People flocked to Denver at the beginning of this year to partake in the newly legalized recreational activity that remains a crime in most parts of the country.
The shift to decriminalize, and even legalize marijuana is very similar to what alcohol experienced in the prohibition era in the early 20th century.
It just so happens that marijuana has been off limits just as long.
In 1937 the Marihuana Tax Act was passed that levied a tax equaling about $1 for anyone commercially dealing cannabis, hemp or marijuana, however it didn’t criminalize possession or use of the drug. A fine up to $2,000 or five years’ imprisonment would be the penalty for disobeying the tax.
On the very first day the law went into effect, Octover 2, 1937, the FBI and Denver police raided the Lexington Hotel. They ended up arresting Samuel R. Caldwell, a 58-year-old unemployed laborer and 26-year-old Moses Baca.
They were the first people to ever be convicted of possession in a state that it is now legal to use!
His name was George Eastman. He was the inventor of the first Kodak snapshot camera. You might recognize the name he gave to it: the Kodak camera. In addition to being one of the first brand names invented from nonsense syllables, it also sparked a photographic revolution that is still strong today.
He was able to simplify the photography process and create a product that everyone was able to use. He also pioneered a system in which employees of the company got dividends, essentially making them part-owners of the company. Sadly, when he was 77, he had spinal stenosis, which is a narrowing of the spinal canal. The pain for him was pretty big.
He decided to commit suicide by shooting himself in the heart. He left a short and simple note: “To my friends: My work is done. Why wait?”
The Marx Brothers are comedy legends. The real life brothers was successful in vaudeville, on Broadway, and in motion pictures from 1905 to 1949.
Five of the Marx Brothers’ thirteen feature films were selected by the American Film Institute (AFI) as among the top 100 comedy films, with two of them in the top twelve.
The brothers were included in AFI’s 100 Years…100 Stars list of the most significant screen legends, the only performers to be inducted collectively.
During World War I, anti-German sentiments were common, and the family tried to conceal its German origin. During this time, Groucho discontinued his “German” stage personality.
After learning that farmers were excluded from the draft rolls, mother Minnie purchased a 27-acre poultry farm near Countryside, Illinois, and made the brothers work on it.
The brothers soon discovered that farming was not for them. Still, farming in your home country beats running away to Canada!
Health foods claim all kinds of things, and people are starting to question just how valid these claims are.
For example, in 2006, a European regulation demanded that health food companies come up with the scientific evidence to back their labeling and advertising.
Member states were asked to submit health claims from manufacturers who had to wait for the approval of the European Food Safety Authority. Most of the time, EFSA rejects companies’ claims due to the lack of scientific evidence.
The yogurt Activa by Dannon has been advertised as a health food, and it’s gotten blowback from that. The company withdrew its health claims about Activa in Europe after negative feedback.
In the United States, the FDA pressed charges for false advertising around 2010. In that year, the Dannon Company settled and agreed to stop advertising that Activa improves motility unless it specifies that you need to eat three servings per day. Dannon therefore removed the words “clinically” and “scientifically proven” from Activia products.
In the 1920s there were news reports about a Berlin family being killed when a seal in their refrigerator broke and leaked toxic fumes into their home.
This inspired the one and only Albert Einstein to design a refrigerator that didn’t use any moving parts, thinking that eliminating any moving parts would also eliminate the possibility of a seal breaking.
Einstein worked with his former student Le Szilrd on the fridge from 1926-33, and based the design on a similar invention a few years earlier by a couple of Swedish investors.
The refrigeration cycle uses ammonia pressure-equalizing fluid, butane refrigerant, and water absorbing fluid, has no moving parts, and does not require electricity to operate, needing only a heat source, e.g. a small gas burner or electric heating element or even solar energy.
Although named after Einstein, it’s likely that Szilrd did most of the actual inventing while Einstein consulted and did most of the patent work (he had worked in a patent office earlier in his life).
In this famous NYC landmark, there’s a room called the Whispering Gallery. The reason for this name is that the shape of the room gives it an interesting acoustic feature. People who visit this room can stand in diagonal corners of the 50-foot wide chamber and whisper to one another. They can hear each other because the room is arched, and the sound carries through the ceiling.
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My award for the the least things likely to be related, but somehow are, is the allergic reaction between latex gloves and fruit.
Though it’s one of the more common allergies you’ll find, which is why nearly every doctor, food handler and TSA agent may question you about it, it’s hard to believe that it would impede on a persons ability to eat a kiwi!
The allergy occurs when after repeated exposure to products containing natural rubber latex, so the more you use it the less immune to the allergy you’ll be.
Mucus membranes may absorb the latex proteins which causes the body to produce antibodies that react with them, causing the allergy to surface. But what’s that have to do with fruit?
People suffering from a latex allergy are susceptible to being allergic to a number of different plant products, normally fruit. This is known as the aptly named latex-fruit syndrome.
Fruits and seeds that can flare up the allergy include bananas, pineapples, avocados, chestnuts, kiwis, mangoes, passionfruit, figs, strawberries and soy. Most, but not all of these fruits contain the naturally occurring latex, which explains why it can cause an allergic reaction.
Freedom of speech is an important part of America, as well as most modernized nations. The entire political system in the United States requires freedom of speech.
While differing opinions in Congress might have some people rolling their eyes when nothing gets done, no one would argue that different opinions and views on things is important.
It’s interesting, then, that the higher level of education someone has, the less they hear differing opinions. The people with the most diverse discussion mates are those who have not graduated from high school.
This has led some people to arguing that higher education, while boasting diversity, is actually pressures individuals to conform. 65% of the 392 top colleges surveyed maintain speech codes and other restrictions on expression that violate First Amendment principles.
A study of 24,000 students conducted by the Association of American Colleges and Universities in 2010 revealed that only 30.3% of college seniors strongly agreed with the statement that, “It is safe to hold unpopular opinions on campus.”
Similarly, the number of students holding unpopular opinions in college declines steadily from freshman to senior year.
Just remember that correlation does not imply causation.
There are laws for pretty much everything that you would ever need a law for. That holds true when it comes to bee keepers and their swarms.
Germany, at least, has some very specific laws on what to do with a swarm that flees its keep.
If a swarm flies away and they go to someone else’s property, who now owns the bees? That depends on a few things.
Bees aren’t considered completely domesticated, so, like most captures wild animals, if they get away they are once again considered wild and without ownership.
With bees, though, there is a bit of an exception. If you immediately, and without undue delay, pursue your swarm, you can still claim ownership of them. If they end up on someone else’s property, you have the right to go onto the property and take your bees back.
There’s yet another exception to this, though. If the bees decide to make a home out of an already inhabited hive on that land, then the owner of the property takes ownership of the migrant bees. This makes sense, as it would be nearly impossible to separate the two swarms after they have merged.
If two or more swarms fly away and merge, then the two owners split ownership of the new, combined swarm.
These are pretty specific laws that are probably not used very often, if ever, but it’s good to be prepared, right?
There’s a scene in the movie where the two actors’ characters are drunk and hitting golf balls. To make it real, the actors actually got drunk, and were hitting golf balls into the side of the catering van!