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Polish priest Maximilian Kolbe provided shelter to 2000 Jews during WW2. He was later sent to Auschwitz where he volunteered to sacrifice his life for a stranger.

Maximilian Kolbe Maximilian Maria Kolbe OFM Conv. (Polish: Maksymilian Maria Kolbe [maksɨˌmʲilʲan ˌmarʲja ˈkɔlbɛ]; 8 January 1894 – 14 August 1941), a Polish Conventual Franciscan friar, volunteered to die in place of a stranger in the German death camp of Auschwitz, located in German-occupied Poland during World War II. He had been active in promoting …

Polish priest Maximilian Kolbe provided shelter to 2000 Jews during WW2. He was later sent to Auschwitz where he volunteered to sacrifice his life for a stranger. Read More »

Mary Jane Rathbun, better known as Brownie Mary became known for illegally baking and distributing cannabis brownies to AIDs patients in the 1980s. She was baking more than 4000 brownies per week. She was also known for wearing polyester pants suits and having a ‘sailors mouth’.

Brownie Mary For the zoologist, see Mary J. Rathbun. Mary Jane Rathbun (December 22, 1922 – April 10, 1999), popularly known as Brownie Mary, was an American medical cannabis rights activist. As a hospital volunteer at San Francisco General Hospital, she became known for illegally baking and distributing cannabis brownies to AIDS patients. Along with …

Mary Jane Rathbun, better known as Brownie Mary became known for illegally baking and distributing cannabis brownies to AIDs patients in the 1980s. She was baking more than 4000 brownies per week. She was also known for wearing polyester pants suits and having a ‘sailors mouth’. Read More »

When Freud left Austria, he was required to sign a document testifying that he had had every opportunity ‘to live and work in full freedom’ and had ‘not the slightest reason for any complaint’. He signed it, adding a remark of his own: ‘I can most highly recommend the Gestapo to anyone.’

Why Freud Chose Nazi Germany Over America His aversion to America was by no means unconscious: given the choice between safe passage to the United States and increasing oppression at the hands of the Nazis, Sigmund Freud chose to stick with the Nazis. The father of psychoanalysis — born on this day, May 6, in …

When Freud left Austria, he was required to sign a document testifying that he had had every opportunity ‘to live and work in full freedom’ and had ‘not the slightest reason for any complaint’. He signed it, adding a remark of his own: ‘I can most highly recommend the Gestapo to anyone.’ Read More »

Actor Jack Gleeson, who played King Joffrey on Game of Thrones, said the scene he enjoyed the most after three seasons on the show, was when Joffrey’s corpse was lying on a plinth in the set with ceremonial stones covering his eyes, because he got to sleep for the whole day.

Jack Gleeson on Game of Thrones, the Time He Peed Himself on Set, and Why You Should Do Everything With Puppets Many of the actors who’ve died on Game of Thrones — and there are a lot of actors who have died on Game of Thrones — have moved onto Disney movies, superhero franchises, and …

Actor Jack Gleeson, who played King Joffrey on Game of Thrones, said the scene he enjoyed the most after three seasons on the show, was when Joffrey’s corpse was lying on a plinth in the set with ceremonial stones covering his eyes, because he got to sleep for the whole day. Read More »

To determine which movie characters best embodied psychopathic traits, forensic psychiatrist Samuel Leistedt and ten colleagues watched 400 movies over 3 years. Their winner: Anton Chigurh from “No Country for Old Men.”

Psychiatrists studied 400 movies to find the most realistic psychopath — here are their 6 key takeaways Two angles facing left, which often indicate, “return to the beginning.” Two angles facing right, which often indicate, “advance to the end.” Orion Pictures Psychopathy, loosely defined, is a combination of cold-heartedness and violence. The most extreme psychopaths …

To determine which movie characters best embodied psychopathic traits, forensic psychiatrist Samuel Leistedt and ten colleagues watched 400 movies over 3 years. Their winner: Anton Chigurh from “No Country for Old Men.” Read More »

Scandinavians are adamant about letting their children nap outside, even in cold weather. Parents report that babies take longer and deeper naps when they sleep comfortably bundled up outside.

How to Parent Like a Scandinavian When I became a mom in the U.S., the parenting experience was nothing like I had expected. The playgrounds, which I thought would be teeming with children, were often deserted. Most young children seemed to be either glued to a screen at home or being drilled with academics at …

Scandinavians are adamant about letting their children nap outside, even in cold weather. Parents report that babies take longer and deeper naps when they sleep comfortably bundled up outside. Read More »

The boycott was named after Charles Boycott, a man so hated that people wanted nothing to do with him

How the Irish invented the boycott after tenants were thrown off their land Captain Charles Cunningham Boycott, who unwillingly lent his name to history.Vanity Fair / Public Domain Have you ever wondered where the term “boycott” come from? Many might be surprised it originates from Ireland in the time of Charles Stuart Parnell. Charles Cunningham …

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Alec Guinness agreed to be in Star Wars (Obi-Wan Kenobi) only after his initial salary was doubled, and that he would receive 2.25% of all gross royalties paid to George Lucas, and never have to make a publicity appearance.

Alec Guinness Guinness’s role as Obi-Wan Kenobi in the original Star Wars trilogy, beginning in 1977, brought him worldwide recognition to a new generation, as well as Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations. In letters to his friends, Guinness described the film as “fairy tale rubbish” but the film’s sense of moral good – and the studio’s doubling of …

Alec Guinness agreed to be in Star Wars (Obi-Wan Kenobi) only after his initial salary was doubled, and that he would receive 2.25% of all gross royalties paid to George Lucas, and never have to make a publicity appearance. Read More »

Only 388k slaves out of a total 12.5 million that crossed the Atlantic were sold in the US. The rest (10.7 million) went to Mexico and South America.

How Many Slaves Landed in the U.S.? Perhaps you, like me, were raised essentially to think of the slave experience primarily in terms of our black ancestors here in the United States. In other words, slavery was primarily about us, right, from Crispus Attucks and Phillis Wheatley, Benjamin Banneker and Richard Allen, all the way …

Only 388k slaves out of a total 12.5 million that crossed the Atlantic were sold in the US. The rest (10.7 million) went to Mexico and South America. Read More »

The term scapegoat comes from an old Jewish ritual where they would put all the sins of the townspeople onto a goat and then banish that goat from town sending the burden of their sins with it.

Thus only shall Aaron enter the Shrine: with a bull of the herd for a sin offering and a ram for a burnt offering. And from the Israelite community he shall take two he-goats for a sin offering and a ram for a burnt offering. Aaron shall take the two he-goats and let them stand …

The term scapegoat comes from an old Jewish ritual where they would put all the sins of the townspeople onto a goat and then banish that goat from town sending the burden of their sins with it. Read More »