The world’s first successful contact lenses were anything but comfortable. The first lenses were made by Dr. Adolf Fick in 1888 from blown glass. The lenses had some serious drawbacks, ...

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Penicillin is considered one of the greatest achievements in medicine. This antibiotic allowed doctors to successfully treat and cure patients with deadly infectious diseases. Its discovery came by accident, its ...

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London city streets are notorious for being difficult to navigate or understand, but for London taxi drivers who have to ferry passengers to any part of the city without delay, ...

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The Pacific island country of Tuvalu In 1995, the tiny Pacific island country of Tuvalu received news that it had been assigned “.tv” by the Internet Telecommunication Union as its ...

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Six degrees of separation is the theory that any person can be connected to any other person through other people, with there being no more than five intermediaries between the ...

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Edwin Booth as Hamlet Less than a year before John Wilkes Booth assassinated Abraham Lincoln, Booth’s brother, Edwin Booth, saved Lincoln’s oldest son, Robert Todd Lincoln, from being injured and ...

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The teddy bear is the namesake of President Theodore Roosevelt and originated in 1902 when the president refused to kill a bear that his hunting party had captured. But there’s ...

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Guitar player Jimi Hendrix was known for his lively shows, amazing skills, and amped-up sound, but Hendrix once opened for a band that was his opposite. In 1967, Hendrix became ...

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A black robe is often associated with a judge in a court, but why do judges wear black robes and not some other color or garment? Wearing a robe has ...

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In 1958, 17-year-old Robert G. Heft was assigned an American history project while attending Lancaster High School in Ohio. There were discussions about adding Hawaii and Alaska as new states, ...

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For decades, Homer and Langley Collyer lived in seclusion in a brownstone at 2078 Fifth Avenue in Harlem, New York. The Collyer brothers became known as the worst hoarders in ...

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