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1. He lived up to his name: Mandela's birth name was Rolihlahla. In his Xhosa tribe, the name means pulling the branch of a tree or troublemaker. (The name "Nelson" was given to him by his teacher on his first day of elementary school. It's not clear why she chose that particular name. It was th...
Pennsylvania Hospital was founded in 1751 by Dr. Thomas Bond and Benjamin Franklin "to care for the sick-poor and insane who were wandering the streets of Philadelphia." At the time, Philadelphia was the fastest growing city in the 13 colonies. In 1730, the population numbered 11,500 and had gro...
1. When he a young man, Ford repaired watches for his friends and family—and he made his own tools to do it. He used a filed shingle nail as a screwdriver and a corset stay as tweezers. 2. Ford became Chief Engineer of the Edision Illuminating Company's main plant in 1893, and was on-call 24 hou...
Robert L. "Bob" Douglas (November 4, 1882 - July 16, 1979) was the founder of the New York Renaissance basketball team. Nicknamed the "Father of Black Professional Basketball", Douglas owned and coached the Rens from 1923 to 1949, guiding them to a 2,318-381 record (.859). He was inducted into t...
Eddie Gaedel was the 3'7' midget who played in only one game against the St. Louis Browns and the Detroit Tigers. In the second inning of a double-header, St. Louis manager, Zach Taylor, sent 3'7', 65-pound Eddie Gaedel up to bat. Gaedel stood in a crouch up at the plate, giving pitcher Bob Cain...
1690 – Massachusetts authorized the first official paper currency to be ever used in the Western Hemisphere. Until 1690, the North American colonies had dealt primarily in coinage. Silver and gold were rather rare, so colonists generally used unofficial coins, or “decrepit coppers.” Boston-based...
  The coat of arms of Australia (officially known as the Commonwealth Coat of Arms) is the formal symbol of the Commonwealth of Australia that signifies Commonwealth authority and ownership. The first coat of arms was granted by King Edward VII on 7 May 1908, and the current version was granted b...
1. Obsessed with his weight, JFK traveled with a bathroom scale. 2. A James Bond fanatic ("From Russia With Love" was one of his 10 favorite books), Kennedy tried his hand at his own spy-chiller -- about a coup d'etat masterminded by Vice President Lyndon Johnson.   3. JFK was the first presiden...
The term "tennis" is thought to derive from the French word tenez, which means "take heed" – a warning from the server to the receiver. Real tennis evolved, over three centuries, from an earlier ball game played around the 12th century in France. This had some similarities to palla, fives, pelot...
  A  ‘pop fly’ or lazy fly ball, that is an easy catch, is called a “can of corn.”      "The phrase is said to have originated in the nineteenth-century and relates to an old-time grocer’s method of getting canned goods down from a high shelf. Using a stick with a hook on the end, a grocer could ...


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