Unusual Interesting Facts about Great Depression

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Unusual interesting facts about great depression
Interesting and Unusual Facts from Great Depression

The Great Depression started in 1929

The Stock Market Crash was one of the main reasons for the Great Depression. Billions of dollars of stocks were lost.

The Stock Market crashed on October 29, 1929. This day is known as "Black Tuesday."

As a result of the crash unemployment went up, people lost their homes, people were very poor and could not afford the necessities of life.

Fifty percent of the children in the United States did not have "adequate food, shelter, clothing, or medical care." Some went completely without these necessities. Children started fainting because they did not have enough to eat.

Many people had to go to soup kitchens to get food. The lines were very long. People would spend all day waiting in line just to get a small meal. Soup kitchens were run by charities.

Some people did not even have a soup kitchen to go to. People had to pick trash to find food.

In the 1920s there were no governmental programs to help those who had fallen on hard times. As a result of the Great Depression we know have many governmental agencies to help in times of need.

People did not have money for necessities so there was no way they were going out and buying things they did need. Companies that sold items such as car and other appliance that were selling like crazy before the depression were not selling anything. So production factories stop making money so more people lost jobs.

People who did have jobs made barely enough to survive. Hired farm hands only made
$216.00 a year. A doctor made $3,382.99 a year. - Now this is one heck of a Great Depression Fact!

A few years later things became worse for Americans when the Dust Bowl started. In the area of the Dust Bowl people suffered from a severe drought and dust storms.

Dust was everywhere: lungs, food, drinks, houses, furniture, bodies.

Many people fled their homes to get away from the dust. They had little food and no place to stay. They lived in old cars, boxcars, and some on the streets.

The Dust Bowl most of the crops in the affected region. So there was little food to go around.

Many people were headed west to start over where there was no dust. Many people went to California. Others had no choice but to stay behind and suffer.

People who had savings in banks lost all their money. Banks had lent the money out and there was no money to pay it back. Today we have protection when we put our money in the bank thanks to laws past as a result of the Great Depression.

Many people lived in settlements where they built shacks out whatever they could find. These settlements for called Hoovervilles, named after President Hoover.

President Herbert Hoover in office in the beginning of the Great Depression. He was blamed for "doing too little too late."

Some people would go into restaurants and pretend they were going to order when the waitress went back into the kitchen they would poor all the stuff on the table like ketchup, salt, pepper, etc into their water. They would drink it down before the waitress came back and then they would tell her that they changed their minds and they didn't see anything on the menu they wanted. This drink mixture was called "Hoover soup."

African Americans were hit hardest during the depression. Companies laid off African Americans before others. - Unusual facts on Great Depression had its toll.

Many farmers could not pay off their loan they had taken out so the bank would take their belongings and auction them off.

In order to protect each other friends and neighbors would go to the auctions and pay low prices for the property and give it back to the original owner. They would refuse to pay very much money. These auctions are referred to as penny auctions.

In 1933 Franklin D. Roosevelt became president.

Mrs. Roosevelt received thousands of letters from children begging for money, clothes, books, food, and other things for their families. Segregation prevented them from finding many options for housing.

Franklin D. Roosevelt came up with a New Deal policy to help get America out of the Great Depression.

Some programs created under the New Deal are still around today: Social Security, National Recovery Administration, and Securities and Exchange Commissions.

FDIC was created as a result of the Depression. This makes sure we do not lose money we put in the bank.

FDR used to talk to the nation on the radio. His talks are known as fireside talks. He would encourage the nation during his speeches.

The Great Depression is said to have ended in 1939. This great depression fact is still not certain.

World War II made the United States economy go up. Factories and farms were once again needed to produce products and food overseas.

Weird, Funny and Strange Laws Around The World

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Weird, Funny and Strange Laws Around the World

Being guilty not posting for so long is being taken seriously here in Everything Unusual so with that being said, im going to tackle something that I know most of you will enjoy reading. Its all about weird, funny and strange laws around the world from brazil to france and everything in between.

This is a compilation of 25 strangest laws of the land. I verified some of the laws that are included in the list and I found 8 to be true out of the 8 laws that ive checked. A pretty indication that this list is indeed, legit. Enjoy!

25. It is illegal for a cab in the City of London to carry rabid dogs or corpses.

24. It is illegal to die in the Houses of Parliament.

23. It is an act of treason to place a postage stamp bearing the British monarch upside down.

22. In France, it is forbidden to call a pig Napoleon.
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21. Under the UK’s Tax Avoidance Schemes Regulations 2006, it is illegal not to tell the taxman anything you don’t want him to know, though you don’t have to tell him anything you don’t mind him knowing.

20. In Alabama, it is illegal for a driver to be blindfolded while driving a vehicle.

19. In Ohio, it is against state law to get a fish drunk.

18. Royal Navy ships that enter the Port of London must provide a barrel of rum to the Constable of the Tower of London.

17. In the UK, a pregnant woman can legally relieve herself anywhere she wants – even, if she so requests, in a policeman’s helmet.

16. In Lancashire, no person is permitted after being asked to stop by a constable on the seashore to incite a dog to bark.

15. In Miami, Florida, it is illegal to skateboard in a police station.

14. In Indonesia, the penalty for masturbation is decapitation.

13. In England, all men over the age of 14 must carry out two hours of longbow practice a day.

12. In London, Freemen are allowed to take a flock of sheep across London Bridge without being charged a toll; they are also allowed to drive geese down Cheapside.

11. In San Salvador, drunk drivers can be punished by death before a firing squad.

10. In the UK, a man who feels compelled to urinate in public can do so only if he aims for his rear wheel and keeps his right hand on his vehicle.

9. In Florida, unmarried women who parachute on Sundays can be jailed.

8. In Kentucky, it is illegal to carry a concealed weapon more than six-feet long.

7. In Chester, Welshmen are banned from entering the city before sunrise and from staying after sunset.

6. In the city of York, it is legal to murder a Scotsman within the ancient city walls, but only if he is carrying a bow and arrow.

5. In Boulder, Colorado, it is illegal to kill a bird within the city limits and also to “own” a pet – the town’s citizens, legally speaking, are merely “pet minders”.

4. In Vermont, women must obtain written permission from their husbands to wear false teeth.

3. In London, it is illegal to flag down a taxi if you have the plague.

2. In Bahrain, a male doctor may legally examine a woman’s genitals but is forbidden from looking directly at them during the examination; he may only see their reflection in a mirror.

1. The head of any dead whale found on the British coast is legally the property of the King; the tail, on the other hand, belongs to the Queen - in case she needs the bones for her corset.

That's today's list of the top 25 Wierd, Funny and Strange Laws Around the World. Hope you guys had it. Remember to keep an eye for those unusual facts guys! Till the next post! Source.