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Even though Benjamin Franklin is credited with many popular inventions, he never patented or copyrighted any of them. He believed that they should be given freely and that claiming ownership would only cause trouble and “sour one’s Temper and disturb one’s Quiet.”

Benjamin Franklin Never Sought a Patent or Copyright It’s fairly common knowledge that Ben Franklin, a member of the Committee of Five responsible for the drafting of the Declaration of Independence, was one of America’s first great entrepreneurs. From an extremely humble background (the youngest son of 17 children of a candle-maker), his businesses and …

Even though Benjamin Franklin is credited with many popular inventions, he never patented or copyrighted any of them. He believed that they should be given freely and that claiming ownership would only cause trouble and “sour one’s Temper and disturb one’s Quiet.” Read More »

Did Will Smith Turn Down the Lead Role in Django?

Will Smith, a great, all-around actor, didn’t get “jiggy” with Tarantino’s Django Unchained. And here’s what we know. Will Smith turned down the role of Django in Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained. He assumed that the lead role was Dr. King Schultz, a dentist turned bounty hunter. Christoph Waltz played Schultz’s role. Django Unchained Django Unchained …

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Why Was a School in Poland Named After an Indian Maharaja?

During the second World War, there were hundreds of displaced Polish children who were brought to Soviet orphanages. This happened during the time Germany invaded Poland in 1939. In 1942 Digvijaysinhji Ranjitsinhji Jadeja the Maharaja of Nawanager established the Polish Children’s Camp for the refugee children of Poland to save them from the harsh conditions …

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As President McKinley was dying, no one knew where Vice President Teddy Roosevelt was. When located in the wilderness he raced all night down mountain roads on a buckboard wagon in pitch black and pouring rains to be sworn in.

Only a few hours ago, he had been missing, hundreds of miles away from the dying President on the slopes of New York’s highest peak, Mount Marcy. Vice President Theodore Roosevelt’s wild midnight ride to the Oval Office was set in motion with an assassin’s bullet, an eerily trending catalyst of change in the preceding …

As President McKinley was dying, no one knew where Vice President Teddy Roosevelt was. When located in the wilderness he raced all night down mountain roads on a buckboard wagon in pitch black and pouring rains to be sworn in. Read More »

It was Thomas Jefferson was a serious foodie, who introduced America to waffles, Mac and cheese, Parmesan, olive oil, and champagne.

Today is Thomas Jefferson’s birthday, and what might the president, on his special day, have had to eat? And the meal may have been polished off with ice cream, pastry, pudding, or crème brûlée, and followed up with an after-dinner glass of Madeira, which Jefferson believed was good for the health. Though common dogma holds …

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In 1949 the Costa Rican government abolished their army, stating that the army “would be replaced with an army of teachers.” The country has free universal public education and a literacy rate of 97%.

Costa Rica (/ˌkɒstə ˈriːkə/ (listen); Spanish: [ˈkosta ˈrika]; literally “Rich Coast”), officially the Republic of Costa Rica (Spanish: República de Costa Rica), is a country in Central America, bordered by Nicaragua to the north, the Caribbean Sea to the northeast, Panama to the southeast, the Pacific Ocean to the southwest, and Ecuador to the south …

In 1949 the Costa Rican government abolished their army, stating that the army “would be replaced with an army of teachers.” The country has free universal public education and a literacy rate of 97%. Read More »