Historical trivia and more

Ford “Soybean” Car – World’s First Plastic Car

August 13, 1941

The world’s first plastic car is unveiled to the public by Ford. It was composed of a steel tubular frame with plastic panels attached and ran on hemp fuel. The engineer who created it claimed the plastic panels were made from soybean fiber in a phenolic resin, although others say it was likely a combination of soy, hemp, wheat, and flax. The exact formula has been lost. One of the reasons Henry Ford was interested in developing this vehicle was the shortage of steel due to World War II. He also felt the car was safer than steel cars and because it was 25% lighter, it was more fuel efficient.


Fidel Castro (Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz)

Born August 13, 1926 d. 2016

Cuban president. He was so opposed to capitalism that after conquering Cuba he ordered the destruction of all Monopoly games on the island.


The Wizard of Oz – The story of two women fighting over a pair of shoes.


Father of the Television

John Logie Baird

Born August 13, 1888 d. 1946

Scottish inventor, “Father of the Television.” He gave the first demonstration of true TV in London (1926) and the first public demonstration of color TV (1928). He also later patented a 3-D TV system (1944).
Some of Baird’s other inventions were less successful. He tried to create diamonds by heating graphite, but shorted out Glasgow’s electricity supply in the process. He invented a glass razor, which was rust-resistant, but shattered. He attempted to make pneumatic shoes with semi-inflated balloons, but they burst.


Bill Masterton

Born August 13, 1938 d. 1968

Canadian-American hockey player. Bill Masterton is the only NHL player to die as result of injuries received in a game.
Masterton was playing for the Minnesota North Stars against the Oakland Seals when he was carrying the puck up the ice at full speed and two Seals players converged on him, knocking him backwards and him landing on his head. Witnesses said he lost consciousness before hitting the ice. He was not wearing a helmet, as few players wore helmets at the time. He died two days later at the hospital without regaining consciousness. It is believed a previous concussion may have contributed to his death and that he suffered second-impact syndrome, where a concussion happens on top of previous untreated concussion causing rapid and often fatal brain swelling.
The Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy was created in 1968 under the trusteeship of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association and is presented annually to the “National Hockey League player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey”. It is often awarded to a player who has come back from career or even life-threatening illness or injury.
The NHL made helmets mandatory for the 1979-80 season.


Julia Child (Julia Carolyn McWilliams)

Died August 13, 2004 b. 1912

American chef. Her book Mastering the Art of French Cooking is considered a culinary masterwork. She also served and has been honored for her work with the OSS during WWII, during which time she developed a shark repellent that is still in use today. Sharks had been a problem for the OSS, because curious sharks were accidentally setting off underwater explosives. Child experimented with cooking various concoctions as a shark repellent, which were sprinkled in the water near the explosives and repelled sharks. This was her first venture into professional cooking.
Known for her trademark signoff, “This is Julia Child. Bon appétit!”


SOURCE for all of the above.


People try to do all sorts of clever and difficult things to improve life instead of doing the simplest and easiest thing-refusing to participate in activities that make life bad.

Leo Tolstoy  (1828-1910) Russian novelist


Let’s be clear: the work of science has nothing whatever to do with consensus. Consensus is the business of politics. Science, on the con- trary, requires only one investigator who happens to be right, which means that he or she has results that are verifiable by reference to the real world. In science consensus is irrelevant. What is relevant is re- producible results. The greatest scientists in history are great precisely because they broke with the consensus.

Michael Crichton


Defiance! 6,000 Attend ‘Illegal’ California Church Service

A California mega-church has refused to buckle under the tyrannical governor’s orders to limit attendance to 100 people. On Sunday, between 6-7,000 worshipers showed up and attended services. Also today: Florida sheriff says ‘no masks!“ A post-apocalyptic UK conference. Epidemic versus ‘case-demic.’ And a new MIT article suggests community immunity is preventing coronavirus spread in US.


Family Sues as Cop Caught on Body Cam Sexually Assaulting Their Dead Daughter, Sharing Video

Los Angeles, CA — In one of the strangest and most disgusting cases TFTP has ever reported, late last year an LAPD cop was reportedly caught on his own body camera fondling and sexually assaulting a dead woman. Following an investigation into the video, the officer was arrested and charged with a felony. Now, the family of that woman is suing.

Officer David Rojas, 27, was charged with a felony violation of state safety codes, which prohibit “having sexual contact with human remains without authority,” according to a statement from the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office. His actions were recorded on his own body camera and then he shared it with his fellow cops to gloat in his disgusting behavior.

The lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Tuesday, alleges that Officer David Rojas sexually molested Elizabeth Baggett. It also alleges invasion of privacy, intentional infliction of emotional distress, negligence, mishandling of human remains and other offenses.

According to NBC, Gloria Allred, the attorney representing the Baggett family, called Rojas’ alleged behavior “mean, vile, base and contemptible.”

“The unexpected loss of Elizabeth has been devastating for this family, and learning that she and her remains have been so disrespected and violated has compounded the loss and inflicted horrific pain and suffering on her loved ones,” Allred said in a statement. “So many women are sexually abused during their lifetime, and now we learn that some are even sexually victimized after their deaths.”

“Shock and disgust does not even come close to describing the horror of hearing this news,” the woman’s mother, Janet Baggett, said in a statement Tuesday. “We, her family, have sleepless nights, if we are able to sleep. I personally wake in sweats from the nightmares that haunt me about the events of Elizabeth’s death. Days are not much better.”

Elizabeth reportedly died from an overdose, according to the medical examiner. In a tragic irony, her 15-year-old son, Preston Sertich, said he had wanted to work in law enforcement until learning about the allegations.

“To David Rojas: After losing my Mom and processing what you did to her in her time of need, I can’t sleep. All I can think is, ‘Why?!’ How could you do something like that?” Sertich said in a statement. “You had to know what you were doing was undeniably wrong and immoral.”

In an extremely unique move, although they have shamelessly defended murderers and rapists, the Los Angeles Police Protective League, the union that usually provides legal counsel for the LAPD’s 10,000 members, said they will not be helping Rojas.

However, Rojas remains employed by the Los Angeles Police Department but is not on active duty, a spokesman said.

Instead of the typical statement of “not rushing to judgement” and the “video of the officer shooting the unarmed child in the back of the head as he ran away doesn’t show the entire picture,” the union was quick to cast out their fellow cop. This is likely due to the fact that the officer was caught on his body camera have “sexual contact” with a dead woman.