Thomas Jefferson paid James Callender to smear John Adams in the election of 1800. Callender accused President Adams of having a “hideous hermaphroditical character” and he was jailed for the smears under the Sedition Act. Once Jefferson took office in 1801, he pardoned Callender. pbs.org/wgbh/americanexpe…
Friends Thomas Cook and Joseph Feeney shook hands in 1992, swearing if either one won the Powerball jackpot, they would split the winnings. Well the power of friendship and a handshake has paid off: 28 years later Tom won €22 million and split the winnings with his friend. powerball.com/winner-stor…
Dave Thomas (the founder of Wendy's) was a high-school dropout. He was afraid his success would convince teens to drop out of school, so at age 60, he went back and got his GED. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dav…
Independent filmmakers fled New Jersey around 1915 to California, both for the advantageous climate and to get away from Thomas Edison's Motion Picture Patent Company, who's heavy handed demands included the use of Mob thugs to demand payments on cameras, projectors and the films themselves. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
In 1987 a stock exchange forbade Thomas Peterffy to use the fully automated algorithmic trading system he had designed, as all trades needed to be typed in manually. Consequently, Peterffy designed a system where a camera read the terminals and mechanical fingers typed in the trade orders. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Int…
Thomas Edison turned the word 'hello' into a greeting. He felt it was the best way to answer the phone whereas his rival Alexander Graham Bell felt 'Ahoy' was the best way to answer the phone. Before this 'hello' was used to convey surprise text.npr.org/133785829
Thomas Midgley Jr, who helped invent leaded petrol, once poured the lead additive over his hands and inhaled its fumes to prove it was safe. He was later diagnosed with lead poisoning... for the second time. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tho…
After the Library of Congress was burned by the British in 1814, Thomas Jefferson offered his immense personal library as replacement but some opposed its contents. Jefferson wished all subjects available and his scholarly collection soon helped transform a niche library into a national library. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lib…
Modern Hollywood was started by a group of independent filmmakers who moved to California in the 1910s to get away from Thomas Edison’s total monopoly on all aspects (scripts, cameras, theaters, actors) of the early, east coast film industry. history.com/news/the-rene…
Today I learned about Thomas Aikenhead who, at 20 years of age, became the last person executed in Great Britain on a charge of blasphemy. Aikenhead was accused of referring to theology as "ill-invented nonsense" while conversing with friends at the University of Edinburgh. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tho…
Thomas Crapper did not INVENT the flushing toilet, but he did come up with numerous inventions - such as the floating ballcock - to make indoor toilets more sanitary and less prone to exploding en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tho…
Angelo Mariani was awarded a gold medal by Pope Leo XIII for inventing Vin Mariani, a cocaine and wine drink. The drink was popular with President Grant, Thomas Edison, Prime minister Méline, and hundreds of celebrities endorsed it. Mariani never gave the recipe and production ended when he died en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vin…
Scrooge's famous cry for the poor to die and thereby 'decrease the surplus population' was most likely a reference to Thomas Malthus who had written a generation before about the economic dangers of a lack of war, plague and famine. time.com/4597964/history-…
Dave Thomas named the hamburger chain “Wendy’s” after his daughter Melinda. Wendy was actually born Melinda Lou Thomas but her siblings had difficulty pronouncing her name and called her “Wenda.” Thus, the nickname Wendy was born. people.com/food/why-wendy…
2 out of 3 characters in the famous Disney duckling triplet Huey, Dewey, and Louie, were named after the US politicians Thomas Dewey and Huey Long en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hue…
19 people have won two Medals of Honor. The first was Thomas Ward Custer who twice risked his life to capture Confederate flags & soldiers in the same month, April 1865. He died at Little Big Horn with his brother, George Armstrong. Also dead was another brother, nephew & a brother-in-law. history.com/news/has-anyo…
The electric tattoo needle is based on Thomas Edison’s work spectrum.ieee.org/tech-hi…
America's oldest, unbroken treaty relationship is with Morocco, which was the first nation to recognize the US. The treaty was signed by Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and Sultan Muhammad III. It has lasted 232 years and is called the "Treaty of Friendship". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mor…
During the early to mid 19th Century, Mummy Unrolling was a theatrical event that was quite popular, entertaining and educational to the audience. Thomas “Mummy” Pettigrew was the leading unwrapper of his time. The Duke of Hamilton commissioned Pettigrew to mummify him upon his death. atlasobscura.com/articles…
Thomas More was executed for treason in July 1535. His daughter retrieved his head from the spike after he was beheaded to give him a proper burial! youtu.be/DwG3Nbi2m70
Thomas Dolby, writer and performer of She Blinded Me With Science, got his start as a session artist working with Foreigner. youtu.be/lL4kmF_8RFw
One Thomas Morgan Robertson 1. Turned a Scientist into a pop star 2. Produced Prefab Sprout's early works 3. Composed the synth intro to Foreigner's 'Waiting for a girl like you' and 4. Founded a software company that created the classic Nokia tune. His stage name?..Thomas Dolby en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tho…
George Washington, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson brought their own books to the White House and removed them at the end of their terms. It was not until 1850 that Millard and Abigail Fillmore established the first official White House collection psupress.org/books/titles…
Thomas Edison launched a smear campaign in the early 1900s to discredit Alternating Current as it opposed Direct Current which he developed. He even went as far as electrocuting animals and a human, through the first ever electric chair. historyextra.com/period/v…
In 1798 economist Thomas Robert Malthus predicted that short-term gains in living standards would inevitably be undermined as human population growth outstripped food production, and thereby drive living standards back toward subsistence and thus famine en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tho…
