Know Thy History

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So humbled and appreciative to be on the other side of an horrific week, literally living hell: murderous Gosnell abortionist on trial, Islamic extremist Boston bombers, ricin mailed to Obama plus one, and the West, Texas explosion. Counting blessings and hugging the ones we love. You know it’s a busy week in news when the egotistical brat known as Justin Bieber comments on the Anne Frank Museum in Amsterdam patronage directory ‘she would’ve been a Belieber’ like his other tween followers. He needs to get the shit beat out of him in a bar fight. He’ll get there, no doubt. I don’t think he’s old enough to drink yet.

As we know, everything ‘goes down in history’. Let us not forget this week. And how history is recorded is paramount.

These are some very rare, unseen WWII photos.

The place, the purpose, the Pope. Vatican City explained in 7 minutes.

Every person with any inkling of Egypt is familiar with Cleopatra and Antony. Little is told of their 3 children though. The oldest daughter from a set of twins, Cleopatra Selene, however, not only survived into adulthood but became an important and influential political figure in her own right. ‘She claimed descent from the mythological figure of the Greco-Roman demi-god Herakles / Hercules and the historical heroes Philip of Macedon, Alexander the Great, Ptolemy I Soter and Ptolemy II Philadelphos, as well as kinship with the Julio-Claudian emperors Augustus, Tiberius, Caligula, Claudius and Nero. Over the course of her eventful life she was first an Egyptian princess, then a Roman prisoner and finally an African queen. Ironically, unlike her mother and the contemporary female rulers Cartimandua of the Brigantes, Boudicca of the Iceni and Zenobia of Palmyra, who have been remembered for the domestic strife, civil wars and rebellions of their regimes, the reason little is known of Cleopatra Selene is because she was successful.’ I love coming across the little-known bits of history.

Everyone is familiar with the association between Popeye and iron-laden spinach. But how did this come about?

The truth begins more than fifty years earlier. Back in 1870, Erich von Wolf, a German chemist, examined the amount of iron within spinach, among many other green vegetables. In recording his findings, von Wolf accidentally misplaced a decimal point when transcribing data from his notebook, changing the iron content in spinach by an order of magnitude. While there are actually only 3.5 milligrams of iron in a 100-gram serving of spinach, the accepted fact became 35 milligrams. To put this in perspective, if the calcu­lation were correct each 100-gram serving would be like eating a small piece of a paper clip.


“Once this incorrect number was printed, spinach’s nutritional value became legendary. So when Popeye was created, studio ex­ecutives recommended he eat spinach for his strength, due to its vaunted health properties. Apparently Popeye helped increase American consumption of spinach by a third”

The error wasn’t corrected till 1935. But advertisers had already struck gold. Excerpt out of the book The Half-Life of Facts: Why Everything We Know Has an Expiration Date

We all know the cliché, ‘history is bound to repeat itself.’ Let’s pray this past one stays very far behind.

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