When answering all those questions children ask, (sometimes with a sarcastic tone of voice, depending on the question) I've learned a thing or two. I can't necessarily recall this information when needed. Some facts may not be quite correct. Some may not even be facts! But all this stuff is stored in this 'great brain' of mine!
--Elizabethans loved to have very pale skin so they used white makeup. Made of lead. Which ate holes in their skin, causing them to need more makeup. They also plucked their hairline to achieve a high forehead to look more intelligent.
--Powdered buffalo dung was used as an absorbent in Native American infants diaper area.
--The call number for books on Vietnam is 949.704.
--Young Adult authors, Scott Westerfeld and Justine Larbalestier are married and split their time between Australia and the US.
--George Washington was an elitist who thought he was all that.
--Atheism is not a religion and there are, in reality, very few people who conform to the definition of atheists.
--Otto Titzling wasn't a real person. Thomas Crapper was.
--The Texas Rangers were formed in 1835 and in 1935 became a part of the Texas Dept. Public Safety.
--Spirit Bears are a subspecies of the black bear--white in color.
--Vikings probably did not make it to Oklahoma.
--Coffee should be brewed at just the right temperature for the optimal amount of time to avoid it being bitter or weak.
--Amistad was the name of the last slave ship.
--Charlie Chaplin was blacklisted as a suspected communist.
--The hysterical girls who accused people of being witches in Salem might have been having hallucinations because they ate bread made with moldy wheat.
What crazy things do you know?
Many stories herein are subject to the faulty, and sometimes creative, memory of the blog owner and should not be taken as factual, although the names and events are real! Kind of.