About 22% of the tea destroyed during the Boston Tea Party was green tea! It was a favorite tea of both George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. bostonteapartyship.com/te…
Award winning chemist and lauded scientist Thomas Midgley Jr. actually had more impact on the atmosphere than any other single organism in Earth's history and is indirectly responsible for the deaths of millions of people through his inventions of leaded gasoline, freon and CFCs en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tho…
Feral rabbits are a big problem in Australia. It started by Thomas Austin. He had 24 rabbits sent to him from Europe for his game of hunting parties in 1859. In 7 years, those 24 rabbits became 14,000. Now there are about 200 million wild rabbits down under. nationalgeographic.org/ar…
Thomas Edison tested over 1,600 different materials to find the right filament for the inside of his lightbulbs including coconut fiber, fishing line, and hair, Edison and his team eventually figured out that carbonized bamboo was the best material for the job. definingcreativity.com/th…
The imitations Eddie Murphey did on SNL in the 1980s of "Buckwheat" were hated by the "Our Gang" co-star George McFarland who played "Spanky" in the series. McFarland felt that Murphy stereotyped Buckwheat at the expense of members of William "Billie" Thomas' family who were still alive. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bil…
Before opening his first Wendy's restaurant, Dave Thomas worked for KFC. He is credited with inventing the famous red & white KFC bucket, and advising Col. Sanders to appear in his own commercials. mashed.com/172378/secrets…
Thomas Young proved that light is a wave, described elasticity, capillary action, explained how our eyes focus and see color, compared the grammar and vocabulary of 400 languages, deciphered hieroglyphs and contributed to music theory. He is called "The Last Man Who Knew Everything". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tho…
Thomas Edison designed the factory that first produced Kingsford charcoal briquettes. Kingsford made charcoal briquettes to use up the scrap wood from Henry Ford's production of the Model T. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kin…
Today I learned about Admiral Thomas Cochrane, a Scotsman who served in the British Navy during the Napoleonic wars but dismissed after a scandal in 1814. He would later go on to lead the Chilean, Brazilian and Greek Navies in their respective wars of independence. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tho…
US president Woodrow Wilson's first name was Thomas. He changed it to Woodrow to emphasize the family connection and to sound more dignified. britannica.com/biography/…
During the filming of The Hunt for Red October (1990), while doing research aboard the fast attack sub Salt Lake City, actor Scott Glenn was treated with equal rank of her captain on the orders of the then Commander Thomas Fargo. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tho…
In 1987, the DEA raided Thomas Jefferson's historic Monticello and threatened its employees with arrests if they didn't destroy his preservation of opium poppies cannabisculture.com/conte…
Today I learned about 33 Thomas Street, a 550-foot-tall skyscraper in Lower Manhattan, an example of Brutalist architecture. The exterior walls have no windows and are made from precast concrete panels. William H. Whyte claimed that it features the tallest blank wall in the world. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/33_…
Canned Heat's "Going Up the Country" is actually a cover/reworking of the 1928 song "Bull Doze Blues" by musician Henry Thomas; even the signature flute/quill melody is there in the original version en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goi…
Thomas Kinkade "Painter of Light", marketed his paintings as investments that would appreciate over time. Unfortunately, Kinkade paintings bought for $3k - $5k years ago are worth maybe $200 today, if a buyer can even be found. Kinkade was worth $70M when he overdosed on pills and alcohol bizjournals.com/columbus/…
In 1916 soldiers with a femur fracture had an 80% chance of dying. The introduction of the Thomas Splint reversed this statistic, giving soldiers with the same injury an 80% survival rate by 1917. walesonline.co.uk/lifesty…
Santa was skinny for most of his existence. In 1863, cartoonist Thomas Nast began drawing him with a huge stomach. Both the skinny and fat versions of Santa existed into the 1930's, when Coca Cola used a fat Santa in their advertisings, forever cementing that image in pop culture. simple.wikipedia.org/wiki…
Wine merchant Bill Sokolin accidentally broke a bottle of Thomas Jefferson's wine that was valued at $519,000. wine-searcher.com/m/2015/…
In 1790, Thomas Jefferson proposed a decimal-based system for weight, length, and volume that predates the metric system. If it had been adopted, 1 mile would equal 10,000 ft, an inch would be divisible by 10, and 1 cubic foot would equal exactly 1,000 ounces. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pla…
In 1820 Thomas Jefferson cut and pasted numerous sections from the New Testament to make his own Bible. Jefferson's condensed composition excludes all "miracles" of Jesus and most mentions of the "supernatural". It's called The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth. americanhistory.si.edu/Je…
Thomas Edison would hire thugs to destroy movie sets because he felt that he owned the rights to any and all film made since he filed the first patent for the motion picture camera history.com/.amp/news/the…
Henry VIII’s chief minister Thomas Cromwell was executed on his orders on the same day as his fifth wedding, an action he later regretted en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tho…
Although the kilt is an icon of Scottish clothing, Its invention credits -not without controversy- to Thomas Rawlinson, an English industrialist who created the modern-day kilt - another fun fact is the kilt has roots to the late 1600's, Which means the kilts in Braveheart are inaccurate. lochcarron.co.uk/blog/the…
In 1828, Opponents of Andrew Jackson called him a jackass. However, rather than rejecting the label, Jackson was amused by it and included a Donkey in his campaign posters. Jackson beat Jon Adams. Later in 1870s, Cartoonist Thomas Nast helped popularize Donkey as the symbol for the Democrats. history.com/news/how-did-…
Mac Miller spent much of his early career being different people. He also released music as 'Larry Fisherman' 'Larry Lovenstein & the Velvet Revival' and 'Delusional Thomas' djbooth.net/features/2018…

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