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The U.S Civil war began and ended at this guy's house!

Wilmer McLean was a wholesale grocer from Virginia. It is said that the American Civil War started in his front yard and ended in his front parlor!

Wilmer McLean stood on the front porch of his two-story brick house awaiting the arrival of General Robert E Lee. In the early afternoon on that day, General Lee, accompanied by Colonel Charles Marshall, arrived on horseback.

At about 1:30 PM, a group of Union officers arrived on horseback. Several Union officers entered the parlor where General Lee was waiting. For the next hour and a half, General Lee and General Grant discussed and came to agreement on the terms of surrender of the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia, which, for all practical purposes, ended the long, bloody war.

The war struck close to home early on and McLean moved his family from northern to central Virginia out of concern for their safety, settling eventually in the home at Appomattox Court House. The First Battle of Manassas (Bull Run) took place on Wilmer McLean’s farm on July 21, 1861 and inspired the move. So, in a most unusual twist of fate, the Civil War started in McLean’s backyard in 1861 and ended in his parlor in 1865.


In 1906, a Congolese Mbuti pygmy was put on display at the Bronx zoo as an early example of human evolution.

Ota Benga was a Congolese Mbuti pygmy in the early 20th century. Benga was found and freed by a missionary in the Congo where he was being traded as a slave.

The missionary brought Benga to Missouri where he was put on display at the Louisiana Purchase Exhibition in St. Louis in 1904. By 1906 he was moved to the Bronx Zoo which had an anthropology exhibit featuring him and other Africans as early examples of human evolution.
The idea that non-Western people were examples of early stages in the human evolution was common in the early 20th century, especially since racial theories were mixed in with the idea of evolutionary biology. Benga, for his part, was given free range in the zoo when it wasn't his time to be "exhibited" along with the monkeys in the monkey house.
Many people opposed the treatment Benga was given and eventually a letter sent to the New York City mayor by a reverend ended Benga's captivity. The reverend took him in and places him in the Howard Colored Orphan Asylum in Brooklyn and made him a ward where the reverend was the supervisor. Eventually, the reverend spent his own money to clothe Benga properly, cap his teeth, and teach him English so that he could function in society.
He started working and saved up to move back to his homeland in the Congo. Unfortunately about that time World War I began and all routes out of the U.S. For civilians ceased. Benga grew so depressed that he ended up killing himself in 1916 at the age of only 32.


A matador's cape is red not to provoke the bull but to hide blood splatters!

Bullfighting is a Spain thing for the most part. It is also quite a violent and mean sport. The first thing most people think about is a bull charging the red cape held by the matador. The red cape is called a muleta and matador means killer for those who don't speak the Español.

It is a common mistake to think that the bull is charging at the red cape, because it is red. In all actuality, bulls are color blind. The cape is red so that it can hide the blood spatters later on when they spear the bull repeatedly and kill it. The bull is actually irritated by the movement of the cape.

The red cape is actually one of many capes used dutring the fight, and it's the last one used. Before, there are several other capes of different colors to taunt the bull into charging. The red one is brought out when they're really ready to spill some blood and kill it.


The CEO of Susan G. Komen for the Cure had a salary of $459,406 in 2010!

Most people don't like to realize that most nonprofit organizations make a lot of dough and keep it. They just get away with it. In the 2009-2010 fiscal year, the Susan G. Komen for the Cure earned $400 million. A little over 91% of that $400 million came from the public and the rest from interests and dividends and gains on investments.

The organization claimed $360 million in expenses for that year. Only $75.4 million of that went to research and $283.2 million went towards program services. Then $140.8 million went to public health education and $46.9 million went to health screening services. The final 5.6% went to treatment services. The other 76.8 million of the $400 million went to two places:fund raising costs and general and administrative costs.

That year, the organizations CEO, Nancy Brinker, made $417,712 and currently she makes $684,000 per year. Compared to the overall gain of the cancer organization it isn't that much, but it is quite a chunk of change for an organization that is supposed to not be profiting from it.

Brinker makes over a quarter million dollars more than even bigger organizations like Red Cross. In perspective, the Susan G. Komen for the Cure is about one tenth the size of the Red Cross.


9 Math Facts Guaranteed to Make You Smarter

There are 7 important math problems worth 1 million dollars.

Remember when you looked down at your math homework and asked "when am I ever going to use this." Well, here' s your answer. In order to celebrate mathematics in the new millennium, The Clay Mathematics Institute of Cambridge, Massachusetts (CMI) established 7 Prize Problems.

The CMI has said that they are the most difficult contemporary math problems, and have allocated $1 million for the solution of 1 problem. So far, only 1 of those math problems as been solved by Dr.Grigoriy Perelmen. So do you want to make some not so easy money? The source is all yours!



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