Floriography is the art of sending a message via a bouquet of flowers. There have been many flowers with many interpretations throughout history, but some popular meanings in Victorian England included yellow roses (friendship), daffodils (unrequited love) and basil (I hate you).
Adolphe Sax, the inventor of the saxophone was especially accident-prone. As a boy, he swallowed a needle, fell down a flight of stairs, got hit on the head by a brick, fell on a hot stove, and accidentally drank sulphuric acid.
Among the many bizarre requests received by Virgin Atlantic flight attendants were: “Could you turn the engines down because they are too noisy?”; “Please can the Captain stop the turbulence?”; “Can you take my children to the playroom?”; and “Is there a McDonald’s onboard?”
Bogs are Ireland’s original refrigerators. And they are pretty good—even 3,000-year-old bog butter is edible. We know this because archeologists tended to eat it. The secret is the anaerobic nature of the bog. Without oxygen, neither the butter nor its wooden container decomposes.
During the US prohibition era, medicinal liquor was fraudulently exploited in many scams, one doctor cited for writing 475 prescriptions for whiskey in one day. Charles R. Walgreen, the founder of Walgreen’s pharmacies expanded from 20 stores to a staggering 525 during the 1920s.
Mafia boss Lucky Luciano’s “favorite assassin”, “Red” Levine, an Orthodox Jew never planned to murder from Friday sundown to Saturday sundown. If he had to make the hit on Shabbat, he would first put on a prayer shawl, say his prayers, and then do the job.
When the Australian film The Story of the Kelly Gang (the first-ever full length narrative feature film) was released in 1906, the screenings of the silent film were accompanied by live sound effects, including blank cartridges as gunshots and coconut shells beaten together to simulate hoofbeats.
During the battle of Fort Washington, when her husband fell in action, Margaret Corbin took control of the cannon and fired well aimed shots at the enemy before being seriously wounded. She later became the first woman in U.S. history to receive a pension from Congress for military service.
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