You Could Sell Your Child Into Slavery In The Aztec Empire -- If A Judge Okayed It

If you wanted to sell one of your kids, you first had to go before the courts and present your case to government officials. After hearing all of your reasoning for why you want to sell your child, they would then adjudicate if they thought you had sufficient reason. Families had to be desperately poor, and struggling to provide basic supports to their children, and believe that the child would have a better life as a slave. Based on the families' reasons the court would then either approve or deny. So the Aztec government let you sell you child into slavery, legally.

Annoyed Roman Lady Didn't Enjoy Sitting Still For Her Bust

This bust was found in Rome, and dates to between 98 and 117 CE.

MPD officer takes a coffee break in DC, 1919

Behind him is the Salvation Army Headquarters at 930 Pennsylvania Ave NW. You can see the words "Jesus is Mighty to Save" painted on the 2nd story. Just to its left at number 926 is the Whipps School of Scientific Boxing. Jack Dempsey trained there with William Whipp before his 1919 fight in Toledo, in which he took the World Heavyweight Title from Jess Willard. Much of the area was purchased by the government for the eventual construction of the Federal Triangle in 1908 and 1928. Both buildings were razed, and construction of the US Department of Justice Building began on the site in 1931.

Yucatan Rainforest Still Shaped By Its Mayan Past

A new study shows that the centuries of deforestation under the Mayan Civilization -- which lasted from 200 BCE to about 950 CE at its height -- drastically changed the ability of local rainforests to store carbon in the ground. And even today, centuries after the Maya cities were mysteriously abandoned and the forests grew back, the region's carbon reserves have not yet fully recovered. Read the full article here.

This stalwart homesteader and his three children standing proudly in front of their "Soddie" on the Nebraska plains have had a tough time of it. The photographer, Solomon Butcher, noted that the roof of their home collapsed just hours before his arrival. Heavy rains during the night had soaked the sod, and the increased weight of the roof snapped the supporting pole.

The photographer’s notes also tells us that the man’s name is George Barnes. His wife had died the previous year, leaving him in charge of his three young children. In spite of these troubles, the father has reached into his limited finances and hired the services of an itinerant photographer. He probably can't easily reschedule the session, so he tells the photographer to snap away despite the overnight catastrophe.

The family is posed in front of their damaged home with their prized possessions of three well-fed horses and a wagon proudly on display. The children are probably wearing their best clothes. A close look at the photo reveals the ill-fitting coats and pants of the two brothers. It appears their father has not been able to sew or buy any new clothes for his rapidly growing sons. All the children are shoeless.

Despite the not-so-rosy picture, George Barnes’ stance seems to challenge the viewer. We will survive, he seems to say. We will survive, and we will grow, and we will thrive.

Why Chef’s Hats Are Pleated

The pleats in a chef's hat not only portray a sense of fashion of professionalism, they have a purpose! Traditionally the pleats represented how many recipes a chef had mastered. So, a chef with a 100 pleats may have known 100 different ways to boil an egg. Or 100 slightly more interesting recipes!

Only One British Governor Sided With The American Revolutionaries

Mr. Johnathan Trumbull, governor of Connecticut, was the lone governor. He was promptly elected as the new state's governor, and was re-elected every year of the war. Trumbull was a friend and adviser of General Washington throughout. He dedicated the resources of Connecticut to the fight for independence, and Washington declared him "the first of the patriots."

Frida Kahlo As You’ve (Probably) Never Seen Her Before

Though she was often photographed as an adult, Frida Kahlo has less photographs from her childhood. That's what makes the photos in this image gallery so special. Taken by her father, showing Kahlo as young as two, they reveal a different side of the famous Mexican artist.

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