"Mona Lisa is the only beauty who went through history and retained her reputation. "

Will Rogers, an American stage and film actor, vaudeville performer, cowboy, humorist, newspaper columnist, and social commentator. In the mid-1930s he was hugely popular as a wit and a film star, commanding some of Hollywood's highest fees. Rogers was also a Cherokee citizen born in 1879 in the Cherokee Nation, Indian Territory. It is today Oklahoma.

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.

Street Traffic in London in the 1860s

This photograph is notable for showing a "live action" view of London streets during this period. It was taken at the clock tower at London Bridge.

Has Your Country Been Led By A Woman?

Has Your Country Been Led By A Woman? The map is for each country’s most modern incarnation, e.g. it does not count the USSR for Russia. ​

The Curse of Tecumseh

Since 1840, every American president who was elected in a year ending in zero has died in office. The first president taken down by this bizarre pattern was William Henry Harrison, elected in 1840, who died of pneumonia a month after taking office. In 1860, Abraham Lincoln  was elected. Enough said on that. In 1880, James Garfield was elected president,  and he was killed, by the disgruntled job-seeker Charles Guiteau. In 1900, William McKinley was elected for his second term, and was also assassinated by an anarchist. In 1920, Warren Harding was elected, and he suffered a stroke after three years in office and died. In 1940, Franklin Delano Roosevelt was re-elected for a third term, and died in office in 1945 (just after being re-elected for a fourth term). In 1960, John F. Kennedy was elected, then assassinated.

In 1980, Ronald Reagan was elected, and though he was shot at in office, he survived two terms and died of Alzheimer's decades later. The Teflon Man apparently ended the curse of Tecumseh which had killed seven presidents before him.

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    By Lillian Audette

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