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
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History's hidden gay couples whose 'outlaw marriages' helped America's greatest minds reach new heights. Here: Martha Carey Thomas (right), with her partner Mamie Gwinn, made history by creating the first graduate program in the U.S. that admitted women....who knew?

Revealed: History's hidden gay couples whose 'outlaw marriages' helped America's greatest minds reach new heights


In an attempt to control the rampant prostitution in New Orleans in the early 1900′s, the City Council legalized prostitution in 1898 in a 38-block area of the French Corner. Dubbed, “Storyville,” after the council member who proposed the idea; the area remained a red light district until 1917. Photographer E.J. Bellocq, secretly documented the prostitutes in Storyville and later published them in a book "E.J. Bellocq Storyville Portraits".

The 1912 Storyville Prostitutes from New Orleans (NSFW)


Ethel Granger of England had the smallest waist size in modern times for a woman of normal stature, In this photo from 1959, her measurements were 36-13-39. She had a pierced nose, which must have been very unusual in the 50s.

Женские и мужские корсеты. Самые тонкие талии 20-го века.


The Codex Gigas. The largest medieval manuscript in existence, created by a single scribe in the early 13th century. Sometimes called “The Devil’s Bible” because of a large unexplained picture of him. Lavishly illustrated. Just the writing alone, not counting the illustrations, would have taken five years of constant writing to complete

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You'll never watch another sex scene the same way. These awkward accessories help make the magic "happen" on screen.

8 awkward, not remotely hot tools used to film Hollywood sex scenes


History of the Gollywog.

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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


Bubonic plague wax sculpture, by artist Eleanor Crook #Plague

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history of japan

history of japan


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

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


An Australian gun lover debunks some myths

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


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

US lab to sequence DNA from John Lennon's tooth


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

Dentist purchases Elvis Presley’s dental crown


Migration flows across the world

A visualization of migration flows


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


Artificial limbs from 1900 were decades ahead of their time http://mashable.com/2015/07/26/early-prosthesis/

Artificial limbs from 1900 were decades ahead of their time


Artificial limbs from 1900 were decades ahead of their time http://mashable.com/2015/07/26/early-prosthesis/

Artificial limbs from 1900 were decades ahead of their time


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...


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


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.

articles/Discovery of earliest illuminated manuscript


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


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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