After Escaping Cannibals, Dealing With Politicians Was Easy

In September 1944 nine US airmen were shot down over Chichi Jima, a small island 700 miles south of Tokyo, Japan. Of these nine men, only one evaded capture by the Japanese. That man, Lt. George H.W. Bush, went on to become the 41st President is the United States. What he didn't know -- and... Continue Reading →

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How Bad Scheduling and a Misguided Con Scheme Changed the World

Johannes Gutenberg (circa 1400 – February 3, 1468) was responsible for one of the pivotal inventions in all of history: the moveable-type printing press. That invention, more than any other, allowed mankind to begin to collect and disseminate its collective knowledge and progress into the scientific and industrial revolutions. It almost didn't happen. We owe... Continue Reading →

Meet the Woman Whose Name is on the Declaration of Independence

Women would not receive the right to vote in the United States until 1920. Ironically, 144 years before this oversight was addressed, it was a woman who played a key role in the proclamation of American independence. If you don't know who this woman is, take a look at the Declaration of Independence, and you... Continue Reading →

Who was the Best-Paid Athlete of All Time?

In today's era of multi-million dollar salaries for professional sports figures, it might surprise you that even the wealthiest of modern athletes cannot hold a candle to the best-paid sportsman of all time. In 2017 Real Madrid soccer star Ronaldo Cristiano brought in $93 million. As impressive as that is, it is mere pocket change... Continue Reading →

No Touchdowns for Financial Maturity Among NFL Players

The average career of a National Football League (NFL) player is slightly more than three years. In those years, the average earnings is about $4 million after taxes. Despite this impressive amount in a relatively short amount of time, 78% of all former NFL players are bankrupt or nearly so within three years of ending... Continue Reading →

Brief Facts About the Shortest Presidential Term

Pedro Lascuráin held the highest governmental office in Mexico briefly. Very briefly. In fact, he holds the record for the shortest term in history as a nation's president. He was sworn in as Mexico's 34th President on February 19, 1913. Less than one hour later, his term of office was over. His administration was not... Continue Reading →

This Weatherman Has Always Been Clowning Around

Willard Scott is known and loved by millions as the fun-loving weatherman of The Today Show from 1980 until his retirement in 2015. Before becoming known as America's meteorologist, Scott was instrumental in the development of another iconic character. From 1963 to 1966, Scott was the original Ronald McDonald, the mascot for McDonald's restaurants.

Hollywood Inspiration Changes History

On March 31, 1981 Secret Service Agent Jerry Parr helped change the course of history as he acted to save President Ronald Reagan from an assassination attempt. In doing so, he proved himself equal to the motto of the Secret Service: "Worthy of Trust and Confidence." That moment of heroism was the most dramatic moment... Continue Reading →

I Know Who I Am

Ronald Reagan had been successful in motion pictures and television, but he still struggled with name recognition when he was campaigning for President in 1976. His campaign managers had him going door-to-door in Texas, seeking votes. At one house a gentleman answered the door, and Reagan told him he was running for President and would appreciate... Continue Reading →

One Small Step for Man… One Giant Leap for Deadlines

Neil Armstrong's footprints narrowly avoided being rejected as an astronaut. His application to NASA was one week late. Fortunately, Armstrong's friend, Dick Day, worked at NASA’s Manned Spacecraft Center and happened to notice the application when it arrived after the deadline. Day slipped the application into the pile of timely applications, thus paving the way for Armstrong's... Continue Reading →

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