To demonstrate the sharpness of stone tools, Archaeologist Dr. Adrien Hannus elected to have major surgery done with obsidian blades rather than surgical steel scalpels. Obsidian is the sharpest substance known to mankind.
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.”
A Chicago couple won $30 million in the state lottery and didn’t tell anyone. Not even their kids.
The Dalai Lama eats meat, for health reasons and out of respect for his hosts on his travels.
People in the other states use the phrase “Thank God for Mississippi” when referring to embarrassing statewide statistics.
Two baby girls were switched at birth in 1931 at the Leiden University Medical Center. Suspicions didn’t rise until two decades later, when the girls met at a wedding and wondered at their mutual likeness to each other’s family.
An Electrical Engineer once named his five children Electron, Positron, Neutron, Deutron and Proton. One of those children is Doctor Electron Kebebew who is a leading cancer researcher and top earning civil-servant in the US.
Teddy Roosevelt was an avid boxer and became the first American ever to receive a brown belt in Judo. He lined the White House basement with training mats and sparred with anyone that was willing including boxing champion John Sullivan, his wife, and a Swiss minister.
Due to a clerical error, the state of Missouri assumed that a man named Mike Anderson was in prison, serving his 13-year sentence for armed robbery. It’s only when they began preparing for his release did they realize that law-enforcement had forgotten to take him to jail.