During the Prohibition era, the U.S. Government allowed Whiskey to be sold through pharmacies. As a result, Walgreens grew from 20 retail stores to almost 400. atlasobscura.com/articles…
When "The Flintstones" added the baby Pebbles in 1963, it was originally going to be a boy, until Ideal Toys pointed out that they would sell a lot more merchandise if they made the baby a girl, as baby boy dolls didn't sell well in that era metv.com/stories/the-flin…
We are currently in the Stelliferous Era, which in the grand scale of the universe is the age where stars are created throughout the universe. Eventually all stars will burn out, & we will enter the Black Hole Era followed by the Dark Era, where there is no longer any light in the universe. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fut…
Historians have partnered with a retirement home to find those still able to read the civil-war era cursive script of the Seward family. youtu.be/fzfusg_YulM?t=49
Teddy Roosevelt was chosen as Vice President due to his support of anti-trust reform, and conservatives knew the VP had little power. Six months into the term, President McKinley was assassinated and Roosevelt became President, ushering in an unprecedented era of anti-trust and labor reforms. senate.gov/about/officers…
During the US prohibition era, medicinal liquor was fraudulently exploited in many scams, one doctor cited for writing 475 prescriptions for whiskey in one day. Charles R. Walgreen, the founder of Walgreen's pharmacies expanded from 20 stores to a staggering 525 during the 1920s. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro…
The Soviet Union loved Bollywood films. The values of Indian society and the USSR were very similar and the socialist country enjoyed the common rags to riches narrative. In fact, the highest grossing film of the Soviet Era was a 1982 Bollywood film called Disco Dancer. varsity.co.uk/film-and-tv…
Toshiba created the worlds smallest spinning platter hard drive (HDD) in 2004, at a size of just .85 inches (2.1 CM), which could hold 2 or 4 Gigabytes of data and was even used in phones and Apple iPods of the era. palminfocenter.com/news/7…
Silent-era film director F. W. Murnau (1888 - 1931, director of Nosferatu) had his grave robbed in 2015. His skull was removed and candle wax found in the grave suggests an occult ritual was performed. The crime is unsolved and his skull remains missing. news.artnet.com/art-world…
Musicians formed the Music Defense League in 1930 to fight against movies with sound. They worried that without people playing music live at the movies, like in the silent era, they would lose jobs so they ran an expensive campaign arguing about how robots were taking over the world. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
A number of roman era wooden tablets were found in Hadrian's wall in 1973. They contain correspondence of soldiers stationed there, including a birthday invitation written by a woman and a letter from a soldier's mom, telling him that she sents new pairs of underpants and socks petersommer.com/blog/arch…
The first two African Americans to play Major League Baseball were brothers Fleet Walker and Weldy Walker, who played for the Toledo Blue Stockings in their 1884 season. Jackie Robinson and Larry Doby were the first to breach the color line in baseball's modern era. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/188…
Construction workers at the new World Trade Center site in NYC stumbled upon the hull of an 18th century Philadelphia sloop active in colonial-era Caribbean trade. Tree-ring scientists at Columbia University found that the wood used to build the ship were felled in 1773. history.com/news/tree-rin…
Isaac Newton studied the occult and predicted the end of the world as we know it to happen around the year 2060. He believed humanity would then progress into an era of divinely inspired peace. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isa…
Taiwan effectively had one party rule by the KMT until 2000, partly because they ushered in an era of economic boom that saw the country become one of the Four Asian Tigers scmp.com/article/981433/w…
Al Spalding, founder of Spalding Sporting Goods, was a Hall of fame pitcher with a career ERA in the top ten all-time (2.133). He also wrote the first official baseball rules and helped popularize the use of baseball gloves. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A._…
Today I learned of Chinese assassin, Shi Jianqiao. In the Warlord Era (1916-1928) when Shi was 19, her warlord father was defeated & executed by a rival, Sun Chuanfang. Shi spent her 20s tracking Sun down, killing him in 1935. Chinese society was so moved by her act of filial revenge that the court pardoned her en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shi…
523 mostly one of a kind, lost silent films from around the gold rush era, were found buried beneath the permafrost, they were used to fill in a swimming pool and make a skating rink in the small town of Dawson City Yukon indiewire.com/2016/09/daw…
Today I learned about Taphephobia: the fear of being buried alive as a result of being incorrectly pronounced dead, and that before the era of modern medicine the fear was not entirely irrational and quite common. history.com/news/why-many…
There were two World War II era American aircraft carriers called USS Lexington: CV-2 and CV-16. CV-2 was a converted battle cruiser, and when it was sunk, the CV-16 USS Cabot which was under construction was renamed Lexington in that ship's honor. CV-16 is now a museum. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS…
During the suez crisis, the ww2 era fast minelayer HMS Manxman shadowed a US Carrier group. The Carrier group responded by moving at full speed to outrun her however Manxman responded by also moving at full speed and outran them, signaling "see you in egypt" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS…
The origins of NASCAR racing go back to the prohibition era when moonshine runners would upgrade their vehicles in order to outrun authorities while leaving the vehicles looking ordinary so as not to attract attention. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sto…
Scholars think that Constantinople’s fall in 1453, and the exodus of Greeks to Italy, helped mark the end of the Medieval era and the start of the Renaissance, with the Byzantine intellectuals changing the course of humanism and the Renaissance. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
Today I learned about Nikolai Vavilov who, obsessed with ending famine, created the world's largest collection of plant seeds, advancing the genetic study of cultivated plants. He faced anti-Mendelian forces during the Stalin era, leading to arrest in 1940. Ironically, he died in captivity, by starvation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nik…
Medical Whiskey was precribed during the prohibition era thewhiskeywash.com/lifest…
