Look around today, February 14th 2020

Today’s Fascination:
White House Weird Facts
Weird facts; “provided by the White House Historical Association, a private nonprofit educational organization founded by former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy in 1961 with a mission “to enhance the understanding and appreciation of the Executive Mansion.””

News Bits:

New Laser Weapon
“An Israeli drone defense system fit for “Star Wars” has shot down multiple maneuvering targets with a high-powered laser beam, according to reports.
“The system achieved 100 percent success in all test scenarios,” defense technology company Rafael said in a statement”

Slavery not a crime?!?
“Slavery is not a crime in almost half the countries in the world, a study of global laws says, urging states to close legal loopholes that allow abusers to escape punishment.
Many countries lack laws which directly criminalise and punish exerting ownership or control over another person, according to the Antislavery in Domestic Legislation database launched at the United Nations headquarters in New York.”

Valentines Obscure Facts
“Giving flowers, chocolate, and heart-shaped cards are all common customs on Valentine’s Day. But why do we bother with these traditions anyway?”


Exceptional Americans, Exceptional Things:
Jane Addams
“Jane Addams (1860-1935) was a peace activist and a leader of the settlement house movement in America. As one of the most distinguished of the first generation of college-educated women, she rejected marriage and motherhood in favor of a lifetime commitment to the poor and social reform.”

Today’s Featured Video:
The Real St. Valentine of Rome