Andrew Jackson is one of America’s most famous presidents, and while his reputation remains controversial, there is no doubting that he was one of the most badass presidents we’ve had. According to historians, he was a stoic man with a tough persona. So tough, in fact, that the public called him Old Hickory.
When someone tried to assassinate Jackson and the gun misfired, Jackson proceeded to approach the assassin and beat the living daylights out of him with his walking stick, all in front of an assembled crowd waiting for him to speak of course.
Besides being somewhat violent, he is also said to have had a filthy mouth. So much so that at his funeral, his parrot had to be removed because it kept imitating him!
The last man executed by the electric chair incriminated himself after he’d been released from death row once!
Paul Warner Powell killed a 16-year-old girl because he was angry she had a black boyfriend. He then waited for her sister to come home and also attacked her, but she survived. Powell was arrested and convicted of capital murder. He was sentenced to death by electrocution, yet the case was eventually overturned because of insufficient evidence.
Powell, not being the sharpest tool in the shed by any means, was so proud of escaping death that he wrote a letter to the prosecutor and admitted to raping and killing the girl. After he admitted to the crime, the girl’s sister then testified against him. Fortunately, Powell gave so much detail and new evidence he was able to be tried again. He was eventually executed in 2010, the most recent man to be killed by an electric chair in the United States.
Extreme Makeover Home Edition is one of those shows that we love to watch because the beginning is troubling and the end is over the top happy. It almost always features families who are struggling to survive and live in abysmal housing. The crew comes in, sends the family on a paid vacation, and in 106 hours builds a completely new and luxurious house. While the family members are shedding tears of happiness most viewers think everything is perfect, yet what happens after the show ends is often even sadder.
Builders saw the publicity those on the show received and increasingly wanted to donate their services for the notice. However, a competition of sorts developed between who could showcase the nicest new home within the time limit, and struggling families were left with over the top luxurious homes with ludicrous taxes and utility rates. Many of the families could not afford to make these payments and eventually lost their homes!
The producers of the show say that they are aware of the problem and in recent years have aimed to build less showy houses and more functional ones where families can be happy and make payments.
Most people shriek and run when the multiple legs of a centipede are discovered, yet they are actually one of the more beneficial insects that can infest a home. The reason for this is because the diet of a common house centipede usually consists of a rather large assortment of other insects including roaches, houseflies, moths, silverfish, termites, and nearly ever other bug that infects a home.
In addition, they do not harm humans, eat plants, carry diseases, or damage homes, which means their entire life purpose is to pretty much rid your house of every other insect! So next time you see a centipede lurking around, give him thanks rather than the bottom of your shoe and your house just might end up a little less infested.
The term “Third World” is commonly thrown around among scholars and those who pretend to know what they’re talking about, but in nearly every daily usage it is misused! Most people think it simply means poor, antiquated, or uncivilized, and while a Third World country can include those things, they are not what makes them The term originated during the Cold War.
Those allied with the United States and the Western powers were considered the “First World.” The “Second World” were countries affiliated with the U.S.S.R. and communism. This meant that the majority of the world, which was not affiliated with either side, was simply summed up as the Third World.
It just so happened that most countries included in the First and Second World were the most wealthy and advanced, leaving the poorer and less powerful countries in the Third World!