The eagle may have landed, but not without some incredible heart palpitations. As evidenced from the ECG above, Neil Armstrong felt his “small step” with his feet as much as he did with his heart.
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Just goes to show that one’s heroism abroad doesn’t necessarily translate at home. While James F. Blake, the bus driver who filed the complaint against Rosa Parks, served in World War II and fought for the lives and dignity of millions of individuals unjustly persecuted by those with power he couldn’t seem to do the same on his own soil.
Strangely enough, when Blake commented on the 1955 event some years later, he evoked a quasi-Nazi defense: “I wasn’t trying to do anything to that Parks woman except do my job. She was in violation of the city codes, so what was I supposed to do? That damn bus was full and she wouldn’t move back. I had my orders.”
Cryptids Cooler Than Bigfoot: Wolpertinger
Horned rabbits have a long, mythical history with many parts of the world from the North American jackalope to the Arabian al-mi’raj. Though a bunicorn might naturally seem like the cuddly cousin of the equine unicorn, legends of its brutal ferocity are so common that the creature has even made its way into a famous video game. Still, the difference between these legendary bunnies is one of quantity, and in fact are explained away by the effects of Shope papilloma virus. That’s where pure German ingenuity comes in.
Meet the Wolpertinger, Europe’s answer to bunny science. Not satisfied to just put a horn on a rabbit, the Bavarian people attached whatever animal parts they could come up with, be it wings, fins or even talons. These days, though, wolpertingers are less feared than they are stuffed as German taxidermists have successfully straddled the fence dividing art and creepy hobbies.
Look out West; this microstate claims to have nearly 1500 years on most constitutions and thus is the oldest surviving sovereign state and constitutional republic in the world. It’s certainly not the largest, though; as of 2012 the republic boasted a population of around 32,000.
Relations between France and the United States may have been a bit terse over the past decade, but if anything is to be emblematic of the common ground between the two nations it’s the Statue of Liberty. Designed by Frédéric Bartholdi and dedicated in October of 1886, the verdigris “Lady” was supposed to serve as the champion of the ideas that Napoleon III suppressed during his reign.
If you sip on Russian vodka at parties, you can thank Vladimir the Great. Legend has it that the primary reason that Vlad rejected Islam as the state religion was because Islam prohibited the consumption of all alcohol. To a point, that was a good decision on behalf of future Vlads: by 1860 vodka comprised nearly half of Russia’s state revenue. The “party” could only last for so long and as Russia entered World War I and the Bolsheviks came to power, soviet anti-alcoholism propaganda ran rampantly in efforts to curb and prohibit subsequent alcohol consumption:
Later on in the 20th century, Soviet Union President Mikhail Gorbachev would become known for his great reform efforts, one of which included yet another anti-alcohol campaign. While in some ways Gorbachev’s partial-prohibition had a positive effect on alcoholism itself (life expectancy increased while crime rates fell), his story offered outcomes not unlike other preceding (and unsuccessful) prohibition efforts: it largely devastated the economy and led to the increased prevalence of dangerous black markets. Opting out of the Pyrrhic victory that prohibition tends to provide, in 2010 President Dmitri Medvedev decided to double the minimum price of a bottle of vodka in order to confront the problem more efficiently and effectively.
Thanks to io9 for these images.