sometimes questionable nutritional value, it’s hard to argue the basic point that these deep-fried, previously frozen,

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The Circular Saw and a Shaker Woman

The Circular Saw and a Shaker Woman

Emily Upton August 8, 2014 0

Tabitha Babbitt was a quiet weaver living in a Shaker community in Massachusetts. The community thrived on the forestry industry, and she would observe men hard at work sawing logs. In 1810, she thought

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How One of the Most Beautiful Women in 1940s’ Hollywood Helped Make Certain Wireless Technologies Possible

How One of the Most Beautiful Women in 1940s’ Hollywood Helped Make Certain Wireless Technologies Possible

Jeremy Megraw August 8, 2014 0

Did an exotic actress from Vienna, considered one of the most beautiful women in Hollywood in the 1940s, really invent wireless? Not exactly, but the non-sensationalized facts of the matter are no less fascinating,

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The Mysterious Disappearance of Sister Aimee Semple McPherson

The Mysterious Disappearance of Sister Aimee Semple McPherson

Matt Blitz August 5, 2014 4

On May 18, 1926, Aimee Semple McPherson went for a swim in the Pacific Ocean at Venice Beach. An avid swimmer, Aimee loved to escape from her temple in Echo Park for a quick

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The First Female Presidential Candidate

The First Female Presidential Candidate

Melissa July 28, 2014 1

On January 27, 1964, then three-term Senator Margaret Chase Smith put the first crack in the “hardest, highest glass ceiling” when she announced her candidacy for the Republican nomination for President of the United

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A 17 Year Old Girl Survived a 2 Mile Fall Without a Parachute, then Trekked Alone 10 Days Through the Peruvian Rainforest

A 17 Year Old Girl Survived a 2 Mile Fall Without a Parachute, then Trekked Alone 10 Days Through the Peruvian Rainforest

Scott July 25, 2014 0

Today I found out that a 17 year old girl survived a 2 mile fall from a plane without a parachute, then trekked alone 10 days through the Peruvian rainforest. On Christmas Eve, 1971,

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The “Witch of Wall Street”

The “Witch of Wall Street”

Daven Hiskey July 14, 2014 3

Long before the likes of Warren Buffet, Hetty Green dominated Wall Street through extremely shrewd investing, frugality, and exploiting the lax investment rules of her age, managing to amass one of the greatest fortunes

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The Remarkable Nellie Bly and Her Adventure in a Mad-House

The Remarkable Nellie Bly and Her Adventure in a Mad-House

Emily Upton July 8, 2014 0

Today I found out about Nellie Bly, the woman who purposefully got herself committed to a notorious insane asylum so that she could report on what actually went on inside. Born Elizabeth Jane Cochran

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The Disappearance of the Prime Minister of Australia

The Disappearance of the Prime Minister of Australia

Melissa July 7, 2014 1

On Sunday, December 17, 1967, the Prime Minister of what was then the 9th wealthiest nation on Earth disappeared off of the coast of Cheviot Beach, Portsea, Victoria in the southeast of Australia. Harold

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The Curious Case of “The Spark Ranger”

The Curious Case of “The Spark Ranger”

Matt Blitz June 5, 2014 2

Roy Sullivan was born 1912 in Greene County in central Virginia, today home to just a shade over eighteen thousand people. He was the fourth of eleven children and lived in the Blue Ridge

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The Man Who Captured Four Armed German Soldiers With an Empty Gun

The Man Who Captured Four Armed German Soldiers With an Empty Gun

Karl Smallwood May 20, 2014 2

Very little is known about Lance-Corporal James Welch prior to his actions during WWI. However, we do know some basic details.  According to Welch’s grave in Bournemouth crematorium, he was born in 1889 on

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Roger Ebert’s Other, Less Respectable Movie Job

Roger Ebert’s Other, Less Respectable Movie Job

Staci Lehman May 8, 2014 1

Today I found out about Roger Ebert’s somewhat lesser known movie-related job, making X-rated films. Ebert got his start in the public sector at the age of 15 reporting on high school sports for

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