( education / history / religion / christianity ) via saturnalia-reason-for-season
"At no time in the history of the early Christian church was it ever thought that the birth of Christ took place on 25 December. In fact, Jesus' birthday was not celebrated at all u ... read more
( education / history ) via Like Edward Snowden, Benjamin Franklin Was Called a Traitor For Informing the People About the Actions of its Government.
"In 1773, Benjamin Franklin leaked confidential i ... read more
( education / history / religion / christianity ) This is the Christmas story as told through Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google, Wikipedia, Google Maps, GMail, Foursquare, Amazon... ad infinitum. See YouTube - THE DIGITAL STORY OF THE NATIVITY.
And, for a miniseries on the subject, go to: ... read more
( education / history ) And this, people, is why you shouldn't beat your child (any more than you have to) ...
"She Stalin's mother once asked her son, 'Joseph, what exactly are you now?'
He replied, 'do you remember the Tsar? Well, I'm like a tsar.'
'You'd have done better to have been a priest,' she said in r ... read more
( education / history ) Natural Born in regard to presidential candidates was clearly defined in The Law of Nations by Emerich de Vattel, published in 1758 and relied on heavily by the framers of the Constitution. Natural Born was already legally-defined when the Constitution was written a ... read more
( education / history ) Railroad tracks
The US standard railroad gauge (distance between the rails) is 4 feet, 8.5 inches. That's an exceedingly odd number.
Why was that gauge used? Because that's the way they built them in England, and English expatriates designed the US railroads.
Why did the English build them like that? Because the first rail line ... read more
( education / history ) Things were a lot more freely-moving back then. And the kids seemed to be having fun. Reminds me of Russian traffic today, only they have slightly newer forms of transportation now. :)
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