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Portrait of Charles aged 22. After François Clouet (<a href=https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/>CC0</a>)
Portrait of Charles aged 22. After François Clouet (CC0)
Because he (and his domineering mother, Catherine de Medicis) believed that money-purses and pouches could be used to conceal knives and other weapons, Charles IX of France passed a law banning their manufacture. This decision quickly gave rise to considerable annoyance—and to the development of tailor-made pockets.
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New Haven, Connecticut
From Wikipedia: George Spencer is described as an ugly, balding servant with a glass eye. He is believed to have lived for a time in Boston and while there was found guilty of receiving stolen goods. His punishment was a flogging. He then moved to the New Haven Colony, and continued to be a "habitual troublemaker". He was open about his lack of faith, never praying in the years of being in Connecticut and only reading the Bible when forced to by his master. When a sow gave birth to a malformed, one-eyed piglet it was considered a manifestation of God's proof of Spencer's sins. Spencer was arrested, and the Puritan authorities deemed the birth a work of God. ...
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Andy Hertzfeld, a member of the original Apple Macintosh development team in the 1980s: When Steve Jobs recruited Microsoft to be the first third party applications software developer for the Macintosh, he was already concerned that they might try to copy our ideas into a PC-based user interface. As a condition of getting an early start at Macintosh development, Steve made Microsoft promise not to ship any software that used a mouse until at least one year after the first shipment of the Macintosh. Microsoft's main systems programmer assigned to the Mac project was Neil Konzen, a brilliant young Apple II hacker who grew up in their backyard in the suburbs of Seattle. Neil started working at Microsoft while ...
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Speaking about America's relations with Italy in October 2019, U.S. President Donald Trump made a host of errors, which left the White House's Italian translator looking utterly bewildered. Among other gaffes, Trump called Italian head of state Sergio Mattarella "President Mozzarella" and claimed that America and Italy had been allies since Ancient Rome. The look of the White House Italian translator as Trump says President Mozzarella for the Italian President and says U.S. and Italy have been allies since Ancient Rome. pic.twitter.com/4c4kTl1wl3— Teymour (@Teymour_Ashkan) October 17, 2019
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Woods demonstrates the "Rose Mary Stretch" <a href=https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/>(CC BY-SA 3.0)</a>
Woods demonstrates the "Rose Mary Stretch" (CC BY-SA 3.0)
Tim Reid (London Times): One of the great political mysteries is what was said by President Nixon during a suspicious 18-minute gap on the Watergate tapes. The missing section of a 79-minute conversation between Mr Nixon and his Chief of Staff, H. R. "Bob" Haldeman, was erased deliberately. It recorded a meeting on June 20, 1972, three days after operatives connected to the White House broke into the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee in the Watergate complex—a burglary that caused the scandal that destroyed Mr Nixon's presidency. The discovery of the gap was an explosive development during the Watergate investigations, convincing many that Mr Nixon or his aides had erased that portion of the tape because it incriminated the ...
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Columbus, Georgia
From Wikipedia: In April 1865, Dr. John Pemberton sustained a saber wound to the chest during the Battle of Columbus. He soon became addicted to the morphine used to ease his pain. In 1866, seeking a cure for his addiction, he began to experiment with painkillers that would serve as morphine-free alternatives to morphine. His first recipe was "Dr. Tuggle's Compound Syrup of Globe Flower", in which the active ingredient was derived from the buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis), a toxic plant that is common in Alaska. He next began experimenting with coca and coca wines, eventually creating a recipe that contained extracts of kola nut and damiana, which he called Pemberton's French Wine Coca. According to Coca-Cola historian Phil Mooney, Pemberton's ...
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Daguerreotype. Credit: Hermann Biow (Public domain)
Daguerreotype. Credit: Hermann Biow (Public domain)
From the Telegraph: Das Deutsche Worterbuch or German Dictionary probably boasts the slowest publishing history of any book. Started by the Brothers Grimm (of fairy tale fame) in 1838, its 35 volumes weren't completed for another 123 years, in 1961. Having conceived it as a 10-year, six-volume project, the last surviving brother, Jacob, died halfway through the entry for "fruit" in 1864. * The Oxford English Dictionary looks speedy in comparison. Like the Grimms, its editor James Murray originally planned it as a 10-year project. He started work in 1879; five years later his team had only got as far as "ant". The 12-volume first edition was published in 1928 (Murray had died in 1915), and the 20-volume second edition ...
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The opening screen of Atari's Adventure game
The opening screen of Atari's Adventure game
In 1980, Atari employee Warren Robinette made video game history by slipping the world's first "Easter Egg" (or cheat) into a game without telling his superiors. "Robinette was fed up with Atari shafting their game designers," Digital Business executive editor Joe Funk recalled. "The suits thought that they could keep their talent by hiding it, and rationalized the screw job by saying that giving credit to them would dilute Atari's name." Robinette got his revenge by inserting a secret credit list in a Atari 2600 game ("Adventure") which could be displayed only by carrying a single dot through a secret wall in a castle.  As Wikipedia notes:  Robinett kept the secret for more than one year, even from all Atari ...
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Avempace (<a href=https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/>CC0</a>)
Avempace (CC0)
The Muslim governor of Saragossa was so delighted by the poet Avempace's verses that he promised the young scholar that he would soon walk on gold in his presence. Avempace, fearful that the governor would regret his extravagant vow and seek retribution, hatched an ingenious solution: He simply sewed small pieces of gold into each of his shoes, thereby ensuring that the governor's oath could be kept at no expense to himself.
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From druglibrary.org: Federal drug enforcement officials have tried to support this myth [that marijuana is a gateway drug] with the idea that most heroin addicts started with marijuana. In 1970, the Canadian Government did their largest study ever of the subject, and found no connection between marijuana and heroin. In 1972, the US Government did their largest study ever of the subject, and found no connection between marijuana and heroin. This was also the conclusion of the largest study ever done by Consumers Union, published the same year. The real reason that hemp is illegal is nothing less than lunacy. Marijuana (including industrial hemp) was originally outlawed because "All Mexicans are crazy and marijuana is what makes them crazy." Dr. ...