The Men Who Intentionally Poisoned Themselves In The Name Of Health

Before federal food safety regulations really existed in the U.S., one man made it his duty to prove that food additives were harmful to human health — and he did so in a rather unconventional way.

Poison Squad

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At the turn of the 20th century, Harvey Wiley, Chief Chemist of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, started inviting people into the basement of his office building for extraordinarily well-prepared meals. The meals were free and prepared by a top chef, often with locally-sourced ingredients. The catch? All the dishes were laced with poison.

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The Dark Side of George Washington

George Washington was the father of our country and first in the hearts of his countrymen, but that doesn’t mean he was a saint.

George Washington Portrait

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By any standards, George Washington was a great man and a great president, especially by the kind of diminished standards we have today. Born into what passed for the middle class in plantation Virginia in 1732, Washington was always an ambitious try-hard who made money, glory, and history as naturally as he breathed.

Like most really successful people, however, George Washington had almost supernatural good luck and a knack for shifting blame for his mistakes onto other people. On the 227th anniversary of his first presidential inauguration, it’s worth taking a moment to reflect on this, and how that sneaky streak aided in his rise to the top.

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20 Harrowing Scenes From The 1992 LA Riots

On April 29, 1992, the streets of Los Angeles broke into chaos.

The riots erupted after a mostly white jury did not reach an excessive force conviction against the four white police officers who were videotaped beating black motorist Rodney King after he fled from police in an attempt to outrun a speeding charge.

Soon after the jury’s verdict was announced, rioting, looting, and arson quickly spun out of control. By the time the National Guard came in six days later, 52 people were dead, over 4,000 were injured, and $1 billion worth of property had been damaged. These stark images from the LA riots reveal a city in total collapse:

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La Riots Aerial View

A fire department crew sprays water on a burning mini-mall. Photo: Mike Nelson/AFP/Getty Images

Rodney King Beating

Taken by by George Holliday on March 3, 1991, this image shows the Rodney King beating that ultimately led to the riots. Image: George Holliday/LA Times

Apartment Fire

People and their belongings line a sidewalk across from a burned out apartment. The apartment was attached to a row of stores that were set on fire and looted. Photo: Hal Garb/AFP/Getty Images

Busted Window

A rioter breaks a glass door of the Criminal Courts building, downtown Los Angeles. Photo: Hal Garb/AFP/Getty Images

Bystanders Looters

Looters carry goods out of a shopping center. Photo: Hal Garb/AFP/Getty Images


A demonstrator protests the verdict in the trial of the four police officers accused of beating Rodney King outside the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) headquarters. Photo: Mike Nelson/AFP/Getty Images


Gang graffiti after the riots, South Central Los Angeles. Photo: Visions of America/UIG via Getty Images


A National Guardsman stands watch over a strip mall in South Central Los Angeles during day two of the riots. Photo: Steve Grayson/WireImage

King Verdict

An unidentified police officer watches rioters in hand restraints. Photo: Douglas Burrows/Liaison

La Times Cover Story

The front page of the LA Times during the riots. Photo: LA Times

Liquor Store Looters

Looters leave a liquor store with cases of beer. Photo: Hal Garb/AFP/Getty Images


Rioters destroy an iron gate from a store in downtown Los Angeles just hours after citywide rioting and looting broke out. Photo: Wade Byars/AFP/Getty Images

Military Truck

National Guardsmen and a police officer take up security positions in front of a burned and looted shopping center on day three of the riots. Photo: Hal Garb/AFP/Getty Images

National Guard

National Guardsmen watch a business go up in flames in South Los Angeles. Photo: Hal Garb/AFP/Getty Images

Police Fire

A California Highway patrolman directs traffic around a shopping center engulfed in flames on day two of the riots. Photo: Carlos Schiebeck/AFP/Getty Images


Part of a group of about 100 protesters gather outside the East County Courthouse in Simi Valley, California on May 5, 1992 to protest the Rodney King verdict. Photo: Hal Garb/AFP/Getty Images

Store Damage

A store owner and an LAPD officer survey the damage caused by looters. Photo: Mike Nelson/AFP/Getty Images

Store Fire

Flames roar from a Thrifty Drug store in the Crenshaw area of Los Angeles. Photo: Mike Nelson/AFP/Getty Images

Store Owner

A Korean store owner is comforted by a local resident after she returned to find her place of business looted and burned in South Central Los Angeles on day two of the riots. Photo: Steve Grayson/WireImage

Woman Yelling

A woman yells at Los Angeles police officers who are standing guard outside a shopping centeron day two of the riots. Photo: Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images

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4 Women Who Helped Pave the Way for Hillary’s Presidential Bid

Throughout the 20th and 21st centuries, a number of women have helped get the American electorate acclimated to the idea of a woman in the Oval Office. Here are four female presidential candidates you should know.

Female Presidential Candidates

From left: Shirley Chisolm (Wikimedia Commons), Margaret Chase Smith (Wikimedia Commons), Gracie Allen (Wikimedia Commons), Jill Stein (Flickr).

Hillary Clinton may have made headlines for the last near-decade as she’s sought the United States presidency, but she’s hardly the first woman to make waves by pursuing the nomination — nor is she alone in being chastised for it. Here are four women who helped pave the way for Clinton’s run, and some of the hurdles they faced.

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