Page 9 - History Facts

Titanium spy planes during the cold war were built by The Americans... from Titanium that they covertly purchased from an unsuspecting Soviet Union.

The Cold War was essentially a war between the United States and the Soviet Union, only fought through allies instead of directly. Tensions were high throughout the entire thing, with the threat of nuclear war looming.

One of the most important technologies of the war was the spy plane. These plane were used by both sides to avoid being detected by radar to better carry-out missions and avoid unwanted attention.

The Americans were trying their hardest to build the best spy plane they could. They tested out planes at the famous Area 51, and often had to hide the planes on a moment’s notice when a soviet satellite would pass overhead.

They were working on a plane called the A-12. It was the first plane to use primarily titanium, which was necessary to withstand the high temperatures the plane would be exposed to while remaining relatively light.

The supplier of titanium the government used for this was running low on the material, so it had to be bought from other places around the world. One of those places was the rival Soviets!

In his book about the time he worked on the plane, Ben Rish said "Our supplier, Titanium Metals Corporation, had only limited reserves of the precious alloy, so the CIA conducted a worldwide search and using third parties and dummy companies, managed to unobtrusively purchase the base metal from one of the world's leading exporters - the Soviet Union."


Same-sex marriage was legal in the Middle Ages. Homosexual relationships were preferred in ancient Greece and considered natural in ancient Rome.

Attitudes toward homosexuality and same-sex marriage have changed over the ages and there seems to be a fluctuation when it comes to society's acceptance of homosexuality.

In ancient times, however, there was nothing strange about it and it was not frowned upon at all.

In ancient Greece same-sex relationships between men were actually often favored over relationships with women.

One ancient saying claimed that "Women are for business, boys are for pleasure." Ancient art and love poetry shows a deep emotional connection in same-sex relationships of that time.

In ancient Rome, homosexual and heterosexual were not even categories of Roman sexuality. No words exist in Latin to describe these concepts. It was socially acceptable and considered natural for men to have same-sex relations.

It is only after the Roman Empire came under Christian rule that legal penalties for homosexuality were instituted.

During the Middle Ages prominent figures such as Edward II, Richard the Lionheart, Philip II Augustus, and William Rufus were engaged in same-sex relationships.

There was a legal category called "enbrotherment." This allowed two men to effectively live together as a married couple. This could very well be the earliest form of same-sex marriage.

It seems that the intolerance toward homosexuality and same-sex marriage is actually a recently developed societal mentality and its origin is most likely embedded in religious belief systems.


Ketchup, both the word and the sauce, originated in China!

Ketchup is a condiment thought to be a staple of America. Few would taste it and think it has anything to do with Asia, yet most people don't know its interesting history.

The word for ketchup originates from the Chinese word "ke-chiap," which means, "brine of pickled fish or shellfish."

Ketchup was originally composed of fish brine and various herbs and spices and tasted much more like Worcestershire sauce than modern day ketchup.

The recipe for the sauce began to spread around Asia and eventually made it to Indonesia and Malaysia, where the British discovered it in the 17th century. The English sailors liked it so much they took it back to England, where they added tomatoes that had been brought over in the previous century from the New World, creating the first version of recognizable modern day ketchup!


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Toy companies tried to replace the Teddy bear with a Billy possum!

The teddy bear has been a childhood best friend for over a hundred years, but if the toy companies had gotten their way, we'd have been holding a different animal altogether!

Teddy bears really rejuvenated the toy industry in the early 1900's. The toy companies thought it was just a passing fad, though. They figured that once Roosevelt was out of office, the buzz would die down.

So what did they do to keep their profits up? They decided since it worked with one president, maybe it would work with the next.

When William Taft was elected, he feasted on the dish possum and taters. He was also presented with a stuffed possum by local boosters. They told him it would be the next big thing and replace the teddy bear.

The next day he told reporters how much he liked possum…esp

ecially eating it.

What came next was essentially a smear campaign against teddy

bears. The market was flooded with anti-teddy bear products, many featuring the new billy possum. One had a possum feasting on a roasted teddy bear.

In the end, the billy possum was a flop and teddy bears remained

in demand.Perhaps it has to do with the story behind the two toys. One showed off compassion towards a cute animal, while the other was about eating well. Let's face it, bears are cuter than possums anyway.


From 1963 until his death, Oscar Schindler survived only on donations he received from Jews!

Oscar Schindler was a Nazi German who was initially only interested in making money. He owned an enamelware factory and employed thousands of Jews.

At that stage he was only interested in the amount of money he was saving as they were low cost labor. His connections helped him keep his workers out of concentration camps.

But at some stage Schindler had a dramatic change of heart and he started protecting his Jewish workers, no matter what the cost. Through his efforts he saved the lives of more than 1200 Jews.

In a 1983 television documentary, Schindler was quoted as saying, "I felt that the Jews were being destroyed. I had to help them; there was no choice."

After the war Schindler had to flee Germany to avoid being tried as a war criminal because he was a member of the Nazi Party. He ended up in Argentina where he tried to make a living from raising chickens and selling fur, but it wasn't a success.

He returned to Germany where he attempted various business enterprises, but became bankrupt. Oscar Schindler survived from 1963 onwards only by donations sent to him from the Jewish people he'd saved all over the world.

He died on 9 October 1974 and is buried in Jerusalem, on Mount Zion. He was the only member of the Nazi Party to be honored in this way.



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