Bone up on this true history
Thomas Edison didn’t invent the lightbulb. He was decades away from its creation. Humphry Davy discovered how to make electric light in 1802, and other inventors created bulbs since then. The problem was that the bulbs did not last long and were impractical.
In 1879, Thomas Edison created a bulb that could last 1200 hours, and he marketed and sold it for commercial use.
The Fated Apple
Had Isaac Newton been hit on the head with his famous apple, he may have been too much in pain to think about gravity. Researchers have found that the young Isaac merely saw an apple fall while walking in an orchard, and he began thinking about why things fall straight down to the ground.
You can still visit the orchard at Woolsthorpe Manor and watch apples fall for yourself.
To Kill a Witch
During the horrendous witch trials in and around Salem, Massachusetts, 25 people lost their lives due to absurd allegations that they were practicing witchcraft and plaguing the city’s citizens.
None of the executions were done by fire. Almost all of the accused people were hanged. Five people, including two infants, died in prison. One man was crushed with massive stones.
Giles Corey, the victim of the crushing death, was told multiple days over the days of his slow death to confess to his crimes and save his life. He only said, “More weight.”