A Record of Records

When he retired from playing professional hockey in 1999, Wayne Gretzky held (or shared) sixty-one records. Today, twenty years later, he holds (or shares) sixty.

A map of the entire internet, as it was in May 1973. Back then, the World Wide Web was known as the ARPANET, and consisted of just 42 computer hosts connected to 36 nodes spread across the US. Lightning bolts indicate satellite connections. How many of the locations can you recognize? Ames, for instance, was the NASA Ames Research Center.

The average human temperature has decreased by about 1.5 degrees F. The standard of 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit was made famous by German physician Carl Reinhold August Wunderlich, who published the figure in a book in 1868. However, it is now too high. A recent study, for example, found the average temperature of 25,000 British patients to be 97.9 F. The decrease in average body temperature is believed to be related to increased average healthiness.

The earliest recorded use of "motherfucker" is from an 1889 Texas court case. The defendant was accused of murdering a man who witnesses described as cursing out the defendant "promiscuosly" for days before he turned up dead. In fact, just an hour before the murder, three witnesses testified that they heard the victim call the defendant a “God damned mother-f—cking, bastardly son-of-a-bitch.” Of the four curses in that statement, only motherfucking was censored. So that tells you how bad of a curse it was already considered to be.

The first minimum wage law in the United States was passed under Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1938, setting the wage at 25 cents per hour. That's about $4.45 in 2019 money.

This made me smile, but I could not find much about the photograph. If anyone has information about the date, or these ladies, please get in touch!

The smallest known whale to have ever lived, the Dwarf Sperm Whale, is not much larger than a person and is considered a little-understood species. This is despite having a range that includes all of the earth's oceans.

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    HISTORICAL NON-FICTION

    By Lillian Audette

    This blog is a collection of the interesting, the weird, and sometimes the need-to-know about history, culled from around the internet. It has pictures, it has quotes, it occasionally has my own opinions on things. If you want to know more about anything posted, follow the link at the "source" on the bottom of each post. And if you really like my work, buy me a coffee or become a patron!

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