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    Fascinating Facts

    Well let's call them facts even though some may be a little less than factual. Perhaps they were thought to be so at one time. Factoids, people from history and odd miscellanea you will find here. Something to cause wonder or at least amusement. @lindyasimus on Twitter


    Fascinating Facts

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    Mother pushing a perambulator specially made in case of gas attack. There's a ventilator and a window to see through.

    *Great* WW2 Site: Skylighters Website of the 225th Battalion

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    Bubonic plague wax sculpture, by artist Eleanor Crook #Plague

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    history of japan

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    A small 2009 car demolishes a 1959 Chevy in a crash test

    2009 Chevy Malibu vs 1959 Bel Air Crash Test | Consumer Reports

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    An Australian gun lover debunks some myths

    What it's Like to Own Guns in a Country with Strict Gun Control

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    US lab to sequence DNA from John Lennon's tooth | Dental Tribune International

    US lab to sequence DNA from John Lennon's tooth

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    Dentist purchases Elvis Presley’s dental crown | Dental Tribune International

    Dentist purchases Elvis Presley’s dental crown

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    Migration flows across the world

    A visualization of migration flows

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    Chiara Vigo – The World’s Last “Sea Silk” Seamstress By Sumitra on September 11th, 2015 Category: News The ancient Italian art of spinning ‘sea silk’ is all but lost, save for one woman who still knows how to produce the incredibly rare, almost magical fabric. While modern silk is spun from silkworms, Chiara Vigo can harvest the saliva of a rare variety of clam and spin it into a shiny, gold-like material called byssus.

    Chiara Vigo - The World's Last Sea Silk Seamstress | Oddity Central - Collecting Oddities

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    Artificial limbs from 1900 were decades ahead of their time mashable.com/...

    Artificial limbs from 1900 were decades ahead of their time

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    Artificial limbs from 1900 were decades ahead of their time

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    Oiran (花魁) - Oiran were the highest class of courtesans in Edo (now known as Tokyo). An oiran was valued not only for her beauty and charm, but also her wit, knowledge, and skill in traditional Japanese arts.

    japanska - fromthefloatingworld: Oiran (花魁) Oiran were the...

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    8 Things You Didn’t Know About Nikola Tesla } Publicity photo of Nikola Tesla sitting in his laboratory in Colorado Springs in December 1899

    8 Things You Didn't Know About Nikola Tesla

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    THE GARIMA GOSPELS -- Possibly The Earliest Illustrated Christian Manuscript -- Discovered in a remote Ethiopian monastery. Previously assumed to date from about 1100 CE. New radiocarbon dating conducted in Oxford suggests they were made between 330-650 CE. They may transform our knowledge about the development of illuminated manuscripts throw new light on the spread of Christianity into sub-Saharan Africa. Preserved in an isolated monastery, set among mountains at 7,000 feet.

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    in the early 1950s programs were started to issue dog-tags to children. There was concern that in the event of a surprise atomic attack it would be difficult to identify the millions of children killed while at school.

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    Pasqual Penon, the man with 2 heads, born in Mexico 1862.

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    Chiune Sugihara. This man saved 6000 Jews. He was a Japanese diplomat in Lithuania. When the Nazis began rounding up Jews, Sugihara risked his life to start issuing unlawful travel visas to Jews. He hand-wrote them 18 hrs a day. The day his consulate closed and he had to evacuate, witnesses claim he was STILL writing visas and throwing from the train as he pulled away. He saved 6000 lives. The world didn't know what he'd done until Israel honored him in 1985, the year before he died.

    10 People Who Saved Jews During World War Two - Listverse

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    Interesting family story of momento mori. The photo on the left is the bloggers maternal great-grandfather, George. George had a twin sister that died in infancy. No photo was taken of her so to remedy that, they dressed George as a girl (which he looks pretty unhappy about) so they could ostensibly have a photo of the deceased daughter too.

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    Alexandria’s Genesis, also known as ”violet eyes” (a mutation). When someone is born with Alexandria’s Genesis, his eyes are blue or gray at birth.After six months, the eyes begin to change their original color to purple, and it lasts six months. During puberty, the color deepens to dark purple, a purple color, a royal purple, or blue-violet and remains so. It does not affect a person’s vision. Women that are born with this genetic mutation do not menstruate.

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    One of the Blue Fugates of Kentucky, a recessive genetic disorder (propagated in the area because of close relations marrying) causes them to be decidedly blue.

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    Ella Ewing - Missouri Giantess, reportedly stood 8 feet 4 1/2 inches tall. c. 1902

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    Chastity Belts: The first real chastity belts weren’t created until the 1800s, and they weren’t for keeping women from straying sexually. The first chastity belts appear to have been crude devices designed to keep boys and girls from masturbating and later for keeping women from being raped/molested once they entered the workforce.

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    Annie Catherine Couts "I thank you for buying my picture. My name is Annie Catherine Couts and my home is Nashville, Tennessee. I was born in Springfield, Tennessee October 10, 1931. I have one sister. I am 16" tall sitting erect. I have completed nine grades in school. I have been afflicted all my life and have traveled in 35 states. I have been playing the organ for 20 years. Thanks again for buying my picture."

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    Civil War veteran Samuel Decker built his own prosthetics after losing his arms in combat. Date unknown.

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    African slaves were very expensive (50 Sterling). Irish slaves were cheap (no more than 5 Sterling) and most often were either kidnapped from Ireland, or forcibly removed. They could be worked to death, whipped or branded without it being a crime. Many times they were beat to death and while the death of an Irish slave was a monetary setback, it was far cheaper than the death of an expensive African. African slaves were treated much better in Colonial America.

    Indentured Servants in Colonial America

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