The Legacy Of The First Slot Machine: Charles Fey’s Liberty Bell

It might be hard to imagine just how wild the people went for this machine, but it was the biggest hit of its time. In fact, so hugely positive was the reception that Charles Fey had to go around to saloons all over California to install his machine. Suffice it to say that this was the beginning of the slots revolution in earnest.

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Commodities that destroyed the British Empire

Hence, two humble commodities tea and opium transformed the world by setting the stage for the rise of the two great powers of the 21st Century, the United States of America and the People’s Republic of China.

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What Political Eras Resemble Ours?

I think our era is more violent and dangerous than the Sixties. However, the radicalism and violence we see today is not unprecedented in American history.

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Questions we’re not Asking About Afghanistan

Are we supposed to believe that a mob of poppy growers and sheepherders led by village schoolteachers with Korans is now a crack fighting force? I suspect somebody from outside Afghanistan is helping them.

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A Soviet Invasion of Western Europe would have been Horrific

However, NATO had a secret weapon that could have burned most of the Soviet War machine and tens of thousands of Soviet soldiers to a crisp. The weapon was napalm. Napalm is a flammable petroleum jelly that airplanes can easily drop.

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Myths and truths about the Dictators’ Jobs

So what job do you need to work at if you want to become a dictator? Other than politician, professional revolutionary, and army officer; the three most common jobs for dictators, it is hard to say. If you name a job, there is probably a historical example of a tyrant who once worked at it.

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