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When Blackbeard captured the ship that would become Queen Anne’s Revenge, there were 455 African slaves aboard. Many of the Africans chose to become pirates rather than become slaves. At the time of Blackbeard’s death, 1/3 of his crew were former slaves.

 

Out of 489 known shark species, only 3 are accountable for double digit fatalities.  The last 3 fatalities in the United States occurred in 2015, 2013, and 2013 respectively and all in Hawaii by what were presumed to be Tiger Sharks.

 

Junius Booth preached that all life was sacred, even that of a housefly, and once held a funeral for pigeons. Junius died 13-years before his son John Wilkes assassinated President Abraham Lincoln.

 

 

 

 

The fax machine was invented the same year as the Oregon trail migration. It was invented in 1843 by a Scottish mechanic named Alexander Bain. This early model used a combination of synchronized pendulums, electric probes and electrochemically sensitive paper to scan documents, and then send the information over a series of wires to be reproduced. At this same time, the “Great Migration” on the Oregon trail began, when a wagon train of about 1,000 migrants began to travel west.

 

In a mere 66-years, America went from having no flight technology to landing a man on the moon 239,000 miles away.

 

Many members of the cast of Seinfeld have done well for themselves. Here’s the estimated net worth of 7 of the co-stars:
Jerry Seinfeld – 870-million
Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Elaine) – 200-million
Jason Alexander (George) – 50-million
Michael Richards (Kramer) – 48-million
Jerry Stiller (George’s dad) – 12.5-million
John Hurley (J Peterman) – 8.5-million
Wayne Knight (Newman) – 8-million

 

ÒSeinfeld: Season 7Ó (Sony, 24 episodes, four discs, $49.95) has, among others, ÒThe Maestro,Ó ÒThe Sponge,Ó ÒThe Soup NaziÓ and ÒThe InvitationsÓ (that is, the unfortunate stamp-licking end of George’s fiancee Susan).(Handout/MCT)

The modern day battery was invented 1-year after George Washington died.

 

No, Michael Jackson did not invent the Moonwalk. Did he improve upon it? Oh yes he did. But invent it? Oh no he din’t. When Michael unveiled his “Moonwalk” back in the early 80’s on that Motown Special it sort of startled the living hell out of everyone, including me. Here’s a clip. Wait for the 3:40 mark, when the audience actually shrieks at this seemingly impossible move. On a related note, if you don’t see the talent of MJ in this video you are blind, ignorant, and unfit to live in a civilized society.

But as I said, although MJ may have improved upon it, he didn’t come up with it. Here’s a cool cat named Bill Bailey who moonwalked right off the stage back in ’55. Wait. Nobody walked on the moon until ’69. Perhaps it was called something else? Research required. Anywho, here he is . . .

Next up we have my man Ronnie Hawkins. The Hawk sort of got lost in the whole Elvis/Carl Perkins/Jerry Lee Lewis and others madness, but damn was he good. He did something called The Cosmic Glide or Front Glide, pretty close to a moonwalk fo sho. The Hawk was cool.

And here’s a dude from back in the day named Dick Van Dyke. He was an actor on the creatively named Dick Van Dyke Show. Trust me kids, it was pretty funny. Anyway, this isn’t technically a dance, but it has all the elements of a moonwalk nonetheless. Behold . . .

Finally, here’s a video showing Sammy Davis Jr., Bill Bailey and others busting MJ-like moves long before that Motown Special. Pretty cool.

The pay gap between male and female White House staffers has more than tripled in the first year of the Trump administration, according to an analysis by economist Mark Perry of the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank. The median female White House employee is drawing a salary of $72,650 in 2017, compared to the median male salary of $115,000. “The typical female staffer in Trump’s White House earns 63.2 cents per $1 earned by a typical male staffer,” Perry writes.

The 37% gender pay gap in President Trump’s White House is more than double the 17% gender pay gap nationally. According to the Pew Research center, the Trump White House gender gap is wider than the national gender pay gap stood in 1980. Trump’s gender pay gap is also up sharply from the 11% gender pay gap in the last year of the Obama White House.

Cleopatra lived closer in time to the moon landing than the construction of the pyramids.

 

France was still using the guillotine when the first Star Wars came out.
And here’s the lucky guy . . .

At the time the pyramids were built, woolly mammoths were still walking the earth. The last of the wooly mammoth died out around 1700 B.C. on Russia’s Wrangel Island. In Egypt, the Pyramids of Giza were built around 4,000 years ago, although there have been claims that they’re even older. This also means that Cleopatra’s time on Earth is actually closer to us in history than to the construction of the pyramids. Mind? Blown.

 

Same.

The Battle of Gettysburg was the costliest battle of the Civil War, with 51,112 casualties. By comparison, there were 58,220 American deaths during the entire Vietnam War.

 

During the Civil War, Robert E. Lee’s horse Traveller became so famous that his mane and tail became thin from people plucking the hair as souvenirs.

 

The night George Washington crossed the Delaware and defeated the Hessians, Hessian Commander Johann Gottlieb Rall had been warned of the attack through a note sent by a local loyalist. He never read it. It was found in his pocket after his death that night.

 

The first world leader to initiate an anti-smoking campaign was Adolf Hitler.

 

In the recent NBA Finals won by the Golden State Warriors, Cleveland’s starters outscored Golden State’s by 19. However, Golden State’s bench outscored Cleveland’s by 53.

 

If you could drive your car straight up, you’d reach outer space in about an hour.

 

Alcohol makes up 23% of all sales at Buffalo Wild Wings.

 

 

We have explored less than 5% of the world’s oceans.

 

Diseases often jump from animals to humans. Smallpox, measles and probably tuberculosis came from cattle, influenza from birds and pigs, whooping cough from pigs or dogs, malaria from chickens and ducks, ebola from bats, and HIV from monkeys and chimps.

 

The racial wealth gap kept widening well after the Civil Rights era.

The nation’s demographics are on a clear trajectory: White people are dying faster than they are being born, which means they are on target to become a minority in the United States in 30-years.

“This is without historical precedent,” said Kenneth Johnson, the senior demographer at the University of New Hampshire’s Carsey School of Public Policy. “The minority population is growing, and the non-Hispanic white population is not.”

Whites currently account for 62% of the population but 78% of deaths, according to Johnson’s analysis.

“I don’t think people fully appreciate how much natural increase [more births than deaths] contributes to the nation’s growing diversity,” Johnson said. “If you ask people why is America more diverse, they would say it’s because minorities are being born. What nobody ever thinks about is that a lot more whites are dying.”

Well, well. How the tide has turned. Honestly, I can’t decide if this is good or bad for the White Supremacy crowd. On the one hand, how can they be supreme if they’re a minority? Can’t have that. Somebody might build a wall to keep them out, man. We can’t be getting all diverse and whatnot, that’s un- American!

On the other hand, they may soon be getting all those great privileges they say minorities get, like getting the first shot at jobs and the cute girls and stuff.

The world, man. How dare it change like this on us?

PS- Is it me or does Kenneth Johnson seem a little too happy about all these white people dying?

PPS- I swear to God I’ll get messages from people who don’t recognize sarcasm and think I’m serious. I can’t wait to show them to you.

In a study by the Smell & Taste Research Foundation, the scent women found most arousing was Good & Plenty candy mixed with cucumber.