State of Franklin
Posted by ashley @ 11:12 am on July 17th
Eight counties of western North Carolina (and now part of Tennessee) broke off from that state in the late 1780s and formed the abortive State of Franklin. Efforts to obtain admission to the Union failed, and the counties had re-joined North Carolina by 1790.
Posted by ashley @ 11:53 am on July 16th
There is a university called the Hamburger University. Its basically the McDonald’s center of training excellence based in Elk Grove Village, Illinois. Approximately 5,000 attend it every year and since its inception in 1961, 80,000 people have graduated from the Hamburger university!
First video by a black artist to be on air on MTV
Posted by ashley @ 11:46 am on July 15th
Posted by ashley @ 11:56 am on July 14th
Burt Baskin and Irv Robbins, founders of the famous “Baskin-Robbins” Ice cream parlor chain, were both linked to die of high consumption of ice cream over their lifetime!
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burt_Baskin http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irvine_Robbins
Posted by ashley @ 11:45 am on July 13th
In 1830, the average American consumed 1.7 bottles of hard liquor per week, three times the amount currently consumed in 2010.
Did Native Americans cut off the noses of adulterous wives?
Posted by ashley @ 11:32 am on July 12th
The earliest mention found of a Native American women having their noses cut off for adultery is in a memoir by Alexander Maximilian, a Prussian prince, naturalist, and ethnographer who explored the Great Plains in the 1830s. He said this about the men of the Blackfeet tribe: “They generally punish infidelity in their wives very seriously, cutting off their noses in such cases; and we saw, about Fort McKenzie, a great many of these poor creatures horribly disfigured. When ten or twelve tents were together, we were sure to see six or seven women mutilated in this manner. The husband also cuts off the hair by way of punishment.” Repudiated by her mate, the mutilated woman was no longer marriageable and ended her days laboring for other households — perhaps counting herself lucky she hadn’t been killed outright, as sometimes occurred.
Posted by ashley @ 11:22 am on July 11th
The nitroglycerin in the pills, patches, and sprays that heart patients use for angina (chest pain) is in fact the same stuff you find in dynamite. The medicinal dose is tiny and diluted with inert material, so it’s completely nonexplosive.