This is about how they dealt with icy roads when I was very young

When I lived on Linden Place near to Logan Square we heated the 12 apartment building with a coal furnace. It was quite a common thing in the 1050's. When you burn coal the residue is called clinkers. They are almost metallic in looks but are more like scorched stone but with sharp edges. I …

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Little known facts about Abraham Lincoln the 16th US president

His mother died from a poison that she did not eat. In the days before strict dairy rules there was a disease called 'milk sickness." This was a disease that harmed and sometimes killed the very young and old. Cows used to be grazed in pastures without consideration of the plants. There are some plants …

When it came to swashbuckler movies and books they did get some things right.

You can look this fact up on any war before 1900. In most battles, large and small, most actual deaths came after the fighting was over. Infections from wounds killed more folks than swords and arrows.  It was so bad that in some ancient times, if you received a belly wound, your friends would give …