George Washington was an Episcopalian, though not a strong enough believer to summon a pastor on his deathbed. What is that about? Einstein was always brilliant, even at an early age.
Before I was fifteen I had mastered differential and integral calculus. Just the opposite, in fact. Where did we get the idea that feminists burn their bras? But that was the first and last time a bra was burned in the U. The U. The Nazis were largely defeated by the Soviet Union. While the U. The only problem? Holland allowed too much religious freedom, giving free reign to Judaism and Catholicism and even atheism. It was too much for their pure Puritan hearts.
So they jumped on the Mayflower and went looking for a new world. When Charles Lindbergh took his solo flight between New York and Paris in , it was definitely historic. The infamous shootout at the OK Corral in Tombstone, Arizona, in which the Earp brothers exchanged gunfire with the Clanton-McLaury gang, had a body count of exactly three. To be fair, the words were written in the U. It was originally about Fort McHenry in Baltimore, which successfully fought off the British navy in Some sample lyrics:.
During the twilight of the Gold Rush, the story goes, a miner walked into the bar at the Occidental Hotel, in Martinez, California, and asked for the strongest drink conceivable to dull the ache of coming home empty-handed. The truth is that no one can credibly identify its history. As it stands, the martini is little more than a result of the collective, centuries-honed consciousness of the American spirit of innovation.
It turns out the myth of a myth can be a myth itself. Johnny Appleseed, the folkloric hero from the early days of our country, is a very real dude. His birth name: John Chapman. The whole street was renamed, too—though city planners stuck with his mythical moniker: Johnny Appleseed Lane.
As legend has it, that first musket shot marked the beginning of armed and violent conflict between the Colonies and the British. Not so. This rumor is demonstrably false. Disney was cremated, and his ashes were thrown to the wind at the Forest Lawn Memorial Lake. But pirates operated well into the 19th century.
Before then, for the majority of the 18th century, it was a colony of Great Britain. And even further back, since its incorporation, Delaware was part of the Pennsylvania colony. When the Supreme Court was founded, in , six justices sat on the bench. In , that swelled to seven. Thirty years later, it jumped to nine.
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And in the throes of the Civil War, in , the bench increased to ten before dropping down to nine again at the end of the decade: one for each circuit court. Under the right political circumstances—one political party fully controlling the house, senate, and White House—the supreme court could grow to, theoretically, 10 or 11 or 12 or 13 or 30 or, really, as many members as a unified congressional front would allow.
Roosevelt attempted to boost the bench to a whopping 15, but his plan was shot down in the senate. It's prototypical of the author, who often pens short stories set in New York City about domestic relationships. She also frequently discusses immigrant life in America her parents, from the Ukraine, spoke Russian and Yiddish.
Listen to Walter Mosley reading it here. Length: 8 minutes. The same themes are at play here; it's more than worth a look. In "The Looking-Glass," a woman feverishly attempts to seek help for her husband, sick with typhus, but is met with a surprise.
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This particular story nods to the author's day job as a physician. Length: 5 minutes. It's not hard to see why; his stories, some of them science fiction, some of them literary realism, often portray the human spirit at odds with a consumerist culture. This story was included in his application to Syracuse University's M. Length: 6. Hint: It's not so happy.
Length: 4 minutes. The Atlantic published "A Worn Path" in It tells the story of an old woman walking a long distance from her home to the center of town. Length: 10 minutes. The first line alone is universally intriguing: "What would you do if you knew this was the last night of the world? Length: 4. In fact, Washington Post 's books editor, Ron Charles, has said that Hemingway's short stories are better than his novels.
You've probably read, or at least heard about, "Hills Like White Elephants," a cryptic conversation between a man and a woman. It's a funny chronicling of the hurdles an aspiring writer has to clear, including backup plans and confused college roommates.
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