The McDonalds coffee lawsuit, most people use it as a sign of what’s wrong with America and what’s wrong with the current judicial system. A concern is that most people don’t know the facts of the case, or what happened during the trial. The case was a meme before memes existed. Today we will dispel the myths and rumors about the silly lady who thought it was a good idea to drive holding hot coffee between her legs.

On February 27, 1992, Stella Liebeck, a 79-year-old woman from Albuquerque, New Mexico, ordered a 49 cent cup of coffee from the…


Coca-Cola (Coke) vs. Pepsi, the old vanguard of tradition vs. the new upstart vying for the soft drink crown. This story has been told many times throughout literature, history and pop culture, it’s essentially a battle of old vs. new, or innovation vs. tradition.

Pepsi introduced Diet Pepsi in 1964, it took Coke until 1982 for it to come out with Diet Coke. Coke wasn’t a company that was comfortable with change.

After World War II, Coke had 60% of the soft drink market share. In 1983, that market share percentage had declined to under 24%. The decline in sales…


When most people think of The War on Drugs, they think of the 1980s, D.A.R.E., Nancy Reagan and the Just Say No TV ads. The term was first introduced into our Lexicon in the 1970s by Richard Nixon. He used the term in a speech, where he declared drug abuse “public enemy number one.”

In the 1968 Presidential election, Nixon essentially ran the original MAGA campaign. The 1960s was a time of upheaval and change from the way America was, and Nixon campaigned on making America normal again for good, upstanding citizens (aka Caucasians). The principal opponents who opposed Nixon…


In 1902, U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt went on a bear hunting trip in Mississippi with Governor Andrew H. Longino. During the trip, everybody but Roosevelt had killed an animal. A group of men on the tour, cornered, clubbed and tied an American black bear to a willow tree. The man called for Roosevelt to shoot and kill the bear, Roosevelt refused, saying it would be unsportsmanlike, but that they should kill the bear to put it out of its misery. The incident turned into a political cartoon. …


Today we know Amazon as one of the big 5 technology companies in the U.S. Jeff Bezos started the company in his garage in 1994, and today it’s the most valuable retailer in the U.S. Some people reading this article; may have an Amazon Prime account, own a Kindle, have an Echo device in your home, grocery shop at Whole Foods, watch tv on a Fire stick, have a Ring camera system or just ordered stuff from Amazon and have it delivered to their home. All of these actions or things are under the Amazon umbrella and are essential in…


Earlier this year they announced that the Aunt Jemima pancake mix/ syrup brand changed its name to Pearl Milling Company. Aunt Jemima is a brand name that drips of a racial stereotype. Many know the infamous brand, but did you know the brand spawned a restaurant chain in the 1950s and 1960s?

In 1888, Chris L. Rutt and Charles G. Underwood purchased the Pearl Milling Company (hence the current name change). The pair of men were seeking to stand out in a crowded milling market and came up with a recipe for “Self-Rising Pancake Flour.” Rutt attended a minstrel show…


Our human society loves its traditions and norms. We follow traditions even when we don’t know the origins of said traditions. If it was good enough for our parents, grandparents and ancestors, it can’t be wrong, right? There are many “mores” that we consider morally wrong today, yet they are still in practice in our world. One of these “mores” is the act of domestic violence against one’s spouse or romantic partner.

In Roman Law, a husband had the right to chastise (physically abuse) his wife even to the point of death! This law was in the early stages of…


Carolco Pictures was an independent motion picture production company. Mario Kassar and Andrew Vajna found it in 1976. They purchased the name Carolco from a defunct company in Panama; the name had no meaning.

Carolco came to prominence in Hollywood with the release of its movie First Blood, starring Sylvester Stallone in 1982. Kassar and Vajna bought the film rights to the First Blood book for $385,000. There was no guarantee the film would do well, but it did great, making $120 million worldwide.

With the success of First Blood, Carolco made a sequel that was released on America’s 10…


Before the 17th century, humans did not identify according to race. Humans identified according to tribal associations and nation state affiliations. The works of Johann Friedrich Blumenbach started the spark that would change the world’s thinking about race.

Blumenbach studied Craniometry. In 1779, in his work, he divided the human species into five races. These terms are the first time we see racial differentiation in the world. The five races are:

1. The Caucasian or white race, which includes people of European, Middle Eastern, and North African origins.

2. The Mongolian or yellow race, which includes all East Asians and…


Warren G. Harding was the 29th President of the United States. His Presidency was pretty nondescript and short due to him dying of a heart attack two years into his term. Harding’s Presidency is more known for the scandals, affairs and tomfoolery that went on during his term.

During Harding’s Presidential Campaign, The New York World, called Harding the least qualified candidate since James Buchanan, it deemed him a “weak and mediocre” man who “never had an original idea.” The New York Times described Harding as “ a very respectable Ohio politician of the second class.” …

marlon mosley

recovering Lawyer, History buff who wants to share my knowledge with the world . To teach them lessons from our past. see all of the stories on www.mwmblog.com

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