What was the first assassination attempt on a U.S. president?
In 1835, a demented house painter fired two pistols at President Andrew Jackson from a distance of only six feet. Fortunately, both guns misfired.
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How long does it take blood to circulate through the body?
On average, it takes about 45 seconds for blood to circulate from the heart, all around the body, and back to the heart again. An average adult's heart beats more than 100,000 times a day.
Why do we call bad family members "black sheep"?
Shepherds and sheepowners of old disliked black sheep because they were less valuable on the market than white ones. A "black sheep" in the family has come to be known as a disgraceful member who shames the rest
Where did the expression "raining cats and dogs" come from?
In mythology, the cat is believed to have great influence on the weather. Witches that rode on storms were said to take the form of cats. The dog is a signal of wind, as it was an attendant of Odin, the storm king. So cats symbolize heavy rain, and dogs symbolize strong gusts of wind.
How do you treat fire ant bites?
The most commonly recommended treatment is to rub the area with ammonia on a cotton swab, and repeat as often as necessary.
What are some ways that people paid taxes in the past?
In biblical times, taxes were paid with herbs such as anise, and in medieval Europe, people used honey to pay their taxes.
How can I clean my garbage disposal?
Dump in a tray of ice cubes made from vinegar and water, then turn on the water and run the disposal as usual.
How can I get behind my radiator to paint the walls?
At your local paint or hardware store, you should be able to find paint rollers about 1 inch thick and 7 inches long, with 24-inch-long handles. These rollers are made for just this kind of tricky painting situation. Using this tool, you should be able to reach wherever you need to.