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JFK purchased 1200 Cuban cigars before signing the trade embargo 51 years ago

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed the trade embargo against Cuba. This effectively shut down trade between the US and Cuba because of Cuba's repressive form of government. It is still in effect today. However, Kennedy didn't sign it before he was able to secure some Cuban goods of his own.

The night before Kennedy signed the trade embargo, he asked his head of press, Pierre Salinger, to secure 1200 Cuban cigars for him. Salinger was successful, and Kennedy got his cigars before the embargo went into effect. Wonder if any of those are left over.


The Domincan Republic offered to take in 100,000 Jewish refugees in 1938!

The Jewish people that had escaped from Germany had nowhere to turn, because most countries were unwilling to take in so many refugees. Dominican Republic however, offered to take in 100,000 Jews, but why?

Rafael Trujillo, a Dominican Republic leader, wanted Western Nations to forget the fact that he had massacred 25,000 of his own citizens in 1937 – the year before he offered to take in so many refugees.

Rafael Trujillo is also believed to have wanted his countries inhabitants to have ‘whiter’ skin, and believed the refugees would come to his country and marry the women and produce lighter skinned children – and they did.

Only 5,000 Jews accepted visas to go to the Dominican Republic, and of those 5,000 visas that were given out, only 645 Jews actually made it to the Dominican Republic. The Jews that did make it were given 80 acres of farm land, 10 cows, a mule and a horse.

Many of the refugees that decided to stay in the Dominican Republic have become extremely wealthy! Click the source to learn this story’s happy endings.


7 Powerfully Inspiring Stories of Hope After 9/11

After 9/11, a Masai tribe gave America 14 cows!

Nine months after 9/11, an American diplomat visits a small Kenyan village. He was there to accept a gift from the Masai people to America. The gift? 14 cows. 

I understand you may be thinking that this is completely insignificant, but to the villagers, cows hold a very special meaning. Milk, beef and the occasional serving of cow’s blood are the cornerstones of their diet.

A person’s wealth can be measured by the amount of cows they own, and cows are a major part of their religion. Because of their major significance, the gift had a major impact when announced and hit headlines worldwide. 

The cows still live in Kenya and have since bred and became 35. They are tended to by one of the village elders and live amongst his herd. The American cows are distinguished from the others by an earmark of two bars, representing the twin towers. 

This story of compassion crossing cultures has since been turned into a children’s book, ‘14 Cows For America’. The book is popular with parents wanting to teach their children about 9/11 without upsetting them with the death and disaster. 


The KKK adopted a road in Missouri. In response, the state legislature renamed it after Rosa Parks

In 2012, the Ku Klux Klan, the United State’s most notorious white supremacy group, took a brief break from spreading hate to write and send an application to sponsor a one-mile section of Route 515 in the Appalachian Mountains.

Some, naturally, were very angry at this possibility. If the KKK sponsored a highway, this would give them permission to erect signs advertising their work. Civil rights leaders have asked the Georgia Department of Transportation to deny the group permission.

However, litigation in a similar case favors the KKK’s position. In 2005, the Missouri Department of Transportation lost a case in the U.S. Supreme Court after denying a high-way adoption application from another KKK chapter.

The KKK successfully argued that the First Amendment barred the Department of Transportation from denying an application because it disagreed with an organization’s political agenda.

However, immediately after the highway was adopted, the DOT renamed the road after civil rights icon Rosa Parks. Will Georgia try a similar tongue-in-cheek approach?


Famous mathematician Voltaire became rich by gaming a math flaw in French lottery

Voltaire was quite wealthy. You might assume that his riches came from the sale of his many writing pieces. You would be wrong. Voltaire won the French lottery, and let’s just say he didn’t do it honestly.

Voltaire teamed up with a statistician at the time named Charles Marie de la Condamine. Together, they recognized a flaw in the lottery. It ran from 1728-1730 and was meant to raise money for the French government. However, Voltaire and Condamine noticed that the government was offering a sum of prize money that was far greater than what they would make by selling all the lottery tickets.

To increase their odds, Voltaire and Condamine bought a number of tickets and won the lottery. Voltaire’s share was 1 million francs. He was set for the rest of his life and free to write and observe as he pleased.



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