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Archive for August, 2008

18 August
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Best thing since sliced bread?

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What about sliced bread though?  We always say “since”, well lets look at that a little more…

It may get a lot of credit now, but at the time of its debut in 1928, sliced bread received less-than-rave reviews. Baker and inventor Otto Frederick Rohwedder had spent 15 years perfecting his bread slicer (finally settling on one that wrapped the sliced bread to hold it together as opposed to the hat pins he’d tried earlier), but consumers weren’t quick to convert. People found the sliced bread strange and senseless.

Read the whole article at mental_floss

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15 August
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Largest Ever Tyrannosaurus Rex Skeleton Ever Discovered

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Fossil hunter Susan Hendrickson discovers three huge bones jutting out of a cliff near Faith, South Dakota. They turn out to be part of the largest ever Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton ever discovered, a 65 million-year-old specimen dubbed Sue, after its discoverer.

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14 August
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Really Old Milk Found

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Prehistoric humans consumed milk at least 8,500 years ago—up to 2,000 years earlier than previously thought—new discoveries of the the earliest known milk containers suggest.  The find shows that the culinary breakthrough of using animal milk was first developed by cow herders in northwest Turkey.

Read the whole article at National Geographic News.

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13 August
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The History of 7-Eleven

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Before there were Starbucks on every corner, there used to be 7-Elevens everywhere.  The History of Business blog brings us the history of 7-Eleven…

The company started by John Jefferson Green 1927 as Southland Ice Company in Dallas. In addition to selling blocks of ice to refrigerate food, an enterprising ice dock employee began offering milk, bread and eggs on Sundays and evenings when grocery stores were closed. This new business idea produced satisfied customers and increased sales, and convenience retailing was born!

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12 August
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Chariot Racing Revival

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News from The History Blog…

Historical society Vadis Al Maximo wants to bring chariot racing back to the Circus Maximus.  It’s not as insane as it sounds, actually. Quadriga races have been held in Jordan and France over the past couple of years, with more to come this year in Germany and Bulgaria.

Get the whole story at The History Blog.

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11 August
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U.S. History T-Shirt

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Students!  Be prepared for your next U.S. History quiz in style.  Check out this t-shirt from Snorg Tees, with the answers to your next quiz printed upside down to make it easy to see!

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08 August
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History of The Wall Street Journal

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Journal Publisher of the Journal, Dow Jones & Company was founded in 1882 in a small basement office at 15 Wall Street in New York. One of the founder names Edward Jones then converted Customers’ Afternoon Letter into The Wall Street Journal which was first published in year 1889. Customers Afternoon Letter actually first published in year 1883 before conversion.

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07 August
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Forums Updated

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We are now using phpBB3 in the forms.  The old forums will be deleted soon so please update you favorites to point it’s new location http://www.historyonair.com/phpBB3/

Don’t worry all your old post are still there and you do not need to re-register.  Please let me know what you think of the new forums in the comments.  Thank you.

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06 August
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Women in the Holocaust

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This is a site that is…

Dedicated to all those woman who were murdered while pregnant.  Holding little hands of children or carrying infants in their arms on the way to be gassed.  In hiding.  To the mothers who gave their children to be hidden, many never to find them again.  To the righteous gentile mothers and the nuns in convents, who were hiding and protecting the children in their care.  Or as fighters in the resistance:  in ghettos, forests, partisan units

Link to Women and the Holocaust

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05 August
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The Warship ‘Vasa’

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This is a great post by Alex from the Military History and Warfare blog about ‘Vasamuseet’

The museum is unique in that it contains the world’s only completely intact surviving seventeenth century warship.

There are also some great pictures!  Thanks Alex for letting everyone benefit from your recent trip!

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