Category: People

Chess Grand Master Ossip Bernstein was arrested by the Bolshevik…

Chess Grand Master Ossip Bernstein was arrested by the Bolshevik secret police and ordered to be shot. As the firing squad lined up, an officer asked if he was really the famous chess master. The officer made Bernstein play a game for his life against him. Bernstein won easily and was released.

Chess Grand Master Ossip Bernstein was arrested by the Bolshevik…

Chess Grand Master Ossip Bernstein was arrested by the Bolshevik secret police and ordered to be shot. As the firing squad lined up, an officer asked if he was really the famous chess master. The officer made Bernstein play a game for his life against him. Bernstein won easily and was released.

A study in Canada found that people now have a shorter attention…

A study in Canada found that people now have a shorter attention span than goldfish, just 8 seconds.

Philip Gale, a child prodigy committed suicide at age 19,…

Philip Gale, a child prodigy committed suicide at age 19, jumping from a classroom’s window. Before jumping he wrote on the blackboard Newton’s equation for how an object accelerates as it falls, along with a sketch of a stick figure tossing a chair. He signed it, “Phil was here”

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Medal of Honor recipient, Edward Carter, could speak five…

Medal of Honor recipient, Edward Carter, could speak five languages, fought in his first war at 15, and joined the Spanish Civil War to fight fascists at 20, before eventually fighting in WW2. Despite his heroism in combat, he and all other black awardees would not be recognized until 1997.

People have more empathy for abused puppies and dogs than they…

People have more empathy for abused puppies and dogs than they do for adult humans who have been abused, a study suggests.

Photo : U.S. Air Force photo/ Tech. Sgt. Vanessa Valentine

A University of Edinburgh study has found that intelligent…

A University of Edinburgh study has found that intelligent people are 30% more likely to have genes related to poor eyesight.

During WW2, the winner of the Tour de France, Gino Bartali, put…

During WW2, the winner of the Tour de France, Gino Bartali, put his fame to a good cause. He hid counterfeit document in his bicycle and smuggled them through Nazi checkpoints. These documents saved over 800 Jews lives.

The woman in the famous “Migrant Mother” photo was…

The woman in the famous “Migrant Mother” photo was Florence Owens Thompson, a Cherokee woman and widow who came from Oklahoma to California with her second husband during the Great Depression. Her 10 children all survived poverty and starvation and later bought her a house. She lived to be 80.

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Charlie No-Face or the Green Man was an urban legend about a…

Charlie No-Face or the Green Man was an urban legend about a monster who walked along the side of a highway at night in Pennsylvania. In reality, he was a man named Raymond Robinson, and he went out at night so that his face, disfigured in a childhood accident, wouldn’t scare people.