A British woman named Dorothy Eady hit her head as a kid in 1907, woke up and was convinced she was a reincarnated Egyptian priestess and somehow knew the location of objects in Egypt that had not been discovered yet; eventually moving to Egypt and studying as much as she could.
In 1911, a House Member introduced a resolution to abolish the Senate because it “has become an obstructive and useless body, a menace to the liberties of the people, and an obstacle to social growth;” His proposal died silently in committee.
A museum says they gave an artist $84,000 in cash to use in artwork. He delivered blank canvases and titled them “Take the Money and Run.”
75% of people enrolled in the Cherokee Nation have less than 25% Cherokee ancestry. Bill Baker, the former Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation, was found to only have 3% Cherokee ancestry.
About 372 million people receive artificially-fluoridated water in about 24 countries, including Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Ireland, Malaysia, the U.S., and Vietnam. Fluoridation is rare in Europe, with 97–98% choosing not to fluoridated drinking water.
The Danish protest pig is a rare breed of pigs originating in Denmark. In the 19th century, Prussians prohibited the use of the Danish flag so the farmers started to create a new breed that resembles their flag. The red-white pigs quickly became a symbol of Danish cultural independence.
In 1989, the American Homecoming Act helped children born from U.S soldiers in Vietnam come to the U.S with their families. They based this only on the child’s appearance. About 23,000 Amerasians and 67,000 of their relatives entered the United States under this act. It was controversial since it didn’t apply to the kids of U.S soldiers in other countries.
Stalin struggled with depression and summoned renowned Russian psychiatrist Vladimir Bekhterev to examine him. After the examination Bekhterev said only one word – “paranoiac”. He died on the very next day from what most believed was poisoning.
President Nixon ordered the Secret Service guarding the White House to have fancy uniforms similar to what palace guards wear in other countries. Revealed in 1970, almost no one liked the new uniforms, including the US Secret Service agents. The uniforms were sold to an Iowa Marching Band.
Lady Lucy Houston was a British philanthropist who, after WWI, recognized the need for a strong Air Force. When the British government refused, she funded development of what became the Spitfire. She passed before WWII, and never saw how much that investment paid off.