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Jesus wasn't necessarily a carpenter. The word Tekton (root of technology, technical) was translated to carpenter, but means more generally a skilled maker or builder in various mediums.


Jesus is generally known as being a carpenter during his life, but that wasn't necessarily his profession. He is identified as the son of a "tekton", and is called a tekton himself in Mark 6:3.

Tekton has been traditionally translated into "carpenter," but it's actually a general word that can mean a maker of objects with any material, including builders.

Some scholars argue that tekton could equally mean a highly skilled craftsman in wood or the more prestigious metal, perhaps running a workshop with several employees.

It's also been pointed out that the terms 'carpenter' and 'son of a carpenter' are used in the Jewish Talmud to signify a very learned man, and he suggests that a description of Joseph as 'naggar' (a carpenter) could indicate that he was considered wise and highly literate in the Torah.

The specific association with woodworking was a constant in Early Christian writings, though. Justin Martyr (died c. 165) wrote that Jesus made yokes and plows, and there are similar early references.

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Why can't you sell your Superman fan fiction? Bill Clinton!


Since the dawn of creativity, people tried to find a way to protect what was rightfully their work and ideas.

Copyright provided the perfect solution of allowing a creator to obtain some revenue for their work while allowing it to enter the public domain after some years.

However, over the last century that journey to the public domain has gotten longer and longer—and that's why you can't sell your Superman fan fiction!

Bill Clinton signed the Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act in 1998 to extend the life of copyrighted material an extra 20 years, an additional fifth of a century! People looking forward to reinventing, reissuing and revive some of the most iconic works of the 20th century would have to sit on it for another significant patch of time. Maybe they can pass the idea down to their children!

If it weren't for the Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act of 1998, Superman would have entered the public domain on January 1, 2014. That would have been really bizarre, especially since the Man of Steel continues to be in contemporary pop culture and big blockbuster movies!

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There is a legitimately made beer named 'Fucking Hell'. How did they get away with this?


Freedom of speech is generally granted in most modern nations, but there are always certain restrictions such as yelling "fire" in a crowded place.

Free speech doesn't completely apply to names of goods, as there are some restrictions on this (for good reason).

Despite this, you'd still be able to order a pint of Fucking Hell, a German Pilsner or pale lager brewed by the Waldhaus Brewery located in the Black Forest. How could they get away with this name?

The beverage is named after the village of Fucking in Austria, and hell is the german word for "pale" and is typically used to describe this kind of beer. Because of this, it's a completely legal name, though that didn't stop people from objecting to it.

Both the local authorities in Fucking and the European Union's Trade Marks and Designs Registration Office initially objected to the name. The Mayor of Fucking was against it as it wasn't going to be brewed in Fucking.

The trademark was initially denied, but after the founders argued their case, it was granted. These two also claim that they intend to use the brand name to produce Fucking Hell branded food and clothing, so look for it in a store near you!

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Greed may be good on Wall Street, but it certainly wasn't in Ancient Rome. Roman tribune Gaius Gracchus was, first and foremost, a social warrior. The changes he made in office turned him into a belo


Greed may be good on Wall Street, but it certainly wasn't in Ancient Rome.

Roman tribune Gaius Gracchus was, first and foremost, a social warrior. The changes he made in office turned him into a beloved celebrity among many Roman citizens. However, it also landed him in hot water with fellow politicians.

During a day of extreme political unrest, a feud broke out between Gracchus' supporters and the supporters of one of his opponents, senator Lucius Opimius. The scuffle left Quintus Antyllius, one of Opimius' attendants, dead.

Opimius used his attendant's death as a way to demonize Gracchus. With the Senate's blessing, Opimius demanded that Gracchus turn himself over for trial. There would be no negotiations.

In response, Gracchus ran away and, with help from his slave, committed suicide at a sacred grove.

Opimius put out a reward for Gracchus' head, announcing that whoever retrieved it would receive its weight in gold. Soon, his head was discovered and brought to the Senate by a man named Septimuleius.

However, when Opimius weighed his former opponent's head, it measured in at over seventeen pounds. After some investigation, it was discovered that Septimuleius removed Gracchus' brain and filled his head with molten lead.

For his dishonesty, Septimuleius received no reward. Instead of removing someone else's brain, perhaps he should have used his own.

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There is a mine in Pennsylvania where federal employees process retirement data manually and on paper - moving paperwork from desk to desk without capturing it on computers!


The weirdest workplace of the U.S. Government has to be the caverns of an old Pennsylvania limestone mine which was turned into offices for the Office of Personnel Management. Here 600 employees work 20 stories deep underneath the Pennsylvania countryside.

It is not only the location that is weird, but the method they use to do their job is most astounding!

The federal employees in the caverns process retirement paperwork of other federal employees – manually and on paper!

Yes, you read it correctly. The data is not punched into a computer, but is manually processed and kept in manila files!

This is done by retrieving records from filing cabinets and then moving it through the system from desk to desk and from cavern to cavern, following five steps in this snail pace process that is just as slow today in this age of computer technology, than it was in 1977!

This process is not done underground because it is top secret. The only reason these offices are in an old mine is because it was the only space the government could find that was large enough to accommodate the 28,000 file cabinets in one space!

During the past 30 years more than $100 million was spent in an effort to automate the old-fashioned process and make it run at the speed of computers, but for some unknown reason this did not work and the mine, its workers and its paperwork are still stuck in the distant past.

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