History is the home to heroic icons that are way more bad ass than any Bruce Willis movie ever. Sergeant Ed Eaton is one of those men.
After his helicopter was shot down by the Vietcong in 1969, Ed, Major Mike Perkins, and another group of soldiers found themselves critically wounded as the enemy approached.
Ed Eaton was the least injured of all the soldiers, and took it upon himself to grab his assault rifle, and a broken sniper rifle and try to hold off the enemy.
He positioned himself on top of the busted helicopter and began to open fire, alternative between an assault rifle and a sniper rifle to trick the enemy into thinking there were more men firing than there actually was.
A rescue helicopter picked up the wounded soldiers, but Mike Perkins was pinned down underneath wreckage from the previous helicopter crash.
He was given a grenade to use in case he was about to get captured. Ed Eaton, on the other hand, refused to let Perkins die alone with no hope of survival.
Ed Eaton stayed and saved his last two bullets for Perkins and himself. Luckily, the Vietcong began to retreat and another rescue helicopter was sent. They rescued both Ed and Mike!
Yes, Congress is taking steps to ensure that you’re online legacy remains intact. Every public tweet since Twitter’s inception in March 2006 has been and will continue to be archived digitally at the Library of Congress. This means that the library is ingesting more than 50 million tweets every single day.
The best part of this entire story is that the Library of Congress actually tweeted this information on April 14 2010. This was on the same day their number of followers surpassed 50 000. The implications of this are overwhelming. Just think, social networking has made it possible for future generations to find out what was once “trending.”
All the people that we misquoted, and what exactly we had for lunch that one time. And, of course, every single OMG Fact that we've tweeted out!
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 Maasai people of Africa whistle and communicate with the Honey Guide bird. The bird has a special call that it only uses when communicating with humans. They help the Maasai find honeycomb. The bird's call changes as the Maasai get closer and closer to the honeycomb. So, why does the Honey Guide help the Maasai? The Maasai return the favor and give the bird some of the honeycomb. If they didn't give back, the bird could lead them into harm's way the next time.
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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