Hungarian Records

The territory of present-day Hungary has for centuries been a crossroads for various peoples, including Celts, Romans, Germanic tribes, Huns, West Slavs and the Avars.

Hungarians do a lot of things better than anyone else. They have the highest proportion of female teachers in primary school in Europe: only 3% of them are men. On social media, 83% of Internet users aged 16 to 74 are active on at least one social network, 20 percentage points higher than the average European!

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Berwyn

“The City of Homes”

Anytime a city is named on “Svengoolie”, the hosted horror movie television program, they play a running gag audio clip with a crowd asking “BERWYN?” The show has been shot in Chicago since 1970, while hosts Jerry G. Bishop and Rich Koz are natives of the Chicago metro.

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9/11

Have you forgotten?

This post was originally published on 9/11/2020 and updated on 9/11/2021

Where were you on September the 11th, 1999 at 8:46 am? I was at work, D&B Software (Geac/MSA) watching on a TV, on a roll cart, that John Hilyer set-up quickly so we could all watch.

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Amato Carnage

Did the scarcity of resources such as food provoke conflict, with people choosing to attack their neighbors rather than go hungry themselves.

The ancient settlement of Amato, in the Acari valley on the Peruvian south coast, was where lives would end in carnage. This area has been found to be the site of mass beheadings. In the central Andes region of South America, the earliest signs of human decapitation date back to pre-ceramic times (before c.2000 BC).

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WWII Navy Ice Cream

USS Quartz (IX-150), a contemporary of the ice cream barge, used as a “crockery” ship

To say that ice cream was popular in the Navy is an understatement. When the carrier USS Lexington was left sinking at the Battle of the Coral Sea and the captain ordered the crew to abandon ship, some of the crew went into the reefers[1] on the mess decks first and ate every drop of ice cream she had before going over the side.

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Wet-Naps

Wet wipes are often included as part of a standard sealed cutlery package offered in restaurants or along with airline meals.

Wet-Naps, also known as a wet wipe, wet towel or a moist towelette, disposable wipe, disinfecting wipe, or a baby wipe (in specific circumstances) a small to medium-sized moistened piece of plastic or cloth that either comes folded or individually wrapped for convenience or, in the case of dispensers, as a large roll with individual wipes that can be torn off.

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Project Excelsior

614 miles per hour fall, almost hitting the speed of sound

On August 16, 1960, US Air Force Captain Joseph W. Kittinger jumped into aviation history. Project Excelsior was a series of parachute jumps made in 1959 and 1960 from helium balloons in the stratosphere. The purpose was to test the Beaupre multi-stage parachute system[1] intended to be used by pilots ejecting from high altitude

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