In the history of the US, there have been four Presidents who were cut down by assassin’s bullets. Probably the most obscure is the death of James Garfield, who was shot by Charles Guiteau in 1881. But Garfield’s assassination came at a time of profound change in the American political system–and in the end helped to push that change forward.
Garfield’s assassination; a contemporary newspaper illustration
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It is a fierce controversy, fought out with almost religious devotion by True Believers. Does “Chronic Lyme Disease” actually exist, is it a conspiracy of denial by medical science, or is it just an Internet hysteria?
The Lyme Disease spirochete photo from CDC
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The Fokker Dr1 Triplane is one of the most famous airplanes to come out of the First World War, mostly because of its association with the Red Baron Manfred von Richthofen. But in reality, the Fokker was plagued by problems, was made only in small numbers, and served for only a short time.
Fokker Dr1 on display at the USAF Museum
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In the early years of Florida tourism, many entrepreneurial showmen took advantage of the state’s tropical climate to set up staged “jungle” attractions. And thanks to them, Florida has one of its most adaptable and intelligent invasive species.
Rhesus Monkey photo from Wiki Commons
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“Morgellons Disease” is one of the oddest social phenomena of the 21st century. Its devotees claim to have an unknown disease in which their skin grows mysterious fibers; medical science is unanimous in concluding that the disease is not real. What is certain is that “Morgellons” is a product of the Internet Age. More specifically, it is the product of one person’s search on the Internet.
“Morgellons Disease” photo from CDC
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