“The human animal differs from the lesser primates in his passion for lists”*…
Our friends at Public Domain Review have gone all Buzzfeed on us, creating a collection of lists that runs from “7 types of drunkard” through “114 proved plans to save a busy man time” and “9 types of newspaper adverts with a sexual purpose,” to “162 recorded sightings of sea serpents from 1522 – 1890.” Enjoy them all at “17 Numbered Lists from History.”
“17 numbered lists that will restore your faith in humanity, specifically in its ability to make numbered lists.”
* H. Allen Smith
As we enumerate, we might pause to celebrate the founding of Boston Latin School, both the first public school and oldest existing school in the United States. As the town records of Boston report:
On the 13th of the second month, 1635…At a Generall meeting upon publique notice…it was…generally agreed upon that our brother Philemon Pormort shall be intreated to become scholemaster for the teaching and nourtering of children with us
Formally opened in April of that year, the school has produced four Harvard presidents, four Massachusetts governors, and five signers of the United States Declaration of Independence. Benjamin Franklin and Louis Farrakhan are among its better-known dropouts. Current students aver that Harvard College, founded a year later in 1636, was created for Boston Latin’s first graduates.