Robert Lincoln Edwin Booth William Lawrence Sr Omnibit 2-12-18

Robert Lincoln Edwin Booth — Robert was the only son of Abraham Lincoln to survive till adulthood and have children. He almost didn’t though. While on a train platform in Jersey City in late 1863 or early 1864, he was pushed by the crowd and likely would have fallen to his death but for a passerby who grabbed him at the last moment.  The passerby? He was Edwin Booth, the noted actor and brother of John Wilkes Booth.

Robert Lincoln Edwin Booth William Lawrence Sr Omnibit 2-12-18
Robert Lincoln Edwin Booth William Lawrence Sr Omnibit 2-12-18
Reality beats fiction every time.

 

Pykrete William Lawrence Sr Omnibit 2-9-18

A plan to build an aircraft carrier out of ice and sawdust was seriously considered during World War II. The substance — pykrete — is as strong as concrete and has a slow melting rate. It can be repaired with seawater.

Pykrete William Lawrence Sr Omnibit 2-9-18

Pykrete William Lawrence Sr Omnibit 2-9-18

Vatican Elephant William Lawrence Sr Omnibit 2-8-18

Vatican Elephant William Lawrence Sr Omnibit 2-8-18
Elephants can sometimes be seen in Springfield too.

Hanno was the Vatican elephant. He was white and given as a gift by King Manuel I of Portugal to Pope Leo X in 1514. He was a favorite and featured in many processions. He became constipated, however, and was given a laxative that killed him. It was a sad time. The great artist Raphael designed the memorial fresco and the Pope himself composed the epitaph.

Hanno is buried under the Vatican courtyard.

Vatican Elephant William Lawrence Sr Omnibit 2-8-18

 

 

Seven traditional rainbow colors William Lawrence Sr Omnibit 2-6-18

The seven traditional rainbow colors,  as noted by Isaac Newton, are red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet. Most of us would call his “indigo” blue and his “blue” light blue.

Seven traditional rainbow colors William Lawrence Sr Omnibit 2-6-18

Seven traditional rainbow colors William Lawrence Sr Omnibit 2-6-18

Fayette County Seven Years War William Lawrence Sr Omnibit 2-3-18

Fayette County Seven Years War —The first war that could arguably called a “world war” in that it was fought on more than four continents started in Fayette County, Pa. The instigator was George Washington. It’s known in history as the Seven Years War and ran from 1754 to 1763. OK, we know that’s nine years but they call it what they call it.

Fayette County Seven Years War William Lawrence Sr Omnibit 2-3-18

Fayette County Seven Years War William Lawrence Sr Omnibit 2-3-18

Indians owned black slaves William Lawrence Sr Omnibit 1-21-18

Yes, Indians owned black slaves. When Andrew Jackson moved the Cherokee and other tribes from Florida, Georgia Alabama and Mississippi to Oklahoma, he let them take their black slaves with them.

Indians owned black slaves

Indians owned black slaves William Lawrence Sr Omnibit 1-21-18

 

One septillion  snow crystals William Lawrence Sr. Omnibit 1-30-18

Every winter, at least one septillion  snow crystals fall from the sky.  How big is one septillion? It’s  1 followed by 24 zeros.

One septillion  snow crystals William Lawrence Sr. Cryptowit 1-30-18

Every winter, at least one septillion  snow crystals fall from the sky.  How big is one septillion? It's  1 followed by 24 zeros. One septillion  snow crystals William Lawrence Sr. Cryptowit 1-30-18