In 1619 the first African Americans were brought to North America as slaves. In the 401 years since, African Americans have been legally equal to Whites for just 16% of the time.

The reverse is also important to remember. Whites have been taught for at least 84% of the time that African Americans were lesser humans.


Carhops in Dallas, Texas (1940s)

The uniforms were probably deliberate. Notice the two ladies in the background, enjoying the view.

Eleanor Roosevelt and Amelia Earhart were close friends. One time they snuck out of the White House to go to a party together, and another time, they went on a joyride from DC to Baltimore with Earhart piloting the stolen airplane. After that excursion, Roosevelt obtained a student permit to learn to fly. She never did get around to it though.

"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.

Harvard invented the college interview and evaluation of extracurricular activities in 1926. They were intended to be measurements of future students' "character." This was because when only academics were considered in their college admissions, Harvard thought it was accepting too many Jewish students.

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.

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    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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