Page 5 - History Facts

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.


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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Why would an invention, declared free to the world, have that freedom denied to only one country on earth?

In the 1830’s, two inventors, unknown to each other were making great discoveries in the world of photography. In France, Louis Daguerre invented the daguerreotype process of photography and was regarded as one of the fathers of the industry.

At the same time, an Englishman by the name of Talbot was conducting his own experiments in the field of photography.

Reports came in of his French counterpart and Talbot assumed that the methods must have been similar to his own and thus wrote a letter to the Academy attempting to claim the invention for himself.

It turned out that the two processes were not the same, Talbot was inspired to continue his experiments which he had long-discontinued.

Just days before Daguerre’s invention was to be declared “free to the world,” his agent, Miles Berry, applied for a British patent. This made Great Britain the only country where a license was required for Daguerre’s invention.

One can only assume this was an intentional move by Daguerre and his team as a way of getting back at Talbot for attempting to lay claim to the invention. It may only be speculation, but I think it’s safe to say that Daguerre and Talbot weren’t the best of buddies.


Singapore remains the only country in history to gain its independence completely against its will.

When most people think of countries, they think of a country with its own by-laws, its own trade and foreign policies.

These are all benefits of being an independent state, the freedom to make your own decisions as a country. This is not the case for Singapore, when in 1965, was unanimously voted out of Malaysia.

In 1965, Malaysia consisted of a few entities, one being Singapore. There was plenty of unrest though, as there were arguments between the ruling political parties over economics and finance and everything else.

The Malaysian government saw the Singapore-based political party as a threat to their Malay-based political party. Along with all the other problems, there were also racial tensions and in 1965, the Prime Minister proposed to expel Singapore from Malaysia so as to attempt to dispel the many issue ravaging the country.

The leader of the Singapore-based political party, Lee Kuan Yew, did everything in his power to remain under the banner Malaysia, but failed. He described the day that Singapore gained its independence as a moment of anguish and that his whole life he believed in uniting the nations.



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