The 1912 election was one of the most contentious in history. At this time in American history, the Republican Party was the liberal pro-change party, which had been formed on an anti-slavery platform; the Democratic Party, which dominated the South and had set up the Jim Crow segregation laws, was the conservative anti-reform party. Teddy Roosevelt would change all that. And during the campaign, Roosevelt’s life would be saved by the text of a campaign speech that he had folded up inside his pocket . . .
Today, we in the US take safe, clean, drinking water for granted. But it wasn’t very long ago that drinking the water in any major city was a pretty good way to die. We can thank a man named John Leal for solving that problem–in the face of public anti-science ignorance and hysteria.
She may be the most famous medical patient in US history who was never sick. “Typhoid Mary” infected at least 45 people in New York City and killed at least 3, and also touched off a legal battle that still resonates today. Here is her story.
Florida is the land of invasive species. Because of our status as a center for the importing of exotic pets and houseplants from overseas, and our neo-tropical climate, we have been invaded by everything from kudzu plants to Burmese pythons. One of Florida’s most famous invaders is actually a hybridized version of an earlier immigrant, one that has already been here for centuries.
Robert Lincoln, eldest son of assassinated President Abraham Lincoln who was with him when he died, was also present at the scene of two other Presidential assassinations–and once had his life saved by a member of the Booth family.
Corn flakes cereal is a staple on breakfast tables all over the world. Today it is marketed as a healthy part of a balanced breakfast. But corn flakes were originally invented by a fanatically religious doctor as a way to stop people from masturbating.
It has the most potent venom of any animal in North America. It is spectacularly colored, with bright red, yellow and black bands. It is lots more common than many people think. Yet few people in Florida have ever actually seen a Coral Snake.