The British town of Berwick Upon Tweed has changed between being part of Scotland and England 14 times. At one point its status was so ambiguous that declarations of war had to specify that nations were at war with "Scotland, England, and Berwick Upon Tweed." youtube.com/watch?v=9DqZY…
Cartoonist Thomas Nast, known for the modern depiction of Santa Claus, also created the GOP's elephant symbol and helped bring down NYC political boss William Tweed en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tho…
Politician Boss Tweed was brought down by Thomas Nast's cartoons, which painted him as the embodiment of corruption. Tweed said to aides, β€œLet's stop them damned pictures. I don't care so much what the papers write aboutβ€”my constituents can't readβ€”but damn it, they can see pictures.” findingdulcinea.com/news/…
Today I learned about George Ray Tweed, one of six men to refuse to surrender to the Japanese on Guam in 1941. 5 were captured & beheaded. He avoided capture for two years and seven months when the USA recaptured the island. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
Today I learned of a genre of music called "chap hop" which advocates the wearing of tweed, growing a mustache, drinking gin or sherry, smoking a pipe and generally just living a dandy lifestyle, in a gangster hip hop style en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
Today I learned of George Ray Tweed, who avoided Japanese capture from 1941 to 1943 in Guam with help from the local Chamorro people. During that time, he published an underground newspaper, made shoes, and studied algebra. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
Political cartoonist Thomas Nast was instrumental in bringing down crooked politician Boss Tweed and his infamous NYC political machine Tammany Hall. Indeed, Tweed was arrested in Spain when local police identified him from Nast's cartoons. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
Berwick-upon-Tweed in England was "at war" with Russia for over 100 years, until a peace treaty was signed in 1966. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ber…
Alfred Ely Beach constructed the first NY subway in secret, under the nose of corrupt politician William "Boss" Tweed. AND he did it in only 58 days pbs.org/wgbh/amex/technol…
The Tweed courthouse cost New York & the US nearly twice the cost to buy Alaska because of corruption in the 1860's. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
A town in the UK, Berwick-upon-Tweed, was still technically at war with Russia until 1966 when a Russian diplomat and the Mayor signed a peace treaty. The Mayor told the diplomat: "You can tell the Russian people that they can now sleep peacefully in their beds". undiscoveredscotland.co.u…
NY state senator, later U.S. Congressman William M. Tweed is estimated to have stolen over $200 million from NYC taxpayers, before attempting to flee the US to Spain by working as a hand on a ship, only to be caught at the border en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
The first winner of the British Open was wearing a tweed suit at the time tailoredman.com/blog/92-w…
In 2002, Gene Simmons of KISS launched Gene Simmons' Tongue, a men's lifestyle magazine. The magazine lasted five issues before being discontinued. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gen…
There is a place in outback Australia where New Year's Eve occurs thrice every year due to the intersection of 3 timezones. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cam…
That, because they were forgotten about during the Treaty of Versailles, Andorra remained legally in World War One until 1958, when they made peace with Germany. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
Urine was once used to wash clothes. ancienthistory.about.com/…

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