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    this is jeanne calment, was anyway. she passed away in 1997 at the age of 122 years and 164 days old. she learned to fence at 85, and was still riding a bicycle at 100. at 113 she was known as the last living person to have personally met vincent van gogh! she lived alone until 110 and was able to walk upright until almost 115. lets all raise a glass for jeanne calment :) for living one of the longest lifetimes in documented history

    Did she lessons in how to live a long healthy life? I was thinking id live to be 112. May have to make it a decade longer ;) The longest lifetime in documented history.

    Maude Adams and Ethel Barrymore.

    The Durrant Girls -- A family with four unusual daughters. They are two sets of twins, each set consisting of one black girl and one white girl. The Durrants are a mixed race couple. The odds of having two sets of twins come out like this must be astronomical!

    Anthony Roberts was walking through a Hollywood parking lot in the afternoon when he heard the screams of a woman. He found a man on top of her. Roberts was unarmed except for his camera, he shouted to the man that his picture had just been taken. The man continued wrestling with the woman, who was screaming for her life, a security guard leveled his pistol across the roof of a car and shot the man in the head, killing him. The photograph shows the instant before the guard pulled the trigger.

    During a spina bifida corrective procedure at twenty-one weeks in utero, Samuel thrusts his tiny hand out of the surgical opening of his mother’s uterus. As the doctor lifts his hand, Samuel reacts to the touch and squeezes the doctor’s finger. As if testing for strength, the doctor shakes the tiny fist. Samuel held firm. At that moment, this “Fetal Hand Grasp” photo was taken.

    This is a photo of the floor where a Buddhist monk stood for 20 years in prayer. This amazes me

    In the 1730s, a seven-year-old English girl washed up on the shores of West Africa and was adopted by her rescuers. She became the wife of a Prince and started a dynasty that extends into many of today's Xhosa royal families. Due to her recessive gene, now and then a child is born in the area with bright blue eyes. The article that goes along with this photo is also quite interesting

    They Came Before Columbus (Paperback) Remember when you learned that Christopher Columbus "discovered" the New World. Well, that was a bold-faced lie. The "New World" was quite old to the natives who had lived there for centuries. Futhermore, this book by the renowned Ivan Van Sertima explores the evidence that ancient Africans had arrived in the Americas long before the Spanish. An excellent resource for students of history, young and old.

    Passing For White----- the story is attached.

    Carolyn Jessop was 18 years old when she was forced to marry Merrill Jessop, a man nearly 40 years her senior. She lived a life of horrific domestic violence at the hands of her husband and her "sister wives" for 17 years before escaping with her 8 children. She was one of the first women to escape from the FLDS cult to win full custody of her children and was instrumental in putting Warren Jeffs away for life with her testimony in a Senate hearing. Her book blows open the shocking FLDS world.

    The Agony of Chinese Foot Binding in Pictures...ugh!

    Titanic - Remembering 100 Years

    Whenever I hear a someone make a crack about women and science or something like that, I like to imagine the ghost of someone like Rita might materialize long enough to smack the ever-loving heck out of them. How many examples of strong, independent and intelligent women do you need? Geeze.

    Training to be a lady

    In Anne Frank’s Diary Anne called Peter Schiff her “one true love.” For more than 60 years there were no photographs known of Anne Frank’s childhood sweetheart. The photo above was discovered when a childhood friend, Ernest Michaelis, now 82, came to realize that the childhood friend that gave him this photograph (before Michaelis had left Germany for Britain) was the 13-year-old boy Anne Frank wrote about in her diary.Taken 1939..discovered 2008

    Shorpy Historical Photo Archive :: Abraham Lincoln (Colorized): 1865 One of the many Greatest men that lived.

    Hedy Lamarr is said to have tipped the balance of WWII. Not only is she almost unbelievably beautiful, she was also exceedingly clever. She was the co-inventor of an early wireless form of communication; her invention allowed shortwave radio communications on the field. She gave the invention, for no compensation, to the US Government. the Germans did not yet have this capability.

    Alfred Eisenstaedt, the man behind the famous Time-Square kiss on V-J Day in 1945!

    Adolf Hitler on a walk with Helga Goebbels, 1936. Hitler hated children.