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  • Abraham Lincoln on Random Most Surprising Things We Learned In 2022

    (#2) Abraham Lincoln

    • US President

    The name "Fido" for a dog may have been popularized by Abraham Lincoln, but the President's canine by that name met a tragic fate similar to that of his owner. With a moniker that means "fidelity" in Latin, Fido was a yellow-haired mutt the Lincoln family took in about 1855.

    Fido was a companion to Lincoln in Springfield, IL, but remained in the Midwest when the Lincoln family went to Washington, DC. Carpenter John Eddy Roll watched Fido during that time, and according to a letter he sent Lincoln in 1862, the dog was "doing well."

    The faithful canine attended Lincoln's April 1865 funeral in Springfield and spent the rest of his days there. His life was cut short at some point in 1866:

    One day the dog, in a playful manner, put his dirty paws upon a drunken man sitting on the street curbing [who] in his drunken rage, thrust a knife into the body of poor old Fido... So Fido, just a poor yellow dog, met the same fate as his illustrious master - assassination.

    The drunken man was Charlie Planck, and in the immediate aftermath of the event, Fido went behind a nearby church, where the Rolls found him. They carried him home, buried him, and covered his grave with flowers.

  • Cranberry juice on Random Most Surprising Things We Learned In 2022

    (#15) Cranberry juice

    • Food

    It's a common home remedy for people dealing with urinary tract infections: down some glasses of cranberry juice for a few days, and the infection will clear up. 

    There is some logic behind the idea that cranberry juice would be useful for UTIs. As biomedical scientist Katie McCallum noted for Houston Methodist Hospital's blog:

    One prominent theory is that a substance in cranberries, called proanthocyanidins, might help prevent UTI-causing bacteria from sticking to the walls of the bladder and other urinary tract linings. If bacteria can't stick, they're likely to get flushed away the next time you use the bathroom instead. Infection averted.

    Blueberries are also good sources of proanthocyanidins. The problem is that the juices of either berry typically don't have enough of the chemicals to make much of a difference. Plus, helping to prevent an infection isn't the same thing as curing an existing one.

    The science surrounding the medical uses of cranberries isn't settled one way or the other yet. As Dr. Pamela J. Levin explained on Penn Medicine's Women's Health Blog: 

    The data on cranberry juice and cranberry supplements with regard to urinary tract infections is inconsistent. Though studies have demonstrated potential ability to decrease symptomatic UTIs, there isn't sufficient data to determine the duration of therapy or the dose of cranberry necessary to achieve effect.

    In the absence of conclusive proof that cranberry (or blueberry) juice is truly medically useful, the best thing to do for a UTI is to visit a doctor, who can prescribe something that has been proven to work: antibiotics.

  • An 'I've Got A Secret' Contestant Witnessed The Assassination Of Abraham Lincoln on Random Most Surprising Things We Learned In 2022

    (#1) An 'I've Got A Secret' Contestant Witnessed The Assassination Of Abraham Lincoln

    Born in 1860, Samuel J. Seymour of Maryland was a guest on I've Got a Secret in 1956 at the age of 96, when he told the panel and audience that he witnessed the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. 

    In 1865, at the age of 5, Seymour, his nurse Sarah Cook, and his godmother Mrs. George S. Goldsborough went to see Our American Cousin at Ford's Theatre. He recalled sitting in balcony seats across from the Presidential Box when he witnessed John Wilkes Booth leap from the box, and President Lincoln fall over.

    Seymour was one of around 1,500 people present during Lincoln's assassination. 

  • Cookie dough on Random Most Surprising Things We Learned In 2022

    (#16) Cookie dough

    • Food

    The holidays are high cookie time, when treasured family recipes are dusted off and executed. For many people, part of the joy of cookie-baking isn't just eating a warm, oven-fresh treat; it's also sneaking bits of raw dough as your mother shoos you out of the kitchen and admonishes, “You'll die from eating raw cookie dough!” 

    Although maternal wisdom is seldom wrong, it isn't totally correct in this case. Eating raw cookie dough generally is not deadly. 

    It's true that uncooked dough could potentially harbor Salmonella bacteria, thanks to its core ingredients of raw eggs and flour. But the odds of developing a Salmonella infection from raw cookie dough are small, and if people do get sick, they typically recover without treatment. Still, the odds are enough to prompt some scientists to advise avoidance, especially for people who are immunocompromised, as they might require hospitalization for antibiotics and IV rehydration.

    The good news is that not all cookie dough puts consumers at risk of illness - specially prepared edible raw cookie dough is perfectly safe to eat, and is now available in most supermarkets.

  • Dragonflies on Random Most Surprising Things We Learned In 2022

    (#4) Dragonflies

    • Book

    Dragonflies have a 95% success rate in killing their prey, making them the most successful predatory hunters on the planet. In comparison, cheetahs have a 58% success rate, and lions are successful only 25% of the time. 

    Dragonflies' slender bodies, long, transparent wings, and multifaceted eyes make the insects ideal hunters. They can fly at speeds up to 30 miles per hour, and their wingspan and design offer the predatory insects agility and mobility their prey lack. Dragonflies are also equipped with multiple lenses and a vast field of vision, with brainpower that is evolved enough to course-correct as soon as they lose sight of their prey.

    This is excellent news for humans because dragonflies' most probable targets are pesky summer insects people try to avoid, such as mosquitoes and flies.

  • Gin and tonic on Random Most Surprising Things We Learned In 2022

    (#12) Gin and tonic

    • Beverage

    Malaria in colonial India was a major problem for British citizens and soldiers and, as a result, they relied on quinine to combat the disease. Derived from the bark of the cinchona tree, quinine was popular with European settlers in South America during the 17th century as an anti-fever drug. In colonial India, it was again used for fevers, and due to its bitterness, was usually mixed with soda water and sugar.

    The bubbly beverage soon became a new drink - tonic water; the first patents for it appeared as early as 1858. Schweppes tonic water entered the market in 1870 as "Indian Quinine Tonic" and was mixed with alcohol, namely gin

    The addition of gin to quinine and tonic water had been taking place for decades by the time commercial concoctions came on the scene. In British India, a daily gin and tonic was essential to maintaining imperial control. Part medicinal and part social, imbibing these cocktails became part of life for British expatriates. When they returned to England or ventured to other parts of the world, gin-and-tonic drinkers took their affinity for the beverage with them.  

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