Monthly Archives: August 2013

August 31, 2009

On THIS DATE IN TWISTED-HISTORY in 2009, Ireland reported that it had experienced the highest number of births for a year since 1896. It should also be noted that in 2007, Irish pubs adopted the American custom of “Ladies Nights” … Continue reading

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August 30, 1831

On THIS DATE IN TWISTED-HISTORY! in 1831, Charles “The Chuckster” Darwin refused to travel on the HMS Beagle, and screamed that his contract demanded that his state-room have a tin filled with only the green M&Ms, a plushy tortoise throw … Continue reading

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August 29, 2012

On THIS DATE IN TWISTED-HISTORY! in 2012 the venom of the Brazilian wandering spider (also known as the banana spider) was found to be effective in relieving erectile dysfunction. Central and South American women have known of this spider for … Continue reading

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August 28, 1845

On THIS DATE IN TWISTED-HISTORY! in 1845 Scientific American published its first issue and the lead story was “Improving Rail-Road Cars”. It quickly became a well respected magazine in the scientific community due to printing articles about space research, botany … Continue reading

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August 27, 1971

On THIS DATE IN TWISTED-HISTORY! in 1971 an attempted coup failed in the African nation of Chad. Chad blamed Egypt and Libya for attempting to convince Syria and Sudan that Chad had been going out with Kuwait, when nothing could … Continue reading

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August 26, 580 CE

On THIS DATE IN TWISTED-HISTORY! in 580 AD, the Chinese invented toilet paper. Up until that time wet sponges (the Romans), the odd shaped leaf, re-washable cloths, and the occasional startled cat or wandering sheep was used. It is also … Continue reading

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August 25, 1609

On THIS DATE IN TWISTED-HISTORY! in 1609, Galileo Galilei demonstrated his first telescope to a group of Venetian lawmakers. It had the power to magnify objects at three times the power of normal eyesight and it quickly impressed the lawmakers, … Continue reading

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August 24, 2006

On THIS DATE IN TWISTED-HISTORY! in 2006, the member planets of the Solar System were called together to vote on the membership applications of Ceres, Makemake, and Eris. The planet Mercury was enthusiastic in its pleading to allow the three … Continue reading

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August 23, 1995

On THIS DATE IN TWISTED-HISTORY! in 1995, Larry Hagman, who played Major Nelson on ‘I Dream of Jeannie’ and J.R. Ewing on ‘Dallas’ had a liver transplant. As his original liver was being removed, the new liver screamed and cried … Continue reading

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August 22, 564 CE

On THIS DATE IN TWISTED-HISTORY in 564 AD, Saint Columba, an Irish Christian missionary, reported seeing and battling a ferocious water monster in the River Ness and banished it to the depths of the river. The next confirmed sighting of … Continue reading

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