Don’t Drink And Steal

In 1876, James “Big Jim” Kinealy decided to steal Abraham Lincoln’s corpse to ransom it, in exchange for $200,000 and the freedom of his former partner-in-crime.

Kinealy’s scheme failed because a conspirator got drunk, told a lady friend in Springfield, IL, and rumors got started that someone was out to steal Lincoln’s body. Kinealy fled to Chicago.

He decided to try again, with new co-conspirators, because second time’s the charm, right? Where did Kinealy find his new pals? A tavern. One of the new guys was a paid informant, and once again, the plot was foiled.

The Thai Royal Court Had A Treatise on Elephants

This particular one was made around 1824, one of a group of manuscripts created during the first years of the Bangkok dynasty, illustrating a traditional court treatise describing elephants. An official at the Thai court was responsible for the Department of Elephants, which maintained royal elephants, mostly albinos, as well as commissioning treatises.

The treatise begins with a series of divine elephants. Mainly based on Hindu mythology, the treatise describes their divine attributes. The next portion of the manuscript illustrates and describes a large variety of natural elephants. The typology system is complex and appears to be based on Indian manuscripts on elephants.

All the Earthquakes in the World (Since 1898)

Each is colored by magnitude. Can you decipher the outlines of the continents? Africa was the hardest, for me

How Swaziland Got Its Name

Swaziland's King Mswati II (ruled 1840 to 1868) is considered the greatest fighting king in Swaziland's history. He fought competing Zulu tribes and some of his own brothers for the throne. Under his reign, the country's boundaries were greatly increased, beyond its present-day borders. "Swazi" is the anglicized version of Mswati II's name.

What Was The Second Agricultural Revolution?

The First Agricultural Revolution occurred around 10,000 years ago when humans first domesticated plants. In the early 1700s the Industrial Revolution led to faster and more efficient farming technology, which helped usher in the Second Agricultural Revolution from 1700 to 1900 in developed countries. Many less developed countries are considered to be still experiencing the Second Agricultural Revolution.

"Man fears time, but time fears the pyramid."

an Arabic-Egyptian saying. It is unclear who or when it was first said, but it dates at least to the 1800s, and it probably much older.

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    By Lillian Audette

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