#4 The first sandwich in history

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The Bean Eater (1584), By Annibale Carracci, via Wikimedia Commons

Today’s fast-paced lifestyle has made food an afterthought — you get it fast, eat it fast, and that’s the end of it. I’d say this way of consuming things is a shame. Apart from being unable to savor the unique experience a dish has to offer, it also makes one less likely to encounter the stories that make up their meal.

Knowing about the origins of what I eat, at least for me, makes the dish that much tastier. …


One of the cruelest atrocities carried out by the Japanese during World War II

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World War II propaganda poster featuring the Bataan Death March (1943), Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

Deadly, cruel, and indiscriminate — all words that describe the Japanese World War II campaigns in the pacific. With a distorted sense of nationalism, Japan’s armies went around Asia in order to “liberate” countries from Western influence. However, what occurred was quite the opposite.

Their army raped, pillaged, and looted billions worth of civilian property. There was no mercy for women, children, or even prisoners of war.

One of the more iconic incidents of abuse known in history is called the “Bataan Death March.” …


“You’re fired!” said the American people to Donald Trump. He was the 11th American president kicked out of office.

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Donald Trump (2016), by Gage Skidmore with color removed by the author, CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Donald Trump was just fired from office by the American people. He joins an exclusive club of ten other presidents that could not convince their constituents to reelect them into office. Due to gross incompetence or uncontrollable economic downturns, their stories show that America isn’t afraid to drop a man unworthy of its highest office.

Excluding President Kennedy, who was killed before he could run for reelection, and those who chose not to run again, here are the ten former United States (US) Presidents — apart from Trump — who failed to maintain the presidency.

1. John Adams

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John Adams (1800), CC0 via Wikimedia Commons

John Adams was the first vice president of the United States of America and was also the first US president who could not win a second term. …


A deadly encounter with the Milwaukee Cannibal

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Photo by Joshua Ness on Unsplash

From 1978 to 1991, seventeen people lost their lives to a man known as the Milwaukee Cannibal. Jeffrey Dahmer was the serial killer and sex offender responsible for their deaths, and he would use their corpses for cannibalism, necrophilia, and the making of memorabilia.

On July 22nd, 1991, Dahmer would have killed his eighteenth victim, Tracy Edwards, were it not for the would-be victim’s daring escape.

Invitation

One evening, Dahmer approached three men drinking and offered them $100 if they modeled for his nude photography practice in his apartment. Among the three, only the thirty-two-year-old Tracy Edwards agreed to do so.

When they arrived at Dahmer’s place, several things raised Edwards’s suspicion. …


According to criminal history, these are telltale signs of violent tendencies

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Police News on Jack the Ripper (1888), by an unknown author, via Wikimedia Commons

Parent, friend, neighbor, or co-worker, all labels that a violent serial killer could have before their crimes come to light. You never know who might have criminal tendencies because, as social scientists say, Man has great potential for both good and evil. It has been that way for thousands of years.

But of course, this doesn’t stop professionals from mapping out patterns in criminal behavior.

If possible, killers are spotted before they cross the line, then there can be intervention to suppress their violent tendencies. This approach would save both their lives and the lives of their victims.

According to experts, here are five early warning signs that are indicative of a potential serial killer. …


It would have definitely created more problems for Houston

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Apollo 11’s mission control team (1969), by NASA via Wikimedia Commons, Public Domain

Back in the 1950s, the government of the United States of America once planned to detonate a nuclear bomb on the Moon’s surface. Yes, you read that right!

During the height of the space race against the Soviets, the United States (US) Air Force developed a plan called “Project A119.” The project’s now-declassified files reveal that US officials thought it would be worthwhile to make a powerful statement by dropping a bomb on the Moon. Their goal was to improve public sentiments of the administration’s space exploration efforts and do so in a spectacular fashion.

Critical points of Project A119

Initial findings of the lead physicist Leonard Reiffel provided that it would be relatively easy to hit the Moon with an intercontinental ballistic missile. He even stated that it could accurately hit its target position with a discrepancy of two miles. …


The job was disgusting as it was dangerous, so don’t read this while eating.

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Before the advent of plumbing, sanitation management was a 100% manual job in 15th century England. And the men tasked with this disgusting and dangerous job were called gong farmers.

Gong comes from the old English word “gang,” which meant “to go.” Their task primarily involved scooping out feces from public and private toilets for transfer out of the town. Another name for these laborers was “night men,” given that most of their disposal was done at night. The late-night nature of their work was because transferring poop was better kept out of the sight (and smell) of others.

What did they do?

15th-century toilets were essentially deep dark cesspits made to contain human waste until it filled up. Once the pits were full, gong farmers came in to empty them up. …


They whipped dogs and woke you up with their stick.

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Dog Whipper Statue in the Netherlands, Wikimedia Commons

The present-day Catholic Church is quite different from how it was between the 16th and 17th Centuries.

One radical difference was that masses were celebrated even with lots of different animals around, despite the capacity for these animals to cause a ruckus every now and then.

In order to make sure that the holy ceremonies were observed correctly, the Church employed what they called “Dog whippers.”

Dog whipping job and compensation

Official dog whippers of the Church were equipped with a three-foot-long whip and a pair of tongs that could be used to remove bothersome animals.

While service was ongoing, stray animals would often wander into churches to steal bread for communion or assault priests and attendants. …


In America, you can become President even if most people vote against you

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Photo by Brandon Mowinkel on Unsplash

Everyone but Trump and his supporters has just declared Joe Biden as the 46th President of the United States of America. This year’s election has been historic for many reasons, among those are voter turnout, the first woman to become Vice President, and crazy close margins in different states. Yet, I would argue that the most historic aspect of this year’s election is the refusal of Donald Trump to admit defeat.

He baselessly claims that the late comeback of “Slow Joe” in the elections was due to fraudulent votes and that he is the rightful winner based on the American electoral college system. …


And how it continues to silence voices today

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Scene at the Signing of the Constitution of the United States (1940), by Howard Chandler Christy, Wikimedia Commons

The United States of America is often praised as a free and fair democracy. Yet, it is the only country in the world wherein a presidential candidate with the most votes can legally lose an election. Its constituents can thank the electoral college system for that.

When Americans cast their vote for the President, they’re not actually voting for the President. Instead, they’re voting for who their state would vote for.

The weight of each state’s vote depends on its population, which is equivalent to the number of seats they have in the House of Representatives plus two representing their senators. …

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Ben Kageyama

Flâneur writing essays about history, true crime, and the occasional personal experience ||‎benkageyamawrites@gmail.com 平和!

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