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Edwardian Era Fashion + The Realities of The Female Menstrual Cycle

Reality check: as any woman will tell you, your uterus doesn’t care how good you look in white. Periods are the number one way to ruin a pretty pair of panties, a nice dress or a pair of khakis. I don’t know about you, but I don’t take the luxury of black sweatpants lightly during my “monthlies” (as they were once coyly termed). What, then, was an Edwardian gal to do? Not only did they “dress for dinner” – they dressed for everything . It wasn’t uncommon for women of the aristocracy (think Lady Mary of Downton Abbey) to change into multiple dresses a day. That’s why having a lady’s maid was somewhat non-negotiable: have you ever attempted to get in and out of a corset on your own? Me neither, but it doesn’t look pleasant.

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A Startling Glimpse Into The US–Indian Assimilation Policy

What happens when years of working to eradicate of a group of people is unsuccessful? You assimilate them forcibly, which is what happened to Native Americans between 1790 and 1920. The U.S. government’s assimilation policies attempted to “Americanize” natives through control of their schooling, religion and customs, with a focus on immersion in Euro-American tradition. These policies caused cultural distress and also violated the Constitution.

US Indian Assimilation Policy POW

Source: Wikimedia

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Lyndon B. Johnson’s Amphibious Car

Amphibious Car

Before the Vietnam War would pin the death-nail on his presidential legacy, LBJ managed to have quite a sense of humor. Seen here is LBJ’s amphibious car, which he would use at his Texas ranch to play pranks on guests. One stand out prank was taking his guests out for a spin, pretend to lose control of the vehicle as they approached the lake, and shout “The brakes don’t work! We’re going in! We’re going under!” The car would then enter the water where, as guests were trying to prevent their heart from popping out of their chests, Johnson would laugh.
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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Albert Einstein

He was the greatest genius of our times whose contributions to physics have been matched only by a handful of others in history. Even so, nowadays Einstein is associated just with one formula: E = mc2. It has been called the most famous formula in the world, and even people who have no idea what mass-energy equivalence is still know it. However, there was a lot more to the man than that.

1. He never failed math. This is a popular “fact” promoted on the internet, maybe in an attempt to relate to genius. However, it is simply not true. Overall, Einstein was an average student, but math was one area where he excelled, unsurprisingly.

Einstein Facts Young

Albert was proficient at math from a very early age
Source: Wikipedia

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