Second Thoughts

Believe it or not, it's better to feel pain from burns than to not feel anything at all.


Determining the world's second circumnavigator ain't as easy as you'd think.

A 1,109 carat diamond from Botswana.

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Second Day of School for the Little Rock Nine


The decision handed down in 1954 by the U.S. Supreme Court in the Brown v. the Board of Education of Topeka case put an end to the idea of "separate but equal" in the U.S. and effectively ruled that segregation on the basis of race was unconstitutional. It was no longer permissible for public institutions to have separate bathrooms for black people and white people, separate offices for black people and white people, or more to the point of this article, separate schools for black people and white people. For 58 years following the 1896 Supreme Court decision in Plessy v. Ferguson, this type of enforced segregation was the law of the land. It didn't stop there, in many parts of America, it was against the law during to NOT segregate certain facilities.

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With the passing of the great American rock musician Tom Petty, SilverMedals.net would like to highlight his second-best-selling track, "Free Fallin", which was included on the excellent album Full Moon Fever.


In honor of the excellent Ken Burns and Lynn Novick documentary The Vietnam War, which is currently showing on PBS, I thought it was a fitting time to highlight Harry Griffith Cramer, Jr., the person considered as the second U.S. soldier to be killed during that conflict.


The main idea behind SilverMedals.net isn't only to highlight the people who finished in second place, sequels, or second superlatives of things (second biggest, second smallest, etc...,) but also to present those who lost in a notable contest, battle, or conflict of whatever sort. The loser here is not the loser in the negative sense, but more in the straight up definition as the side that lost the event.