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  • 2). The Popsicle - A Brief Overview  By : Scott Byers
    The Popsicle, referring to a frozen treat made of ice and flavoring on a stick, is the common name in the United States and Canada. If you were in England or other British territories, you would ask for an Ice-lolly. In Australia, it is referred to the icy pole when ordered. The first Popsicle was created in 1905 by accident. Frank Epperson, 11 years old at the time, left a glass of soda powder and water outside with a mixing stick in it.
    article related to: ice cream, popsicle, food, treat, summer, candy

  • 4). Moon as the Earliest Calendar  By : timeemits
    Moon as the Earliest Calendar give readers of the Holy Bible information recorded in ancient times. Lunar/solar calendars were common throughout the ancient world. Three calendar systems that help our study of Bible times are the Jewish, Mesoamerican and the Egyptian calendars. Changes in the appearance of the moon at night provide the seven-day week. Time steps in the lunar/solar calendar accumulate for longer time cycles.
    article related to: timeemits, moon, holy, bible, ancient, lunar, solar, calendars, jewish, creation, old testament

  • 5). Chavez's Inspiration - Simon Bolivar  By : Sam Vaknin
    Simon Bolivar (1783-1830) is a Latin American folk hero, revered for having been a revolutionary freedom fighter, a compassionate egalitarian and a successful politician. He is credited with the liberation from Spanish colonial yoke of Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia, a country named after him. Venezuela's new strongman, Hugo Chavez, renamed his country The Bolivarian republic of Venezuela to reflect the role of his "Bolivarian revolution".


  • 6). Slavery in the USA  By : Sam Vaknin
    Spanish settlements in the territory of the current-day USA owned slaves as early as 1526. Twenty one African chattel slaves were first brought to British North America ( to Jamestown, Virginia) in 1619. They joined white indentured laborers (servants) from all over Europe as well as Indian (Native-American) and Caribbean slaves. All the colonies legalized race-based (black) slavery and introduced "slave codes" by 1670.


  • 7). The Story of the Guillotine  By : Sam Vaknin
    The guillotine was first put to lethal use on April 25, 1792, at 3:30 PM, in Paris at the Place de Greve on the Right Bank of the Seine. It separated highwayman Nicolas Jacques Pelletier's head from the rest of his body. The device was perfected - though not invented- by Doctor Joseph Ignace Guillotin (1738 - 1814). The 'e' at the end of the noun is a later, British, addition.


  • 10). History of Olmec Civilisation  By : blott
    A History of Olmec Civilization. The first relatively modern awakening to the existance of the Olmecs was when plantation workers in 1862 came upon hat they thought was a large, buried, iron kettle. Upon further excavation, and driven by thoughts of buried treasure, they finally excavated a huge stone carved head, which turned out to be the first Olmec sculpture to be discovered in Mexico.
    article related to: olmecs, olmec civilisation, olmec art, olmec jaguar, mesoamerica

  • 11). Another Look at Mahatma Gandhi  By : Sam Vaknin
    Many myths abound about Gandhi, Mohandas Karamchand known as Mahatma "Great Souled") Gandhi (1869-1948). He was not born to a poor Indian family. His father was dewan (chief minister) of Porbandar, the capital of a small principality in Gujarat in western India under British suzerainty. He later became dewan of Rajkot. He married at the age of 13 and was a mediocre student.


  • 14). A Brief History Of Seiko Watches  By : Peter Bishop
    Watches are classic. They are an essential part of every wardrobe, but they must also possess style and functionality to the wearer. For years, watches have been extremely popular gift ideas while remaining a constant self-indulging accessory.
    article related to: watches, seiko, chronograph

  • 15). The Fountain of Hooey: Ponce de Leon in Florida  By : dave4
    It probably won’t come as a surprise to too many people nowadays that the Spanish Conquistador Juan Ponce de Leon was not, in fact, really looking for a genuine fountain of youth on his explorations in Florida. This myth was most likely born in the 1560’s after Ponce’s death. The grain of truth that supposedly sits at the center of every tall tail may have to do with his metaphorical search for rebirth in finding new glories in the New World in the form of resources and wealth.
    article related to: fountain of youth, ponce de leon, christopher columbus, old san juan

  • 17). The Building of the Pentagon  By : Sam Vaknin
    The Pentagon was completed in 16 months. It was built on a swamp and on the area of the old Washington airport. Trucks hauled some 5.5 million cubic yards (4.2 million cubic meters) of junk and soil and dumped it in the marshes. The building's foundation rests on 41,492 concrete piles. The purchase of land cost $2.25 million (in 1943 dollars). The building itself cost c.


  • 18). Bizarre Flag Facts – Q & As  By : nan
    Test your Patriotic Knowlege of the American Flag: Question: Is it ok to fly the American Flag upside down? Answer: The flag should never be displayed with the union down, except as a signal of dire distress in instances of extreme danger to life or property. Question: My flag was accidentally dropped and got dirty. Does it have to be destroyed? Answer: The flag should never be allowed touch the ground, the floor or water.
    article related to: flag hanger, rebel flag, flag display case

  • 23). The First Serial Killer - Ed Gein  By : Sam Vaknin
    Ed Gein is also known as The Butcher of Plainfield, The Plainfield Butcher, The Mad Butcher, The Plainfield Ghoul. A serial killer who served as the inspiration to numerous films, among them Psycho, The Silence of the Lambs, Maniac, Three on a Meathook, Deranged, Ed Gein, The Movie, and the Texas Chainsaw Massacre. He was born on August 27, 1906 in La Crosse, Wisconsin and lived with his domineering and fanatically religious mother, Augusta, and his older brother, Henry, on a 195-acres family homestead outside Plainfield, Wisconsin.


  • 24). The First September 11  By : Sam Vaknin
    September 11, 2001 was not the first time an airplane crashed into a skyscraper. Actually, such tragedies are more common than is thought. On July 28, 1945, for instance, a U.S. Army B-25 bomber traveling at 200 miles (c. 370 kilometers) per hour in heavy fog crashed into the Empire State Building in New York City. Luckily it was a Saturday, though dozens were injured and 14 killed.


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