Ancient Native American tribes around Great Lakes didn't need to smelt copper to make tools since the copper purity was around 95% and would be hammered into shape. While evidence of organized mining are present between 4000-500 BCE, there's oddly a lack of pottery and ceramics during this era. mpm.edu/research-collecti…
In the UK, Dangerous Driving laws only apply to motor vehicles- this resulted in a man who had killed a woman by hitting her with a track bike at 18mph being sentenced to 2 years in jail under β€˜wanton and furious driving’, a Victorian-Era law intended for Horse Carriages. theguardian.com/uk-news/2…
Today I learned about Dead Hand, a Cold War-era automatic nuclear weapons system used by the Soviet Union. It can trigger the launch of Russian ICBM's if an attack is detected by seismic, light, radioactivity, and pressure sensors, even at the absence of human oversight. It allegedly still remains in use. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dea…
The October Russian revolution actually occurred in November as the Russians did not change to the Julian calendar until the Soviet era en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oct…
The association between glasses and being elderly/weak/passive faded when Theodore Roosevelt was regularly photographed wearing his pince-nez glasses. Other famously bespectacled people of the era are the actor Harold Lloyd and the cricket player Ernest Killick. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gla…
After Joseph Stalin's Death, his successor embarked on a program of 'De-Stalinization' - systematically reversing most of Stalin's policies while in office, to end the "era of the cult of personality" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/De-…
Brides were so scarce in Gold Rush era California that widows from the cannibalistic Donner Party tragedy remarried within months of rescue. Virginia Reed wrote with amusement of declining the proposal of a young man at Sutter's Fort when she was 12 and recovering from starvation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don…
, During the steamship era the residue from burning coal was dumped at sea, leaving trails on the sea bottom of popular routes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cli…
Today I learned of Jackie Coogan, a child actor in the silent film era who earned millions of dollars, only to find out in his 20s that his parents spent it all on jewelry and cars. He sued and the litigation resulted in the passage of the Coogan Act, which protects child actors en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jac…
In 1994 Lisa Loeb was the first artist to have a number one Billboard hit without being signed to a major record labelβ€” something doable in the age of the internet and self-distributed music, but unheard of in an era when record labels controlled the industry. That song was β€œStay (I Missed You)” youtube.com/watch?v=OBRtu…
Children of Japanese samurai had an increased risk of lead poisoning. A study that analyzed the amount of lead in people from this era showed that many children had higher amounts of lead than men and women. They determined that the lead-based makeup popular among their mothers was the cause. discovermagazine.com/heal…
The NRS-2 is a Soviet era combination gun and knife. The barrel faces out the bottom of the handle and has an effective range of 25 meters. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NRS…
The song 'Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)' was originally written as an anti-LSD track. Kenny Rogers covered it, leading to it becoming a counter-culture hit and a long-lasting representation of the late 60's psychedelic era. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jus…
The dominance of music β€œalbums” has come and gone: they weren’t a thing before LPs in the 60s, and we’re now in the β€œpost-album era” due to streaming services en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alb…
There are 2 stars dedicated to Harrison Ford on the Hollywood walk of fame. Harrison Ford the star of Indiana Jones / Star Wars, and Harrison Ford the star of the silent movie era 1915-1932. projects.latimes.com/holl…
Today I learned about the Black Hole Era, a period of time in the future where the universe will spend the vast majority of it's overall life shuttered in absolute darkness with all the stars in the night sky having died out and space itself dominated by nothing but super massive black holes for eons upon eons en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fut…
The hairstyle β€œchonmage” or β€œtop knot” of the Japanese in the Edo era was a means to hold samurai helmets in place. In 1876 it was banned along with other references to the samurai class. samurai-world.com/chonmag…
Actors in the early silent film era often went uncredited because audiences just didn’t care β€” then, in 1910, actress Mary Pickford became so popular cinemas started specially advertising her films, making her the world’s first movie star britannica.com/biography/…
There was a Jewish group in Germany during the Weimar Republic and early Nazi era that supported Hitler en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ass…
The last remaining copies of hundreds of silent movies made by Fox and MGM were permanently destroyed during two vault fires (1937 and 1965); including entire collections of some of the greatest actors and directors of the silent era. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/193…
During the Victorian era, a newly developed feeding bottle for infants was introduced. Infant moαΉ›tality rates due to these bottles were shocking– only 2 out of 10 infants lived to their 2nd birthday, but parents continued to buy and use them and they earned the name as murdeαΉ› bottles. anomalien.com/the-victori…
Today I learned of the Tea-Horse-Road. During Imperial-era, the Chinese noticed that Tibetans prized tea so much, they would trade high-quality horses for tea-bricks. As they needed warhorses to fight nomads, the Chinese set up a government office to sell tea for Tibetan horses, creating the Tea-Horse Road. nationalgeographic.com/ma…
The coelacanth, a prehistoric lobed-finned fish, was believed to have become extinct in the Late Cretaceous Era 66 millions years ago, until they were rediscovered extant off the coast of South Africa in 1938. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coe…
Today I learned of Alexander of Abonoteichus, a roman era cult leader who made people believe a sock-puppet was a snake-god. He was so influential even the emperor joined his cult, and the few sceptics who opposed him were christians, epicureans and writer Lucian of Samosata, who tried to expose him as a fraud en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ale…
The word "bootleg" originates from the practice of smuggling illicit items in the legs of tall boots, particularly the smuggling of alcohol during the American Prohibition era. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boo…

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