12 Historical Facts You Never Knew Happened.
1. Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederate States of America during the Civil War, never faced trial for treason.
The fear of him either proving the legality of secession to a jury or becoming a martyr if executed left the federal government clueless. He ended up walking away with no trial.
2. This is the only Cycad tree in existence.
And since it can only pollinate with another of its kind, we may not be having another Cycad tree again. The tree was moved to the Royal Botanical Garden after it was discovered in 1895. And the tree has remained there ever since. So, we might be waving this plant to extinction -just like we did to the dinosaurs- anytime soon.
3. Murderers were placed in a better circle of hell than bankers in Dante's Divine Comedy.
They are shown in the stinging sand, swatting sparks off their eyes.
4. After the collapse of the banking sector in 2008, Utah State introduced a Monday-Thursday work week.
After the new work calendar was instituted, organizations recorded fewer numbers of absence as well as higher morale and productivity of employees. Besides, there was a 14% reduction of carbon emission, dramatic traffic congestion reduction, and millions of dollars saved on energy.
Many experts suggest that four-day work week is much more effective and that the system is outdated.
5. Mark Hamill doesn't think Luke Skywalker is straight.
According to Mark, Luke, the character who always act like one who needs to talk with his father, is debatable. He thinks there is no shame in airing one's opinion on the sex orientation of the character. He also thinks Luke should not be judged by who he likes but by his character. The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams who shares Mark's opinion adds that only people who are "narrow-minded" would expect such a world to have no homosexual character.
6. The WWII-themed movie The Battle of the Bulge did so poorly at depicting history. This made Eisenhower - a former president and the commander of the allied forces in the war - to show up from retirement to criticize the production.
The film which was produced just two decades after the battle had several issues, some of which are, inaccurate details, the poor recreation of the winter condition as well as an ending which was different from that of the actual battle.
7. Alice Cooper's love for golf made him give up drinking.
This golfer experienced a dramatic turn around in his life when he took to the links. Now, he plays six round of games weekly with a handicap of two.
8. In the second world war, British and Japanese physicians re-hydrated the fighters intravenously with coconut water in the absence of saline.
9. In 2008, within three days, Elon Muk revived Tesla Motors and SpaceX from the verge of liquidation to a whopping $1.6 billion net worth.
Following three failed attempts to launch SpaceX, it finally got a breakthrough in September; and in December when they had run out of funds, NASA got a $1.5 billion contract. Barely 24 hours later, when the investment window had few hours to close, investors injected another $20 million into Tesla.
10. In the medieval Greek period, Greeks were prohibited from carrying shields and spears within the three-months-duration that led to their Olympics.
The Olympic truce allowed athletes and spectators to travel to Olympia safely.
11. Statistics show that books on ethics gets missing from libraries 50 percent more than other philosophical books.
12. A contributing designer of the famous titanic, Thomas Andrews Jr, was in the gigantic ship when it submerged.
Thomas recommended among others, water-proof bulkheads, and more lifeboats. Sadly, his recommendations were disregarded. However, Thomas rendered help to Captain Smith in evaluating the damage and as the sink sank deeper, he tried relentlessly to help people into the lifeboats. Unfortunately, he sank with the ship.
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