Page 4 - History Facts

A 5th century Greek philosopher came up with the same theories Darwin did!

Empedocles was a Greek pre-Socratic philosopher and a citizen of Agrigentum, a Greek city in Sicily. Empedocles' philosophy is best known for being the originator of the cosmogenictheory of the four Classical elements

. He also proposed powers called Love and Strife which would act as forces to bring about the mixture and separation of the elements. These physical speculations were part of a history of the universe which also dealt with the origin and development of life. He also concluded that matter could neither be created nor destroyed, and developed a theory of evolution concluding that form followed function and that the most fit survived.

Influenced by the Pythagoreans, he supported the doctrine of reincarnation. Empedocles is generally considered the last Greek philosopher to record his ideas in verse. Some of his work survives, more than in the case of any other Presocratic philosopher. Empedocles' death was mythologized by ancient writers, and has been the subject of a number of literary treatments.


There Are Thousands of People Around The World Unable Travel Due To Not Being From Anywhere!

There are many people that fall into a “statelessness” category in which they are not recognized by any country due to their inability to figure out where they come from.

Thousands, in fact!

Because of this unfortunate circumstance, they are unable to obtain a passport. Without a passport, they are unable to travel to any other country, even if the country may be their original country.

Fortunately, as late as 2012, the International Stateless Persons Organisation was formed by HH Prince Dr. Fernando Macolor Cruz, coming from the Philippines. His main goal was to fight for human rights to stateless people all over the world as well as give them representation so they would be able to live and travel as normal.

His idea of this organization was thought of during a conversation in 2008 with an American advocate for stateless people. Finally, they were given the ability to legally register four years later.


Christmas Was Influenced By A Roman Festival That Encouraged Partying Drunk and Naked!

In the third and fourth centuries, the Roman Empire celebrated in honor of Saturn, a religious deity that favored agriculture.

In this holiday week, slaves were put to work, gambling was allowed, continual drunk partying and private gift-giving was all normal during this week.

This week started on December 17th and proceeded until December 23rd, the gift-giving day. Unfortunately, gift-giving wasn’t the only thing that happened during this week. Rape and other explicit acts were committed during this time and was scene as normal and “okay”.

After it’s removal from the calendar, this Roman festival was still held because of it’s success and tradition. Gingerbread men were also started during this time, as human-shaped cookies were considered delicacies.

This festival was also intertwined with the Christian culture in the fourth century to try and mass convert Christians into pagans. Because of the pagan origin of this festival, it was banned in Massachusetts until 1681. Because of this, the Jehovah witnesses do not celebrate the Christmas holiday season.


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Older employees volunteered in place of younger ones in both major nuclear plant accidents!

Nuclear power is an incredibly efficient power source that is clean and safe—a true step in the direction for the future as massive energy consumers.

That is, until something goes horribly wrong, of course.

Two major examples spring to mind: The Fukushima Daiichi plant in Japan after their massive 2011 earthquake and subsequent tsunami, and of course the 1986 Chernobyl disaster. Luckily, out of the tragedies come stories of immense heroism and selflessness.

In the wake of the earthquake that struck off the coast of Japan on March 11, 2011 seniors began to volunteer for the “suicide corps” cleanup duties to spare the younger workers' lives.

A team of over 250 members, all retirees age 60 and up, worked at the radiation-contaminated plant out of selflessness to the younger volunteers.

They probably got the inspiration from Chernobyl.

Aleksandr Grigorycich Lelechenko, deputy chief of the electrical shop, protected the young electricians by entering the electrolysis space three time to turn off the flow of hydrogen to the emergency generators.

The radioactivity he volunteered to endure ranged from 5,000 to 15,000 roentgens per hour, an unbelievable and lethal amount.


What could Seinfeld and a century old President possibly have in common?

Calvin Coolidge was President of the United States for a term starting in 1924.

In that same year he made it clear to family and close friends that he would not run for a successive campaign. This was only publicly announced in 1927, though, through very strange means.

Coolidge gave a note to his secretary, stating , “I do not choose to run for president in 1928.” At a conference, Coolidge handed out strips of paper bearing his statement to reporters and offered nothing further in way of explanation.

There was much speculation around his reasons for not wanting to run for a second term, many believing he wanted to be drafted by his party as a candidate and other suggesting he wanted to get back to his private life.

Coolidge’s rather famous saying popped up again in the wildly popular sitcom, Seinfeld. In an episode titled, The Race, Jerry says the phrase “I choose not to run," hinting at a possible reference to Coolidge 100 years previously.



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