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Only Nine Mothers Of U.S. Senators Are Still Living

From June 5, 1910

ONLY NINE MOTHERS OF U.S. SENATORS ARE STILL LIVING

ONLY NINE MOTHERS OF U.S. SENATORS ARE STILL LIVING: They Are All Unusually Interesting and Forceful Characters and Have Contributed Much to the Successes of Their Distinguished Sons (PDF)

My first thought: “Oh, wow. Only nine mothers of Senators were still alive in 1910. That’s awful.”

My second thought: “Wait a minute. I have no idea how many mothers of Senators are alive today. Maybe nine is a lot. After all, there are lots of old Senators.” It didn’t take long to figure out that whatever the current number is, it surely must be higher than nine. After all, there are 41 Senators in their 40s and 50s, and the average female lifespan in the U.S. is around 80 years old. So it seems likely that dozens of Senator’s mothers are still alive today.

The oldest mother in the article is Mrs. Ingeborg Nelson, mother of Knute Nelson (R-MN). She was 95.

Also mentioned is Caroline Wingo Gore, mother of Thomas Pryor Gore (D-OK). I was curious whether there is any relation to Al Gore, and it turns out the answer is no. But there is relation to author (and unsuccessful Democratic candidate for Congress) Gore Vidal, who is Thomas Gore’s grandson.

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Written by David

June 4th, 2010 at 9:05 am

Posted in Life,Politics

Rolling A Barrel Round The World

From June 5, 1910

ROLLING A BARREL ROUND THE WORLD

ROLLING A BARREL ROUND THE WORLD (PDF)

Two Venetians, Zanardi Ottilio and Vianello Eugen, have undertaken a trip around the world, during which they intend to visit every country, and have pledged themselves not to enter a dwelling house during that time.

They carry a barrel containing a stove and all the implements they need. This barrel serves them as shelter, and they are, according to the terms of the wager they are said to have made, compelled to trundle this barrel before them during the whole trip.

This was written ten months into their odd trip, which was expected to take twelve years. But the only other article I could find about them is on a Norwegian website that seems to suggest (if I’m reading Google’s translation correctly) that they only lasted another month after this article was written before giving up.

But that’s not the sad part. The sad part is this quote: “As companions they took along two dogs which however succumbed to the exertions of the trip.”

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Written by David

June 4th, 2010 at 9:03 am

Posted in Adventure

A Flying Auto-Machine

From June 5, 1910

A FLYING AUTO-MACHINE

A FLYING AUTO-MACHINE (PDF)

According to a HowStuffWorks article on the history of flying cars, the first attempt at a flying car was the Curtiss Autoplane in 1917. And yet the caption for this 1910 photo says, “The Grawert flying auto-machine has been invented by the German civil engineer Grawert. It can be used equally as a flying machine and as an automobile.”

Has the Grawert flying auto-machine been overlooked in the flying car history books?

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Written by David

June 4th, 2010 at 9:01 am

Posted in Technology