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Five Things to Know Today, Dec. 29

Guaranteed to tell you something you didn't know yesterday.

Another day, another five things.

The weather: It's a bit warmer than yesterday. A high of 57 is predicted with a low of 42. It'll be another sunny and clear day, too.

Gas prices: Patch's Traffic and Gas page says a lot of prices are still $3!

Lunacy and cyanide. Grigori Rasputin, the controversial mystic from Russia, was assassinated on this day in 1916. Accounts vary on the murder, but according to Wikipedia, a group of men poisoned Rasputin with cyanide, shot him in the back, and threw him in the Neva River, where he later drowned.

Oh, Savannah. Two thousand British soldiers captured the coastal city in 1778 during the American Revolutionary War. For the first time in two years, the British flag flew over Savannah.

"The soup that won the war." Pepper Pot Day also has roots in the Revolutionary War. On this day in 1777, George Washington wanted a meal to warm his Continental troops. The army's chef, Christopher Ludwick, put together some tripe, meat, peppercorn and seasonings, and made the first version of the pepper pot soup. The meal is said to have boosted the troops' morale, and the soup legend simply grew. 

Delin Colon December 29, 2011 at 04:26 PM
The book "Rasputin and The Jews: A Reversal of History" reveals how Rasputin was vilified by the antisemitic Russian aristocracy for advocating equal rights for the oppressed Russian Jews.
Sarah Bakhtiari December 29, 2011 at 06:57 PM
I'll have to check that out. Thanks for reading!

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