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5 Myths & Legends That Make Valentine’s Day Interesting

Every year we try to talk ourselves out of caring about Valentine’s Day and every year we give in to the fun of celebrating love. Or, specifically not celebrating love, if that’s your thing. Either way, even if it’s become way too commercialized, we always pay attention to society’s day of love.

This year, instead of complaining about the prices of roses and chocolates, entertain your valentine with some of the stories that make Valentine’s Day more than just a day of obligatory affections.

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Mt. Dew Got Its Start as a Mixer For Hard Liquor

 

Mt. Dew, the popular soda from Pepsi, wasn’t a Pepsi product until 1964 when they bought the rights from the Tip Corporation. Pepsi used the campaign ‘Yahoo Mountain Dew…It’ll tickle your innards’. Brothers Ally and Barney Hartman bottled ‘Mountain Dew’ in the 1940’s, but it was mostly local and used to mix hard liquors. In the 1950’s the label changed featuring its makers signatures under the Mountain Dew on the label and featured a hillbilly named ‘Gran Pappy’.

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Skeletal Remains of King Richard lll Found Under Parking Garage in England

Scientists in England believe they have found the skeletal remains of Richard lll who was king of England for two years from 1483-1485. When Richard lll ruled England there was a war going on over the throne, it was known as the War of the Roses. His army was defeated and Richard lll was killed in battle and the crown was taken over by King Henry Vll. Since 1485, no one was sure where Richard lll’s body was buried, but records showed he may have been laid to rest by Franciscan Monks at their church 100 miles north of London.

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This Day in History — King Leopold Decides to Claim The Congo as His ‘Personal Possession,’ and Everyone is OK With it For Some Reason

On this day in1885 some doofus from Belgium named King Leopold II decided to claim the Congo Free State -- a large area in Central Africa -- as "his," which is apparently something you could decide in the 1800s.

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Category: History, Offbeat
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Bones of 15th-Century Monarch King Richard III Found Under Car Park

In September, British researchers believed they had made a pretty startling discovery while digging under a car park in Leicester, which is about 100 miles southeast of London.

They had come upon what they thought were the remains of King Richard III, who died fighting the forces of Henry Tudor at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485. He is the last English monarch to die during war.

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Vince Lombardi Trophy Made by Tiffany’s

Today a new Super Bowl Champion will be crowned and the team that wins the game receives the Super Bowl Trophy, known as the Vince Lombardi Trophy. Each year a new trophy is made for the winning team and they keep it forever.

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Some Things That Have Not Happened on Super Sunday

As I’m getting ready for the game on Sunday and hearing all the reports about years past and the best play, the best player, the best team, I started thinking there are some things that have never happened on Super Sunday. Just working from memory, the Detroit Lions have never been there (they did win a championship before they started using Roman Numerals.)

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This Day in History — Patty Hearst is Released From Prison

On February 1,1979 Patty Hearst -- a young woman made famous after being brainwashed by her kidnappers and robbing a bank -- was released from prison after serving 22 months for robbing a bank with her captors.

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One Time in History There Was a February 30th

February is the month on our calendar that has 29 days except during a leap year when there are 28. There was a time in history that there was a February 30th! It happened only once and it was in Sweden and Finland in 1712

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Ben Gabbe, Getty Images

Grand Central is 100 Years Old + Celebrating

It is an iconic New York City landmark. Even if you have never been there in person, you probably have seen it in movies and TV, Grand Central Station. Grand Central Station is celebrating its centennial

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