The man who wrote the documents of surrender signed by Confederate general Robert E. Lee at Appomattox Courthouse on this day in 1865 was a Seneca Indian named Ely Parker (born Hasanoanda). Upon meeting him Lee extended his hand and said, “I am glad to see one real American here.”
When the first settlers arrived, oysters were so numerous in the Chesapeake Bay that they were able to filter the whole bay about once a week. Their current numbers are less then 1% of what they were at that time.
King Gustav III of Sweden commissioned an experiment to prove coffee was poisonous. Overseen by two doctors, a prisoner was forced to drink three pots of coffee a day until he died. Both doctors and the King died before the prisoner.
Danish parents leave their kids on the curb while they go shopping, as they believe the fresh air is essential for health and development.
Thomas Jefferson argued that because no generation has a right to bind subsequent generations, the Constitution should expire every 19 years.
Men are more likely to be overweight than women, but women are more likely to be severely obese than men.
In 1944 a sixteen-year-old black student in Columbus, Ohio, won an essay contest on the theme ‘What to Do with Hitler after the War’ by submitting the single sentence, “Put him in a black skin and let him live the rest of his life in America.”