Browsing: July 11

A Brief History On July 11, 1921, Former President William Howard Taft is sworn in as the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, becoming the only person to ever serve as President and Supreme Court Justice.  Most Ex-Presidents do not have quite the spectacular second career, but we list 10 Presidents who went on to interesting activities after leaving office.  Who would you add to the list? Digging Deeper 1. Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, William Howard Taft. Serving as Theodore Roosevelt’s Vice President and then a term as President would seem like a fine way…

A Brief History Every era and every year has a certain number of people who stand out for being incredibly stupid, evil, rotten, and all around blights on society.  For the first half of 2016 we nominate 12 creeps (in no particular order) that have brought shame on all mankind by their existence.  Feel free to give us your nominations, or, heaven forbid, tell us why our nominees should not be listed. Digging Deeper 12.  Anthony Getschel and Jordan Wagner, Road Rage murderers.  These 2 creeps were following Canadian mixed martial arts light heavy weight fighter Ryan Jimmo who had…

A Brief History On July 11, 1893, Mikimoto Kokochi of Japan invented a way to make cultured pearls, making pearl jewelry available to millions of women.  Many inventions over the years have been targeted toward women, sometimes welcomed with a sigh of relief and sometimes scorned.  Here we list 10 inventions oriented toward a female clientele.  What items would you add to the list? Digging Deeper 10. Botox, 2002. Botulinum toxin is one of nature’s most deadly toxins, and yet people have it injected into their face to relax wrinkles.  At first a mostly female cosmetic application, many television and…

A Brief History On July 11, 1893, after 5 years of work and nearly broke, Mikimoto Kokichi finally produced cultured pearls, starting a new industry and providing high quality pearls to the masses. Digging Deeper Prior to the cultured pearl industry, divers would recover pearls from just a few species of oyster, hard work and a hit or miss proposition since not all of these oysters had jewelry quality pearls, and of course, there was much variation in size, shape, and color. Mikimoto’s first pearls were what are known as “mabes,” a dome shaped pearl of high quality, but not…

A Brief History On July 11, 2015, the man called “El Chapo” (Shorty), Joaquin Guzman, escaped from Mexican prison via a mile long 30 foot deep tunnel equipped with ventilation, rail tracks, and a motorcycle.  Obviously such an elaborate engineering feat could not have been constructed without the collusion of authorities, and many prison officials were arrested in the wake of the escape. Digging Deeper Guzman is considered the most powerful drug kingpin in the world today, said by some to be more powerful than Pablo Escobar at Escobar’s peak.  Guzman has a fortune estimated at around a billion dollars. …

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