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103-Year-Old Woman Robbed by Man Posing as Meals on Wheels Worker

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Date: April 22nd, 2014

mealsNew York – Police are looking for a man who pretended to be a Meals on Wheels employee and robbed a 103-year-old woman at her Upper West Side home.

The suspect somehow got past the lobby of the woman’s West 94th Street apartment building and ended up at her door, on the 14th floor.

He posed as the worker and talked his way into her apartment, according to the Daily News.

He asked to use her restroom, and then took $250, according to the News.  More

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Thomas Edison Was Deaf And He Liked It That Way

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Date: February 23rd, 2014

deafAt around the age of 12, Edison started to lose his hearing.

One legend has it that a train conductor smacked him in the ears after he started a fire in a boxcar by doing experiments.

Edison himself said that he was injured when the conductor picked him up by the ears onto a moving train. Others had said that it caused by a bout of scarlet fever during childhood. In all likelihood it was a genetic condition as both Edison’s father and one of his brothers also suffered from hearing loss.

But one thing’s for sure: Edison actually liked being deaf (technically, he was hard of hearing, not completely deaf).

He said that it made it easier for him to concentrate on his experiments.


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The German Hair Force: A Failed Military Experiment

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Date: January 31st, 2014

HairforceGermany – For almost year and half during the 1970s, German army, the Bundeswehr, permitted its soldiers to wear long hair, reflecting the new cultural trends. During the Cold War this decision annoyed the country’s NATO allies and earned the military the derogative nickname of the “German Hair Force.”

The only restriction on soldiers’ hairstyles was that men with shoulder-length manes were required to wear hair nets, just like workers in your neighboring fast food restaurant.

Long hair resulted in increased cases of lice as well as dirt and dreck on soldier’s collars and pillows.

This raised cases of infections, skin problems, and parasitic infestations.   Full Article

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Hitler salute to the American flag

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Date: January 31st, 2014

saluteThe Bellamy salute is the salute described by Francis Bellamy to accompany the American Pledge of Allegiance, which he had authored.

During the period when it was used with the Pledge of Allegiance, it was sometimes known as the “flag salute”.

During the 1920s and 1930s, Italian fascists and Nazis adopted a salute which had the same form, resulting in controversy over the use of the Bellamy salute in the United States.

It was officially replaced by the hand-over-heart salute when Congress amended the Flag Code on December 22, 1942.




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