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What Are Practice Babies?

In the United States, certain programs were designed to benefit the economy and teach high school and college-level students real-world tasks. One program, in particular, used actual orphaned children. These babies were loaned out to college homes for the sake of education. Meet the practice babies. Orphaned babies were borrowed out to college home economics …

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Baby Owls Sleep On Their Bellies

Why Do Baby Owls Lie on Their Stomachs?

Owls belong to the order Strigiformes, which includes approximately 200 species of usually nocturnal and solitary birds of prey with an erect stance, a large, broad head, binocular eyesight, binaural hearing, keen talons, and silent flying feathers. Except for the polar ice caps and a few isolated islands, owls can be found in almost every …

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What Happened to the Danish Mom Who Left Her Baby Outside A Restaurant in New York?

Parenting styles differ based on culture and country. While it seems quite arbitrary to leave a child outside the restaurant in the United States, Nordic cultures think otherwise. But did you hear of the story of Anette Sørensen and her daughter, Liv? Anette Sørensen was visiting New York City with her 14-month old daughter in …

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How Did Alan Alda Meet His Wife?

Alan Alda, the six-time Emmy and Golden Globe Awards winner who played Hawkeye Pierce in the TV hit series MASH had quite a remarkable career. But did you know he also had an interesting personal life? He met his wife, Arlene Weiss, in the most peculiar way, and they have been together ever since. At …

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How Did Victims of Domestic Abuse Get Justice in Baltimore During the Mid-1900s?

Baltimore, Maryland, and Delaware are known for using flogging or whipping as a punishment during the 1880s to the mid-1900s. The latest flogging between the three states occurred in Delaware in 1952, which had the most whipping cases as more than 24 offenses were punishable by flogging.  A 56-year old law in Baltimore during the …

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Can You Predict if a Relationship Would Last?

According to Gottman and Levenson’s research, the success of a relationship isn’t dependent on fancy, grand gestures. Instead, it relies on the daily interactions of the partners and their attentiveness directed towards each other’s bids, wherein bids are the subtle acts one does to request a connection with the other.  John Gottman observed that successful …

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Who Developed the First Pregnancy Test?

Have you ever wondered how early civilizations determined their pregnancy status without using a modern-day pregnancy kit? According to an ancient Egyptian manuscript translated by experts at the University of Copenhagen reveals an outdated method of determining the sex of a baby and a woman’s pregnancy through the sprouting of grains.  Egyptian papyrus manuscripts dated …

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In the 20’s a freak show saved over 6500 premature babies’ lives. Hospitals would leave them to die; but a “fake” Dr by the name of Martin Couney would display the babies in an experimental glass case called an incubator. He used the proceeds to pay for the show, seeing an 85% survival rate.

The Man Who Ran a Carnival Attraction That Saved Thousands of Premature Babies Wasn’t a Doctor at All Nurses in starched white uniforms and doctors in medical coats tended to babies in glass and steel incubators. The infants had been born many weeks premature and well below a healthy birth weight. Stores didn’t make clothes …

In the 20’s a freak show saved over 6500 premature babies’ lives. Hospitals would leave them to die; but a “fake” Dr by the name of Martin Couney would display the babies in an experimental glass case called an incubator. He used the proceeds to pay for the show, seeing an 85% survival rate. Read More »

The oldest method for pregnancy detection dated back 3500 years ago. Woman peed on barley and wheat seeds. If the seeds grew, she was pregnant. If the barley seed grew first it was a boy, otherwise a girl. If nothing grew she wasn’t pregnant. The method turns out it’s accurate 70% of the time!

Egyptian Papyrus Reveals This Old Wives’ Tale Is Very Old Indeed Throughout history, cultures around the world have come up with lots of folk prognostications for predicting the sex assigned at birth. If the mother craves sweets, it’s a girl; if she eats a lot of garlic, it’s also a girl. Have a healthy glow? …

The oldest method for pregnancy detection dated back 3500 years ago. Woman peed on barley and wheat seeds. If the seeds grew, she was pregnant. If the barley seed grew first it was a boy, otherwise a girl. If nothing grew she wasn’t pregnant. The method turns out it’s accurate 70% of the time! Read More »

Shirley Temple’s mother tried to make her childhood as normal as possible. She asked the parents of Shirley’s friends to not let their children see her films so they wouldn’t treat her differently, and she withheld all of Shirley’s fan mail until she was much older.

5 Stories About Shirley Temple Former child actress Shirley Temple has passed away at the age of 85. But thanks to DVDs (and Turner Classic Movies), she will remain a dimpled, curly-topped 5-year-old for generations to come. We hope you enjoy these stories about the life and career of Shirley Temple Black. 1. Pre-Natal Stage …

Shirley Temple’s mother tried to make her childhood as normal as possible. She asked the parents of Shirley’s friends to not let their children see her films so they wouldn’t treat her differently, and she withheld all of Shirley’s fan mail until she was much older. Read More »