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04/21/2017

It was common during WWII for USAF (United States Air Force) ground crews to write out little messages on bombs meant to be dropped on the enemy. It was a sort of middle finger to the soldiers whom they blamed for there being a war in the first place. There are even stories of bomber crew members throwing trash out the plane as an extra bit of nastiness and rancor to go along with usual payload of high-explosive and incendiary ordinance.

The History of K2 — The World's Second-Highest Mountain

02/27/2017
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02/22/2018

Attempts to summit K2 begin in Islamabad. From there you will spend a day driving in a rickety bus toward the town of Skardu on the dangerous Karakoram Highway (and they’re using the term “highway” VERY loosely here). You’ll probably have an armed guard wth your party because aside from the road itself being dangerous, there are people on it who want to rob you. If the weather is good, instead of ground transport to Skardu, you can take a one-hour plane flight through the mountains.

U.S. Presidents Who Won Their Elections but Finished Second in the Popular Vote

01/20/2017
As most of us all know, in American politics, it’s the electoral college and not the popular vote that determines the winner in a presidential election. This odd fact of government has long been a burr in the butt of those who’ve found themselves losing end of an electoral vote despite having the majority of voters behind them. So honor of, and I can't believe I'm actually writing this, "The Donald’s" swearing in as 45th president of the U.S. today, it seems a good time to highlight some previous elections where, like the most recent, the winner finished second place in the popular vote. 

Carl Ludwig "Luz" Long — Won the Silver Medal in Long Jump at the 1936 Berlin Olympics

02/08/2017
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02/09/2018

German athlete Luz Long is quite possibly the ultimate Silver Medalist. He is the athlete who finished second to American Jesse Owens in the long jump competition at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, but more than that, he made sports history with a gesture that stunned many who witnessed it. After their competition, Long, a white man, enthusiastically embraced Owens, a black American man, in front of an ecstatic crowd that included many high-ranking Nazi officials, at a time in Germany when such interaction between white and black people was frowned upon. Despite his gesture, Long wasn't looking to make a political statement. The 23-year-old was the greatest long jumper Europe had ever produced and all he wanted was to compete against Owens, who held the world record for the long jump (8.13m), and who was largely considered the greatest athlete in the world.

Jules André Peugeot — Second Person Killed in WWI

01/24/2017
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11/22/2017

French Corporal Jules André Peugeot was 21 years old when he was shot and killed by a German patrol. Although he was the first soldier to get shot in WWI, he ended up being the second person to die. The guy who shot Peugeot, German Lieutenant Albert Mayer, was the first person to actually die in WWI, with Peugeot himself succumbing to his wounds only a short while later. It all happened during a 13-person skirmish in the little French town of Joncherey, near the Swiss and German borders. 

College of William & Mary — Second-Oldest College in the U.S.

10/24/2016
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11/14/2017
When comparing history of William & Mary to Harvard's, you can say that Harvard very much benefited from, among other things, its location. Situated in Cambridge, Massachusetts, just across the Charles River from Boston, Harvard throughout its history never went through a period of being shot up or abused by marauding armies. Although there was the time during American Revolution in 1775/1776 when Massachusetts militia surrounded the British in Boston, Harvard itself came out with its ivy quite intact, and has since remained unmolested. The same thing cannot be said for William & Mary, which is located in Williamsburg, VA, a lovely and picturesque place that unfortunately suffered terrible abuse during the U.S. Civil War.