Kat Eschner – Coca-Colas Creator Said the Drink Would Make You Smarter

The late nineteenth century was a time when medicine hadnt caught up with other fields,writesMark Pendergrast in his history of the Coca-Cola company. That meant people turned to the massive industry ofpatent medicines,brewed concoctions marketed by people professing medical knowledge. But patent medicines, which could contain things as harmful as arsenic or as benign as vegetables, generally didnt help.
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Kat Eschner – How Agent Orange Turned This American Small Town Into a Toxic Waste-Ridden Deathtrap

Thats when the town’s former residents voted it out of corporate existence. Only one elderly couple still lived there at the time, according to a report published in The New York Times. Three years previously, the town had been home to 2,242 residents, who were all suddenly evacuated when it was revealed that their dirt roads had all been sprayed down with a mixture containing the toxic chemical dioxinthe main ingredient in Agent Orange.
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Kat Eschner – Why Was Babe Ruth So Good At Hitting Home Runs?

Born on this day in 1895, George Herman Ruth first made his name as a left-handed pitcher for the Boston Red Sox. But what made him really famous was his work for the New York Yankees as a batter. His career there has become one of Major League Baseballs founding legends, and his nicknamesthe Great Bambino, the Sultan of Swat, the Caliph of Clout, the Big Fellow, etc.reflect that status.
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Kat Eschner – The First Breakfast Cereal, Granula, Had to Be Soaked Before Being Eaten

The first manufactured breakfast cereal, it was developed in 1863 by a doctor and health reformer named James Caleb Jackson. Jackson believed, as many did at the time, that sicknesses were based in the digestive system. At the health spa he ran in upstate New York, he began experimenting with cold cereal as a cure for illness.
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Kat Eschner – The Little House on the Prairie Was Built on Native American Land

The third book, which has the same name as the series, takes place when the Ingalls family settled on the Osage Diminished Reserve from 1869 to 1870. The Ingalls family arrived in Kansas with a large tide of other squatters in the summer and fall of 1869, writes Penny T. Linsenmayer in Kansas History. In the end, they moved on after federal troops threatened to remove them and other illegal settlers from Osage land, she writes.
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