The first use of the phrase "getaway car" dates back to a robbery in Paris that took place on October 26, 1901, but there's no source for the claim, so it's hard to pinpoint its actual inception. It's even harder to track down the first time such a vehicle was used. If we're counting small potatoes incidents and not actual heists, it's possible the first getaway car was used in the 1860s, when Francis Curtis used his Curtis Steamer to drive away from a police officer following a noise complaint.
Niagara Falls might be pretty, but it's also deadly. Every second, 600,000 gallons of water rush over Horseshoe Falls, the largest of Niagara's three waterfalls and safest for barrelers. All of that water will get you over the falls pretty quickly, so anyone taking the 170-foot plunge runs a major risk of concussion or breaking some bones when their ride hits the water, but that's actually not the worst-case scenario.
Naturally, domestic servants were required to work on Christmas Day. The cookies weren't going to bake themselves, and heaven forbid a lavish holiday party be interrupted by unsupervised children. Servants didn't totally miss out on the festivities, though. Perhaps out of Christian guilt, it was customary for those who employed servants to give them the day off on December 26, sending them off to their own families with boxes of gifts, money, and/or leftovers.
Sarah Ponsonby and Lady Eleanor Butler, also known as the Ladies of Llangollen, lived together in a Boston marriage. (Wellcome Colection Gallery) With so many Elizabeths and Darcys running around over the years, you’ve likely heard that "it is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a large fortune must be in want of a wife." But what happens when you're single, financially independent, and the prospective wife in question? Put two of these women together in New Engl
Late Victorian flower show and garden party dresses with high bustles and fitted corset lines. Source: (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images) Long before the Kardashian girls started posting social media pics of their derrieres and before Sir Mix A Lot gave us the classic “Baby Got Back,” folks were still fascinated with women with predominant backsides.
Of Titantic Fame ..The “Unsinkable” Molly Brown, a name she was never called during her lifetime. Maggie Brown had always planned to marry a rich man, but instead married for love. Luckily for her, her husband J.J. struck it rich as a mining engineer. She was involved in the suffragist movement in Colorado and was a great philanthropist in Denver, but she’s best known for convincing the crew of Lifeboat #6 to turn around and look for survivors when the Titanic sank.