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A Brief History In Argentina, during the “Dirty War” (1974-1983) people involved in opposition to the government were kidnapped and killed, those victims referred to as “the disappeared” (desaparecidos).  Live babies cut from the wombs of pregnant women murdered for their babies were called “Children of the Disappeared,” and given over to adoption for families of reliable political supporters of the government.  Today we list 10 ways of killing someone in order to send a message or make a point that have a specific name or nickname for the killing or mutilation involved. Digging Deeper 1.  Sicilian Necktie. (AKA Columbian Necktie, Peruvian…

A Brief History On an unknown date in 324 BC, the Macedonian (Greek) King Alexander the Great arranged about 80 weddings in the Persian city of Susa between the daughters of Persian nobles and Greeks of high office.  An astute judge of culture, Alexander regularly acknowledged a conquered people’s customs and culture and attempted to show respect and acceptance for their ways in order to better incorporate the new lands into his empire.  Of course, Alexander also meant to further Greek culture into conquered lands as well. Digging Deeper Alexander had already married Roxana (aka Roxanne or Roxanna) the beautiful…

A Brief History On an unknown date in 495 BC, one of the greatest  Athenian heroes of their “Golden Age” was born, Pericles, the man that came to be known as “The First Citizen of Athens.”  So important and influential was Pericles that his time as leader of Athens is called “The Age of Pericles” (461-429 BC). Digging Deeper Like many truly great men, Pericles was multi-dimensional, and served as a military general, statesman, and orator, as well as being a great patron of the arts and education.  A strong advocate of democracy, Pericles is responsible for most of the…

A Brief History On an unknown date around 638 BC one of the greatest of the Ancient Greeks was born in Athens into a modestly wealthy family of the noble class.   A Renaissance Man before there was such a thing, Solon had many facets and many talents.  Engaging in commerce and in military leadership, he became known for high intelligence and persuasive debate. Digging Deeper Eventually becoming a major reformer of Athenian society, Solon is often remembered as “The Lawgiver” for his wise legislation as Chief Magistrate of Athens starting around 594 BC.  During his time as autocrat of Athens,…

A Brief History The ‘Slot machine’ was a name formerly used for all automatic vending machines and gambling devices. You can play slots today in a little more of a modern setting over at 666Casino, they have numerous fruit machine games to play. It was in the 20th century that the term was restricted to gambling. There are other terms for slot machines. These include “fruit machine” which is a term popular in Britain and one-armed bandit. Digging Deeper The First Slot Machine: Liberty Bell from Charles Fey The Liberty Bell slot machine was first invented in 1895 by a car…