Browsing: January 31

A Brief History On January 31, 2018, we celebrate National Appreciate Your Social Security Check Day, one of those many days you find all over the internet that seem to have no specific origin. Well, this cowboy does not celebrate this particular “holiday,” because of the JERK (or jerks) that came up with the WEP (Windfall Elimination Provision) that cheats people like me out of half their social security! Today we list 7 Jerks of the Month. What jerks would you add to this list? Digging Deeper 1. WEP (Congress). How can our country celebrate social security when so many…

A Brief History On January 31, 2017, we at History and Headlines recognize those people who, during this month, not necessarily in the past, have either done some disreputable thing or their disreputable past has come to light.  Whether you call them villains, jerks, creeps, idiots or whatever, these people have brought shame upon themselves, at least for this month if not for their lives or careers.  By including a person and their action in this list we do not condemn that person to a lifetime label as an idiot, just labeling them an idiot for this specific month.  Who…

This Just In! Tonight, January 31, 2015, marks the return of Anderson “the Spider” Silva, the greatest mixed-martial artist of any weight class! Unfortunately, his career almost came to a dramatic end in December 2013 when he fractured his leg in absolutely gruesome fashion.  After a year of recovery, Silva competes once again tonight at UFC 183 against former Strikeforce and World Extreme Cage Fighting welterweight champion Nick Diaz.  Should Silva have a successful return, he may once again challenge for the middleweight championship.  On a bizarre note, while Silva is known for various charitable endeavors and for having a…

A Brief History On January 31, 1930 the 3M Company (then going by the name of Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing) revealed Scotch Tape.  This product, consisting of clear cellophane tape with a pressure-sensitive adhesive on one side, would become a household and office necessity. Digging Deeper 3M has since ridden the success of Scotch Tape to produce many products bearing the Scotch brand that have nothing to do with the original product, one example being the stain repellent Scotchguard.  3M first began advertising with the familiar tartan plaid (Wallace type) in 1945.  Today, many manufacturers produce adhesive tape, but most folks generically call these products “Scotch Tape” as well.  (Same as the Kleenex phenomenon.)  Pressure-sensitive…

A Brief History On January 31, 1747, the London Lock Hospital opened, the first clinic specifically for the treatment of venereal diseases! Digging Deeper Digging deeper, we find many diseases today that are identified as “venereal” or sexually transmitted by a variety of bacteria, viruses and protozoa. Back in the days when science had not yet discovered the microscopic causes of disease, Europeans thought mainly of syphilis when addressing the subject of venereal disease. Although it is not proven beyond a doubt, many scientists feel that syphilis was unknown in Europe until infected sailors among the crews of Christopher Columbus’ ships returned…