So today I'm gonna talk about 10 different random things and somehow connect them. Have fun!
(remember Mercator?). He was born with his middle name "Theophilus". In his native German that's "Gottlieb". And what exactly does Gottlieb/Amadeus/Theophilus mean? God's love. Mozart also died poor and forgotten at 35 and was buried in an unmarked grave, which is kind of depressing.
Birth of a Nation in 1915, which had quotes from 28th President Woodrow Wilson sprinkled in it. But the first sound film was produced in 1927. The genre quickly declined, as you know if you've ever watched The Artist. But the 1920s were known for all that glitz and jazz, and prohibition. The Great Gatsby made this vision of the "Roaring Twenties". Modernist authors were writing: Stein, Hemingway, Dos Passos...It was a time of prosperity: more people were moving to cities, Wall Street kept creeping higher and higher to greatness (or at least to Black Tuesday), fittingly 3 months before the end of the decade. That sounded the end for all the glitz and glamour of the '20s. We wouldn't reach such a resounding crash and loss of power and money and economy until 2008, when the current Great Recession hit. Nonetheless, the '30s were pretty bad.
|From left: Alex Trebek, Ken Jennings, WATSON, Brad Rutter|
There is a note in Leonardo's handwriting which reads: "I know how one can stay underwater and survive a long time without food. But I will not publish this or reveal it to anyone. For men are wicked and would use it to kill, even at the bottom of the sea. They would make holes in the hulls of ships and sink them with all the people in them."Wow. I don't know if that's true - Interweb searchs turn up nothing. But what if it is true? We'll never know. In addition, da Vinci wrote in backwards mirror language, of Italian. Guess which country has Italian as an official language? Switzerland.
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(Fun Fact: Ken Jennings actually has a column over at mentalfloss.com where he connects 6 random topics together, like Six Degrees of Separation. I haven't found it yet but I assume he did better than I have done today.)