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Where Does The Phrase "Nice Guys Finish Last" Come From? | Mental Floss

Where Does The Phrase "Nice Guys Finish Last" Come From? | Mental Floss

Mary Ann Cotton (1832-1873) British serial killer convicted of murdering twenty-one people via arsenic poison

Mary Ann Cotton (1832-1873) British serial killer convicted of murdering twenty-one people via arsenic poison

Fact 886: Victor Lustig was a con-artist who managed to sell the Eiffel Tower to a scrap metal dealer and get away with it. He used forged government documents, combined with newspaper articles lamenting how expensive the tower was for the city to maintain. With the first sale, he not only was paid for the Eiffel Tower, but also managed to get a bribe by the contractor who wanted his bid to be chosen. He then fled Paris, only to return a month later when the winning contractor, Andre…

Fact 886: Victor Lustig was a con-artist who managed to sell the Eiffel Tower to a scrap metal dealer and get away with it. He used forged government documents, combined with newspaper articles lamenting how expensive the tower was for the city to maintain. With the first sale, he not only was paid for the Eiffel Tower, but also managed to get a bribe by the contractor who wanted his bid to be chosen. He then fled Paris, only to return a month later when the winning contractor, Andre…

For unsolicited, antiquated advice, you can’t do much better than 1883’s 'American Etiquette and Rules of Politeness.'  25 Pieces of Advice from a 19th Century Etiquette Book | Mental Floss

25 Pieces of Advice from a 19th Century Etiquette Book

For unsolicited, antiquated advice, you can’t do much better than 1883’s 'American Etiquette and Rules of Politeness.' 25 Pieces of Advice from a 19th Century Etiquette Book | Mental Floss

Fact 888: The Eiffel Tower was not originally meant to be a permanent structure, simply being built to function as the entrance arches to the 1889 World’s Fair in Paris. The initial designs were made by Maurice Koechlin and Émile Nouguier (and later with contributions by Stephen Sauvestre) working at Compagnie des Établissements Eiffel.  Gustave Eiffel bought the rights to the patent on the design, which is why it bears his name.

Fact 888: The Eiffel Tower was not originally meant to be a permanent structure, simply being built to function as the entrance arches to the 1889 World’s Fair in Paris. The initial designs were made by Maurice Koechlin and Émile Nouguier (and later with contributions by Stephen Sauvestre) working at Compagnie des Établissements Eiffel. Gustave Eiffel bought the rights to the patent on the design, which is why it bears his name.

Fact 884: In 1893, an amendment was proposed to the U.S. Constitution trying to get the United States of America renamed the “United States of Earth.”

Fact 884: In 1893, an amendment was proposed to the U.S. Constitution trying to get the United States of America renamed the “United States of Earth.”

Fact 853: While there are instances of thesauri going all the way back to Philo of Byblos in the first century, the first modern thesaurus was created by Peter Mark Roget, which he began compiling in 1805 at the age of 26, and finally published the work in 1852. Roget also invented the log log slide rule in 1815 (allowing for simple exponential and root calculations) and helped found the organization that would become the Royal Society of Medicine, as well as played a key role in the…

Fact 853: While there are instances of thesauri going all the way back to Philo of Byblos in the first century, the first modern thesaurus was created by Peter Mark Roget, which he began compiling in 1805 at the age of 26, and finally published the work in 1852. Roget also invented the log log slide rule in 1815 (allowing for simple exponential and root calculations) and helped found the organization that would become the Royal Society of Medicine, as well as played a key role in the…

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