Saturday, July 13, 2013

Random Facts from History 2

-Benjamin Franklin wrote an essay about flatulence titled, "Fart Proudly." (Source)

-The first message sent over the internet  in 1969 was "LO."  They were attempting to type "LOGIN" but the system crashed while processing all the information. (Source)

-Greek statues were originally painted, but their colors faded over time. (Source)

-Pirates wore eyepatches to have one eye adjusted for the top deck and one eye adjusted for the darkness below deck. (Source)

-Adolph Hitler was Time Magazine's Man of the year in 1938 and was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in 1939 (though it's said the nomination was supposed to be satirical).  (Source 1) (Source 2)

-Teddy Roosevelt is the only person to ever receive a Nobel Peace Prize and a Congressional Medal of Honor, the two highest awards for war and peace. (Source)

-The Statue of Liberty was originally intended for Egypt. (Source)

-Thomas Jefferson invented the swivel chair. (Source)

-The Eiffel Tower was originally going to be demolished in 1909, but was saved because the antenna added to it could be used for communications. (Source)

-There was a shopping mall in ancient Rome that was 4 stories tall with 150 shops and offices.

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