Jan
31
2010
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What was the Peshtigo Fire?

Peshtigo 1871 - courtesy libraryimages.net - CC-BYOn October 8, 1871 the worst recorded fire in American history swept through Northeastern Wisconsin and Upper Michigan. It destroyed millions of dollars worth of property and took between 1,200 and 2,400 lives. It happened on the same day as the more famous Great Chicago, Illinois fire but is much less widely known.  On that [more...]

Jan
30
2010
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What is Jefferson City, city profile?

Missouri State Capitol - courtesy jimbowen0306 - CC-BYJefferson City is the capital of Missouri and was named after Thomas Jefferson, the third president of the United States.  Jefferson City was selected as the new capital in 1821. It was first called Lohman’s Landing. When the legislature decided to relocate there, they suggested the name “Missouriopolis” but later agreed on Jefferson City. Located [more...]

Jan
29
2010
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What is Jackson city profile?

Mississippi State Capitol - courtesy szlea - CCc-BYJackson is the capital of Mississippi and the state’s largest city.  Jackson was founded as Parkerville, later known as LeFleur’s Bluff.  The city was later named Jackson after the seventh President of the United States, Andrew Jackson, in recognition for his victory in the Battle of New Orleans. In 1839, Jackson was the site of [more...]

Jan
29
2010
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What are the differences between the Apple iPad and a netbook computer?

The iPad as seen on the day it was introduced to the public. GlennFleishman photo. CC-BY.When Apple announced the details of the iPad, it was clear that a new type of computer was being produced — something like a netbook and yet something like an oversized iPhone without the telephone capabilities or an iPod Touch on steroids. My word for the device is “netpad,” but only time will tell what [more...]

Jan
29
2010
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What is the SS Great Britain?

SS Great Britain in dry dock, Bristol (photo by davehamster CC-BY)If you are visiting the historic maritime port of Bristol in England, then a tour of one of the pioneers of ocean-going passengers ships is recommended. The Steam Ship (SS) Great Britain, designed by the great Victorian engineers, Isambard Kingdom Brunell, was in its time at the forefront of ship design and technology. But as [more...]

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Jan
29
2010
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What is Saint Paul city profile?

Minnesota State Capitol - courtesy cliff1066™ - CC-BYSaint Paul is the capital of Minnesota and the state’s second largest city.  We have already learned of one state capital city which began as a land scam, now we will learn of one that became capital because somebody deliberately hid the official paperwork that would have made another city the capital. The Minnesota Territory [more...]

Jan
27
2010
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What is Lansing city profile?

Michigan State Capitol - courtesy CedarBendDrive - CC-BYLansing is the capital of Michigan, and the state’s sixth largest city.  Lansing is the only state capital to begin as a ‘land scam.’  The city was founded by two brothers from New York who plotted the area now known as REO Town just south of downtown Lansing and named it “Biddle City.”  It was [more...]

Jan
27
2010
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Did Mama Cass Elliot choke to death on a ham sandwich?

Photo by WordRidden - CC-BYCass Elliot was the heavyweight of the 60s group The Mamas And The Papas in more ways than one. She had a fabulous voice and tremendous stage presence, but was also seriously obese. Cass died on 29 July 1974 at the age of 32 at Flat 12, 9 Curzon Place, Mayfair, London—the same flat where [more...]

Jan
27
2010
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What is Boston city profile?

Massachusetts State Capitol - courtesy jimbowen0306 - CC-BYBoston is the capital and largest city in Massachusetts and was founded in 1630, by Puritan colonists from England.  The town was later named after Boston, Lincolnshire, England (United Kingdom).  During the Revolutionary War, The Boston Massacre, the Boston Tea Party, the Battle of Lexington and Concord, the Battle of Bunker Hill, and the Siege [more...]

Jan
27
2010
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What’s the story behind A4 paper?

An A4 page folds into two A5 pages (photo by Photoshop Roadmap - CC-BY)Why is typewriter paper in most of the world not 8½ by 11 inches as it is in the United States? Even though the United Kingdom still measures distances in miles (despite being a member of the European Union) it uses the international metric paper sizes. But the most common metric page is not a [more...]

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