Category Archives: History

Strange Addresses And The Ingenuity Of Postmen

My previous post titled An Ingenious Postman told an anecdote of a resourceful postman who was able to deliver a letter despite the ambiguity of the address. This post includes several more instances in which a postman was able to successfully deliver … Continue reading

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Gleanings From The Past #24

You are Getting Sleepy… Very Sleepy The sound of water dropping slowly and steadily into a pan occupies and quiets the brain. This is the principle on which we are told to count sheep going over a fence, and do any … Continue reading

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Gleanings From The Past #22

Weather Forecast A Massachusetts paper says that Isaiah Thomas, the almanac-maker, when preparing the ‘annual’ of 1780, being asked by one of his boys what he should put in opposite July 13th, for weather predictions (a date overlooked), he replied … Continue reading

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Triskaidekaphobia And Friday The 13th And A Death Prediction, Oh My!

Today is Friday the 13th. Some people believe that unlucky things happen during this day while others find this belief absurd. But whether you believe in the unluckiness Friday the 13th or not, I hope that you are having a … Continue reading

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Gleanings From The Past #19

European Cultivation To the ancient Persians, Europe is indebted for almost all the fruits she possesses. What more certain proof of civilization and antiquity, than the culture of the products of the earth? Virgil, and other ancient writers, inform us … Continue reading

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Fidel Castro’s Letter To Roosevelt: My Good Friend Roosevelt…

In November 1940, a young Fidel Castro wrote a rather cheeky and amusing letter to the then US president Franklin Roosevelt. In the letter, Castro asked Roosevelt for some money — a $10 bill. He even told Roosevelt about Cuba’s largest … Continue reading

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Thomas Jefferson’s first draft of the United States Declaration of Independence had a passage condemning the slave trade:

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