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How Did a Sewer Worker Get Inside the Gold Vault of the Bank of England?

With all the complex underground systems in England it isn’t a surprise to find secret passages that would lead to various places around the city.  In 1836 a sewer worker accidentally discovered an old drain that ran under the Bank of England’s gold vault. He requested a meeting with the upper management of the bank, …

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The number of men working in a lighthouse in the UK was increased from 2 to 3 following an 1801 incident where one half of a duo died, the other placed him outside and was then driven mad by the wind causing his dead colleagues arm to appear to beckon him.

Smalls Lighthouse Smalls Lighthouse stands on the largest of a group of wave-washed basalt and dolerite rocks[3][4] known as The Smalls approximately 20 miles (32 km) west of Marloes Peninsula in Pembrokeshire, Wales, and 8 miles (13 km) west of Grassholm. It was erected in 1861 by engineer James Douglass to replace a previous lighthouse …

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In 1848 entrepreneur James Lick arrived in San Francisco with 600 lbs of chocolate to sell. When all of his chocolate sold quickly, he urged his confectioner friend in Peru to come to San Francisco and start his own Chocolate company. That confectioner’s name is Domingo Ghirardelli.

Lick arrived in San Francisco, California, in January 1848, bringing with him his tools, work bench, $30,000 (the relative value in 2017 is $941,000) in gold, and 600 pounds (275 kilograms) of chocolate. Upon his arrival, Lick began buying real estate in the small village of San Francisco. The discovery of gold at Sutter’s Mill …

In 1848 entrepreneur James Lick arrived in San Francisco with 600 lbs of chocolate to sell. When all of his chocolate sold quickly, he urged his confectioner friend in Peru to come to San Francisco and start his own Chocolate company. That confectioner’s name is Domingo Ghirardelli. Read More »

In 1981 a man named Roger Fischer had an idea for a volunteer to have ICBM launch codes put in their chest cavity. In the event of an emergency, the volunteer would carry a knife to be killed with. It was meant to force the personal killing of one man to start the impersonal killing of millions.

In 1981, Harvard law professor Roger Fisher, director of the Harvard Negotiation Project, published a thought experiment in the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists: what if the codes to launch nuclear war were kept inside the chest-cavity of a young volunteer, and the President would have to hack them out of this young man’s chest before …

In 1981 a man named Roger Fischer had an idea for a volunteer to have ICBM launch codes put in their chest cavity. In the event of an emergency, the volunteer would carry a knife to be killed with. It was meant to force the personal killing of one man to start the impersonal killing of millions. Read More »

Country Time Lemonade once offered free legal assistance when children’s lemonade stands were being ticketed by local governments. The titled the service, Legalaid.

“Why would anyone stop kids who are trying to build strong work habits, have fun and become young entrepreneurs?” Country Time asked in a statement. So if your kid is fined for running a lemonade stand without a permit, now there’s help. The company asks parents to upload an image of the permit required or …

Country Time Lemonade once offered free legal assistance when children’s lemonade stands were being ticketed by local governments. The titled the service, Legalaid. Read More »

Quebec banned ads for toys and fast food aimed at children under 13, resulting in lowered childhood obesity rates.

After studying Quebec households, Sauder School of Business professor Tirtha Dhar found that advertising bans that bar commercials aimed at children resulted in fewer kids eating fast food and kids who weighed less than their national counterparts. In 1980, Quebec imposed legislation that banned advertisements for toys and fast food aimed at children under 13 …

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Della Porta (1563) invented a method of writing secret messages inside eggs. Ink transferred from the shell to the boiled egg inside. The message could only be revealed when cracked and peeled

“Della Porta” redirects here. For the architect, see Giacomo della Porta. Giambattista della Porta (Italian pronunciation: [dʒambatˈtista ˌdelːa ˈpɔrta]) (1535?[2] – 4 February 1615), also known as Giovanni Battista Della Porta, was an Italian scholar, polymath and playwright who lived in Naples at the time of the Scientific Revolution and Reformation. Giambattista della Porta spent …

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The pirate Benjamin Hornigold once raided a merchant ship just to steal the hats from the ship’s crew because his crew had gotten too drunk the night before and had thrown their hats overboard.

The hat-hungry Hornigold In 1717, Hornigold hunted down a merchant ship off the coast of Honduras. When they boarded the ship, Hornigold explained that he and his crew had gotten wasted the night before and thrown their hats into the sea. Hornigold organized small raids, using sailing canoes and a small ship to attack larger …

The pirate Benjamin Hornigold once raided a merchant ship just to steal the hats from the ship’s crew because his crew had gotten too drunk the night before and had thrown their hats overboard. Read More »

The first U.S. gold rush started in North Carolina in 1803 when a 12-year-old boy found a 17-pound gold nugget on his father’s farm. It supplied all the gold for the nation’s mints until 1829.

From 1830 to 1836, a certain bird swooped into Philadelphia’s U.S. Mint building so often that workers named him “Peter the Mint Eagle,” cared for him, and allegedly used him as a model for coin engravings for years to come. Today, it costs more than a penny to make a penny. Source: https://www.rd.com/culture/money-facts/ 16 Mind-Blowing …

The first U.S. gold rush started in North Carolina in 1803 when a 12-year-old boy found a 17-pound gold nugget on his father’s farm. It supplied all the gold for the nation’s mints until 1829. Read More »