Tag archives for Historical Figures

  1. Fun Fact Friday: Lincoln and Booth

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    Did you know that Edwin Booth, brother of John Wilkes Booth, saved President Lincoln’s son’s life, prior to Lincoln’s assassination? It’s true! Edwin Booth was actually a nationally known Shakespearean actor, and happened to be in New Jersey at the time, coincidentally sharing a train platform with Robert Lincoln. Interestingly, Robert Lincoln knew exactly who […]

  2. Fun Fact Friday: Random Fun Facts!

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    While writing Fun Fact Friday, I encounter lots of fun facts that are interesting, but don’t necessarily require an entire article. With that in mind, here are some of the random fun facts I’ve collected! Goats’ eyes have horizontal and somewhat rectangular pupils. In Britain, they call underwear “pants” and they call pants “trousers”. Crickets’ […]

  3. Fun Fact Friday: Ludwig van Beethoven

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    Did you know that Beethoven often dipped his head in cold water prior to composing? It’s true! Here are some other fun facts about Ludwig van Beethoven: Beethoven’s first symphony was so bizarre sounding, it was initially believed to be intended as a musical joke. His Symphony No. 9 was the first known symphony to […]

  4. Fun Fact Friday: Martin Luther King Jr. was a Trekkie!

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    Did you know that Martin Luther King Jr. was a fan of Star Trek? It’s true! Actress Nichelle Nichols, who played the role of Lieutenant Uhura, has told the now-famous story of when she was considering quitting Star Trek, after the conclusion of the show’s first season. While she enjoyed being on the show, she […]

  5. Fun Fact Friday: Edison’s greatest invention is retiring this year!

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    Did you know that Thomas Edison’s greatest invention (phonograph aside), the incandescent light bulb, is being retired this year? It’s true! As of 2014, the standard light bulbs that we all grew up with are going away for good. This is due to the fact that they aren’t energy efficient. 75% of the energy a […]

  6. Fun Fact Friday: Nikola Tesla

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    Did you know that Nikola Tesla, inventor of the Tesla Coil, also invented the AC (alternating current) system that is still used to power our homes even today? It’s true! Considered eccentric by many, Tesla was a brilliant inventor, and was briefly employed by Thomas Edison as an electrical engineer. Tesla and Edison went their […]