The victims of the public program were young and mostly female, judged to be rebellious or promiscuous, of low intelligence or perhaps of mixed blood. One was a young woman whose priest believed she had not learned her confirmation lessons well enough, another could not read a blackboard and was deemed retarded. From 1934 to 1974, 62,000 Swedes were sterilized as part of a national drive grounded in the science of racial biology and carried out by officials who believed they were helping to build a progressive, enlightened welfare state.
Right to Bear Arms
Tom Ginsburg and colleagues identified only 15 constitutions (in nine countries) that had ever included an explicit right to bear arms. Almost all of these constitutions have been in Latin America, and most were from the 19th century. Nearly all of Latin American examples were modeled on that of the United States. At present, out of the world’s nearly 200 constitutions, three still include a right to bear arms: Guatemala, Mexico, and the United States; of these three, only the last does not include explicit restrictive conditions.
Origin of Potato Chips
By the late 19th century, a popular version of the story attributed the dish to George Crum, a half-black, half-Native American cook at Moon's Lake House, who was trying to appease an unhappy customer on August 24, 1853. The customer kept sending his French-fried potatoes back, complaining that they were too thick. Frustrated, Crum sliced the potatoes razor thin, fried them until crisp and seasoned them with extra salt. To Crum's surprise, the customer loved them. And potato chips were born.
Compiled by: Sameer Miyaz Ahmed
Famous People, Funny Stories
US president Richard Nixon had a distant relationship with his wife, Patricia Nixon, who had her own problems with alcohol. She had trouble remembering things. That included even where her own house was. Agents heard a rustling in the bushes at the San Clemente, California house one day and suspected it was illegal immigrants coming up on the beach to cross over into the United States. But it was Pat in the bushes on her hands and knees trying to find the house.
Hollywood director Wolfgang Peterson was very surprised about the insecurity of Dustin Hoffman, who had problems with very simple things like turning around and having a certain look on his face. Peterson had originally wanted Harrison Ford for the part in the film Outbreak. Hoffman said, "I cannot do this, Wolfgang!" Wolfgang would say, “What is the problem? You just turn around slowly and use your body language”. Hoffman would go, "Yeah I know, Harrison Ford would do that in a second, right?"
US president Lyndon B. Johnson once asked for Dr. Pepper on Air Force One. When told, the plane didn’t have any in stock, he rang up the president of the beverage company at 1:30 in the morning and gave him a piece of his mind. The next time Air Force One took off, it was loaded down with Dr. Pepper, but Johnson never asked for it again.
After seeing Elizabeth Taylor appear on television earing her new, huge diamond given to her by her husband Richard Burton, comedian Zero Mostel told his friends, “I wanted to buy that diamond for Kate [his wife], but that son-ofa- bitch outbid me by 50 dollars.”