Statistically Speaking

Prior to the 1980s, around one in every 58 births produced twins. But in the last four decades, with the advent of fertility treatments, that number has gone up to more than one in 30.

Ancient Peruvians invented surfing for fishing, one must assume independently from other cultures. There is archaeological evidence for reed surfing boards used by the Moche by 200 CE. An early description of the Inca surfing in Callao was documented by Jesuit missionary José de Acosta in 1590:

It is true to see them go fishing in Callao de Lima, was for me a thing of great recreation, because there were many and each one in a balsilla caballero [man's raft], or sitting stubbornly cutting the waves of the sea, which is rough where they fish, they looked like the Tritons, or Neptunes, who paint upon the water.

A Nazca piece of pottery showing what appears to be a priest, in the shape of a mummy bundle. From Peru, 50 - 300 CE.

Huehuetéotl, God of Fire

Huehuetéotl was in a number of pre-Columbian mesoamerican pantheons, and was particularly important to the Aztecs. In Nahuatl, his name comes from the words for "old" "god."

The world’s largest English-language Bible weighs 1,094 pounds. Built by Louis Waynai of Los Angeles between 1928 and 1930, he had to make it one letter at a time using a special printing machine. In the end, the book stands 43.5 inches tall and has a laid open width of 98 inches.

Flora Thundercloud Funmaker Bearheart, in a studio portrait in Black River Falls, Wisconsin, around 1910. Bearheart was a member of the Ho-Chunk tribe. Today, the estimated 12,000 Ho-Chunk are split between two federally recognized tribes, one in Nebraska, one in Wisconsin.

In Art Deco, Even Toasters Were Fancy!

This is the "sweetheart" toaster, manufactured by Landers, Frary & Clark of Connecticut during the 1920s.

When Women Weren‘t Persons

In 1928, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that women were not “persons” according to the British North America Act and therefore were ineligible for appointment to the Senate. To overturn this, the Canadian woman in question appealed to the Privy Council of England. At the time it was Canada's highest appeals court. In 1929, the Privy Council ruled that women are, indeed, "persons," opening up the Canadian legislature for women as well as preventing narrow readings of laws that read "person" instead of "citizen" or "human."

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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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