Today in 1882

2 Mar

Queen Victoria escapes an assassination attempt by Roderick McLean in Windsor. And to think people scoffed when she started wearing Heelys.

Sure, you can assassinate me - if you can catch me!


Queen Victoria survived eight assassination attempts during her reign, so it’s sort of unsurprising that an amateur like McLean couldn’t kill the Ninja Queen. Most of the would-be assassins shot at or tried to bludgeon her while she was riding in carriages, which you’d think she might stop doing after four or five assaults – or at least stop sticking her head out the window.  McLean apparently had been offended by an unkind response to a poem he had written the Queen and this was his motive for the attack. He was acquitted of his crime but declared insane and spent the rest of his life in Broadmoor Asylum. I think calling him insane is a little far-fetched. I know that every murder I’ve committed has been prompted by slights on my haikus.

Speaking of poetry, the dashing William Topaz McGonagall wrote a doozy about the incident and I would like to share it with you. If you’re going to speak ill of it, make sure you’re not riding in a carriage.

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Today in 1953

28 Feb

James D. Watson and Francis Crick announce to friends that they have determined the chemical structure of DNA. It turns out the secret ingredient was love.

Without that it would just be a single helix.

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Today in 1947

25 Feb

State of Prussia ceases to exist. It finally won enough battles to evolve into MegaPrussia.

And with that, this blog has officially reached its capacity of Pokemon-Geography hybrids.

A brief note about this blog.

24 Feb

They say you’re supposed to learn something new every day. Well frankly, I think that quality should take precedence over quantity. We are so flooded with information all the time that we lose our ability to discern what’s really…okay, what I’m telling you is that I’m not going to post a new fact daily. They will occur when an interesting or peculiar event catches my fancy. So subscribe using the RSS link to my right (also your right) and you will be notified when a glorious burst of knowledge is awaiting your brain.


Happy learning.

Today in 1989

24 Feb

United Airlines Flight 811, bound for New Zealand, rips open during flight, sucking 9 passengers out of the business-class section. Everyone in coach secretly feels a little better about themselves.

Just because your seat goes all the way back doesn't mean you have to be a dick.

Today in 2010

26 Sep


Updates pending.

Today in 1947

24 Sep

The Majestic Twelve committee is allegedly established by secret executive order of President Harry Truman to investigate UFO activity. It was a council of the elite members of the unicorn population and they met behind Niagara Falls every February 29th at the full moon to discuss the situation.

The original letter was an illuminated manuscript.

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