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Scott Joplin was a schooled musician. Many jazz critics are not aware that he composed a symphony and two operas, in addition to the countless popular rags he wrote. One opera, Treemonisha, is still performed today.
Entertainment » Music

At the height of the teddy bear's huge popularity in the early 1900s, there is record of one Michigan priest who publicly denounced the teddy as an insidious weapon. He claimed that the stuffed toy would lead to the destruction of the instincts of motherhood and eventual racial suicide.
History

President William McKinley always wore a red carnation in his lapel for good luck.
People » US Presidents

Before he achieved fame as a scientist, Albert Einstein worked as an examiner at the Swiss patent office.
People

The first persons to drive across Canada were Thomas Wilby and F.V. Haney in 1912. Although some parts of the country didn't even have roads then, the two made the trip in 52 days.
People

56% of women do the bills in a marriage.
Surveys

Edmond Hoyle, an alleged English barrister, codified the rules to Whist, the predecessor to Bridge. The game became so popular that entire clubs were devoted to it in eighteenth-century London.
People

The word monsoon is derived from the Arabic word mausim, meaning "season." It was first used by Arab sailors to describe the seasonal winds that blow across the Arabian Sea.
Words and Numbers

One in five American households move in a given year. The average American moves 11 times. But most of us - 61 percent - still live in the state we were born in. And big corporations report increasing resistance to transfers to new cities...with many people turning down promotions in order to stay put.
Surveys

A magic potion or charm thought to arouse sexual love, especially toward a specific person, is known as a "philter."
Words and Numbers

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