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Things You Didn’t Know About Abraham Lincoln

I’ve never been a big history buff even though it certainly intrigues me, but one of the things that has always caught my attention is the history behind presidency. Browsing through the web last night I ran across multiple facts about Abraham Lincoln in different sources coincidentally.

One of the most amazing photos I have ever seen about the history of the United States is this professionally colorized real photo of Abraham Lincoln.

Professionally colorized photo of president Lincoln.
Professionally colorized photo of president Lincoln.

Source: Reddit

Another fact that intrigues me about Abraham Lincoln is that he actually had 2 life masks made before he was assassinated. They are near replicas of his face, and can be printed out via the Smithsonian website.

Lincoln Life Masks. Left mask was done in 1860, Right mask was done in 1865.
Lincoln Life Masks. Left mask was done in 1860, Right mask was done in 1865.

Source: Mental Floss

To finish off this post, here are some other random facts about Abraham Lincoln I bet you didn’t know (I sure didn’t).

  • He was the first president to be assassinated.
  • He had deep depression, even though he would frequently tell jokes and stories to friends and family.
  • He was the tallest U.S president at 6’4″.
  • His birth mother died from milk sickness.
  • He was the first president to have a beard.
  • He was fond of pets and owned many.
  • One week before his death, he had a dream of someone crying in the White House, when he found the room; he looked in and asked who had passed away. The man in the room said the President. When he looked in the coffin, it was his own face he saw.

Source: A Lincoln Library

Interesting Articles

It is great that the internet has allowed easy access to so many informative websites. I feel like most people aren’t aware of most of these websites out there with all these neat articles and informative content. I’d like to share just some of the articles on a few different websites that I have come across today.

Why do  Zebras have stripes?
There has been a debate since the 1870s between scientists about why Zebras have stripes. There has been many theories including that they repel insects, provide camouflage, reduce body temperature, confuse predators, or help the animals interact socially. A group of researches went out to test these theories on a study that included basically every single species of Zebra known to man, which by the way, I found out are species of the equid group. They found that the only factor which is highly associated with the Zebra’s stripes is that they help repel biting flies. This is due to earlier research findings that horse flies are attracted to the polarization of reflected light, and a striped pattern disrupts this appealing polarization.

Source: Mental Floss

The 5 biggest disasters in marketing history
You guys all remember the advertisements on television from Blockbuster telling us that they would no longer charge customers late fees? Well that was an advertising gimmick that was supposed to help them compete with the growing streaming video services. Unfortunately they didn’t really abolish these fees, instead they basically renamed them to things like “restocking fess” and “administrative cost”. These were all fees that would actually end up costing more than the late fees that they supposedly got rid of. A few more bad decisions and lawsuits later, they finally went out of business. This is just one of 5 marketing disasters you can read about in this article.

Source: Cracked

Midair Plane Collision
This is an interesting video I found while reading about amazing events caught on video, this is certainly one of them. This is as the title suggests, a collision of 2 planes in midair. What makes this video amazing is that it was filmed from within the plane at time of impact, by more than 3 Go Pro Cameras attached to the skydiver’s helmets.

Remember Steve from Blue’s Clues?

I always wondered why the original host of Nick Jr.’s “Blue’s Clues” left. I often heard stories of him having to leave due to cancer, so Imagined he probably passed soon after. I never bothered to do any actual research on it, but we all remember that show that thought our little nephews, cousins, or kids how to count and sing catchy songs. It turns out that Steve Burns actually voluntarily left the show after 5 years to pursue a career of singing in a band. Here’s a video of a song of his first and last album ever released back in 2003.

My State’s Dumb Laws

I’m currently residing in North Carolina, and I’ve always know this state as being a little too far under the bible belt. We have laws against selling alcohol before noon on Sundays, and gay marriage is a pretty big debate here. This led me to search what other crazy laws this state has, and I was surely not disappointed. I found quite a few, but here are the most interesting ones, along with some information on them.

Click on the panes to reveal information I found on each of these laws.

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[pane title=”It is a felony to steal more than $1000 of grease.”]This is a law that apparently became effective this year. In North Carolina small bio fuels producers use leftover grease to create biodiesel that can be used to run special equipped automobiles or home heating systems. These small companies buy grease from restaurants that would otherwise discard it. Grease has gone from being trash to a valuable resource in the past recent years due to this new technology, and as with everything else valuable, comes the act of theft. This new law makes it so that anyone caught stealing more than $1,000 worth of grease would be guilty of a low level felony, and anyone stealing less than $1,000 of grease would be guilty of a misdemeanor.[/pane]
[pane title=”While having sex, you must stay in the missionary position and have the shades pulled.”]I found no information on this law, but I did find that many other websites recognized this as a law from North Carolina.[/pane]
[pane title=”A marriage can be declared void if either of the two persons is physically impotent.”]This law doesn’t say that the marriage must be automatically void if both people are impotent, but rather that it can be void. “…or between persons either of whom is at the time physically impotent…” Source: Chapter 51, Marriage, Article 1, General Provisions 51-3.[/pane]
[pane title=”Serving alcohol at a bingo game is not allowed.”]”Allowing gambling in houses of public entertainment; penalty.” This law is meant to prevent people from getting drunk and gambling their life away, but it technically includes Bingo, since it involves stakes in some places.[/pane]
[pane title=”Organizations may not hold their meetings while the members present are in costume.”]No holding meetings or demonstrations while wearing masks, hoods, etc. Basically no wearing anything on your face if you’re 16 or older, unless you get written permission from the owner or occupier of the property, and the written permission must be submitted and recorded in your county. This law was meant to discourage KKK members from operating within the state. They are known for wearing white hoods and organizing meetings or demonstrations.[/pane]

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It’s hard to believe that some of these laws even exist, but I did find that as crazy as some of these sound, it seems some of them are actually necessary. If you want to know what crazy laws exist in your state, you can check them out at http://www.dumblaws.com/.