Ignaz Semmelweis William Lawrence Sr Omnibit 4-2-20

It was Hungarian physician Ignaz Semmelweis who in 1847 first came to realize that washing hands prevented infection. He mandated this in the obstetric ward a Vienna General Hospital and the mortality rate for new mothers fell from 18 percent to 2 percent.

He proselytized the policy to the point his fellow doctors thought him mad. They lured him to a Viennese insane asylum in 1865 under the pretense that he would be visiting a new medical institute. He was put in a straitjacket and confined to a darkened cell. He died two weeks later after a wound on his hand became gangrenous.

Ignaz Semmelweis William Lawrence Sr Omnibit 4-2-20
Ignaz Semmelweis William Lawrence Sr Omnibit 4-2-20

Golden Langurs Keyboards William Lawrence Sr Omnibit 4-1-20

Researchers at the University of Delhi gave golden langurs keyboards connected wirelessly to a computer. To their surprise they watched the monkeys used the devices to type. The letters appeared to be mere gibberish until they ran a transcript through a decryption device used by the Indian military. To their shock they realized the langurs were communicating in an advanced code.

An example:

Dsulo Irro

golden langurs keyboards
Dogs can type with their nose.

Nation is closest William Lawrence Sr Omnibit 3-30-20

What nation is closest to the United States where there is no land border? Betcha guessed wrong. It’s Russia. The distance between Big Diomede and Little Diomede islands in the Bering Strait is but 2.2 miles.

Nation is closest William Lawrence Sr Omnibit 3-30-20
Nation is closest William Lawrence Sr Omnibit 3-30-20

Roman Empire was auctioned William Lawrence Sr Omnibit 3-28-20

Wanna buy an empire? On this date, March 28, in 193, the Roman Empire was auctioned for 6,250 drachmas to Didius Julianus, a senator.

The sellers were the Praetorian guards who just had Emperor Pertinax assassinated.

Didius kept his new toy for 66 months before he himself was killed by those who objected to his means of obtaining it.

A drachma is about the daily wage of one worker.

Roman Empire was auctioned William Lawrence Sr Omnibit 3-28-20
Roman Empire was auctioned William Lawrence Sr Omnibit 3-28-20

Joan Crawford William Lawrence Sr Omnibit 3-25-20

Joan Crawford was cited as an icon of the 1920s by no less than F. Scott Fitzgerald when she was a pretty young thing breaking through and remains acclaimed today for her Oscar-winning performance in Mildred Pierce while middle-aged. She ended her storied career with Trog, a low-budget British horror flick from 1970.

Joan Crawford William Lawrence Sr Omnibit 3-25-20
Joan Crawford William Lawrence Sr Omnibit 3-25-20