Stuff That Blows My Mind: History Edition

09/14/2013 6:50 pm
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The year 1990 is closer to the moon landing than it is to present day.

Nintendo and Coca-Cola were founded in the same decade. (1880's)

Galileo (died in 1642) could have visited Harvard (founded in 1636)

First commercial fax service was in the same year the Civil War ended. Eleven years before the telephone.

The Guillotine stopped being the official method of execution in France the same year that MS-DOS premiered. (1977)

There were people born during Japan's Samurai era that saw the Atom bomb.

Harriet Tubman was alive when Rosa Parks was born.

Samuel J. Seymour, the last person alive to be present at Lincoln's assassination, died in 1956, a handful of months after appearing on a game show.

The T-Rex lived closer in time to us than to the Stegosaurus.


scott.jpgScott - Get Up! Get outta here! Gone!
09/16/2013 @ 02:31:09 PM
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Fact Check: NutCan writer claims Coca Cola was founded in 1889; Ruling: sketchy, but probably false
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Coca-Cola_Company
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coca-Cola
http://heritage.coca-cola.com/
https://www.google.com/#q=coca+cola+founded
Founded: 1886 or 1892, depending on the source, and definition of "founded"

The concoction was invented in 1886, the brand and and formula sold in 1889, and the company was first incorporated in 1892. Most sources I see put the "founded" date at 1886.
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Scott edited this 5 times, last at 09/16/2013 2:40:07 pm
jeremy.jpgJeremy - 8953 Posts
09/17/2013 @ 03:03:11 PM
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Ha, I double checked the Nintendo one (which to be fair, was the "point" of that one) but not Coke.
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scott.jpgScott - 6225 Posts
09/17/2013 @ 03:50:39 PM
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I figured the point was that Nintendo was invented a long freaking time ago. But in the words of a Wisconsin native and former Vice Presidential candidate, you weren't going to let the content of NutCan be dictated by fact checkers.
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