9 True And Bizarre Tales From The Ku Klux Klan 0 26

The Ku Klux Klan has a long, terrible history in the United States. But there are many lesser-known and often strange events that the infamous ‘white power’ hate group has been involved with.

That One Time A Jewish Man Joined The KKK

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Dan Burros brought the term “self-hating Jew” to an entirely new and horrifying level.

After graduating from high school in 1955, Burros joined the United States Army. However, after a few failed suicide attempts, the army discharged him. One suicide attempt included a note singing the praises of Hitler, the man who was hellbent on exterminating Jews like Burros.

After being kicked out of the army, he joined the American Nazi Party, where he climbed up the ranks very quickly. He later joined the KKK and eventually became the Grand Dragon of New York. Somehow, Burros was able to hide his Jewish heritage until October 1965, when the New York Times wrote a searing article and outed him.

When the article came out, Burros was staying at a fellow KKK member’s house. Almost immediately after reading the story, Burros shot himself in the chest, but survived. He next pointed the gun to his head and said, “This will do it.”

Superman Vs. The KKK


In the 1940s, Superman went head-to-head with the KKK on the widely popular radio show “The Adventures of Superman.”

After World War II, the KKK ballooned in size and was quickly gaining more power. Stetson Kennedy, a young writer and activist, went undercover and attended KKK meetings in order to gain information on the hate group. He desperately wanted to expose the horrors of the KKK and approached authorities with information, but most didn’t listen. The KKK was powerful and few people wanted to go up against them.

Frustrated, Kennedy finally approached the writers of the Superman radio show and they accepted. With the Nazis defeated they needed a new villain and the KKK was the perfect, evil fit.

Throughout the 16-episode series called “Clan Of The Fiery Cross,” Superman exposed some of the KKK’s most guarded secrets and rituals. The series brought awareness to the public and by 1948 people were showing up to KKK rallies to mock them.

Baseball And The KKK


In the 1920s, the KKK had a few accomplished baseball teams who had no problem playing other all-black teams. Surprisingly, most of these games, including the games that the KKK lost, ended peacefully. There was only one loss against an all-Jewish baseball team in 1926 that ended in a clash.

We guess being a good sport was more important than “White Power” when it came to baseball.

The KKK Tried To Adopt The Rosa Parks Highway


Who says the KKK can’t do good things for communities, besides any sane person ever.

In 2012, a chapter of the KKK in Georgia tried to adopt the Rosa Parks Highway through the Adopt-A-Highway program. Yes, the KKK tried to adopt a highway named after one of the most iconic figures in the Civil Rights Movement.

Thankfully, the Georgia transportation officials had the good sense to reject the chapter’s request. The transportation officials said that roadside signs with KKK language would distract drivers.

If the KKK had been approved to adopt the Rosa Parks Highway, their signs would have read, “IKK Realm of GA Ku Klux Klan.”

‘Float Like A Butterfly, Sting Like A Bee’

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After joining the Nation of Islam, Muhammad Ali, born Cassius Clay, became chummy with the KKK and had meetings with their leaders. In fact, he even attended a KKK rally where he said “Black people should marry their own women. Bluebirds with bluebirds. Red birds with red birds. Pigeons with pigeons. Eagles with eagles. God didn’t make no mistake!”

Operation Red Dog


In the early 1980s, Canadian and American mercenaries affiliated with the KKK hatched a terrible plan dubbed “Operation Red Dog” to overthrow the government of Dominica. The wanted to bring back to power the recently ousted prime minister Patrick John.

The main people involved in “Operation Red Dog” were American Klansman Mike Perdue, German-Canadian neo-Nazi Wolfgang Droege, and Barbadian weapons smuggler Sydney Burnett-Alleyne. Not surprisingly, the U.S. government uncovered their plan and arrested the people involved.

Kool Koast Kamp

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In the summer of 1924, Ku Klux Klan members could kick back and relax at the Kool Koast Kamp in Rockport, Texas. The four-month KKK resort advertised itself as the “Healthiest road to the Koolest Summer.” For a dollar a day, guests could enjoy sunbathing, fishing, “watermelon parties,” and of course the safety and warmth of the nightly burning cross.








The KKK Didn’t Monkey Around When It Come To Evolution


In the 1920s, evolution was not a widely accepted science. But Soviet Russia was determined to prove it right and subsequently rid society of religion. Backed by the government, Soviet scientist Ilya Ivanov tried to create a human/monkey hybrid by inseminating female chimpanzees with human semen. That experiment failed. He next tried to inseminate a human females with monkey sperm. In order to secure enough monkey semen, Ivanov contacted Rosalia Abreu, a Cuban heiress who had a large chimpanzee menagerie

Not surprisingly the KKK opposed the evolutionary theory and was appalled with the scientific experiment. It threatened and intimidated Abreu. Eventually, Abreu gave into the KKK and did not provide Ivanov with chimpanzee semen.

Before Ivanov could find another source of monkey sperm, he was killed in Stalin’s gulags.





KKK Vs. Westboro Baptist Church

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Who knew the KKK and the Westboro Baptist Church hate each other? In fact, when the Westboro Baptist Church showed up to protest at a funeral for a soldier in Arlington, the KKK showed up to counter-protest. Maybe there are nuanced opinions among hate groups.

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11 Products Most Women Use That Were Invented By Men 0 4

For all of our recent attempts at gender neutral and equality, there are certain products that are used mostly by women.

But surprisingly, many of those were designed by particularly insightful men—who knew not just what a woman wanted, but what she needed.


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The Tampax company was run by a rather formidable lady by the name of Gertrude Tendrich.

But the patent their prime product was based on was filed by a Colorado GP, Dr. Earle Haas. He sold the patent to Gertrude when he couldn’t get women to buy his product. He also pioneered the contraceptive diaphragm (and sold the patent for that off too for similar reasons).

Sanitary Pads

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Oddly, the modern pad is derived from something created by Benjamin Franklin. Yes. That Benjamin Franklin. The $100 dollar bill Benjamin Franklin.

He initially developed multi-level absorbent pads to block up battle wounds. Within a few decades, they’d been re-purposed and re-packaged for women’s use during that time of the month.

The Birth Control Pill

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The birth control pill was developed through two collaborations of gentlemen. Drs. Gregory Pincus and John Rock usually get the credit for the first oral contraceptive.

But the one most of us take today was a group effort by chemist Carl Djerassi, Dr. George Rosenkranz and their student, Luis E. Miramontes. Birth control as a concept was, however, pioneered by ladies and men.


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Coin purses and luggage have existed in one form or another for millennia. But the first order for something more akin to the modern handbag or pocketbook was placed by a British entrepreneur during the 1840s.

Candy magnate Samuel Parkinson demanded a moderately sized traveling bag for his wife’s personal effects. London leather goods company H.J. Cave & Sons complied with his order and then used it as the basis for the first line of modern designer hand bags.

Nylon Stockings

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Cloth and silk stockings were floating around for a while—but were rather expensive luxury goods for most of their history.

But the male-run Dupont company is what made them mass producible. They quickly realized that the new nylon fabric they created would translate into ladies’ legwear and set up such successful marketing there was a post-war stocking-riot when they couldn’t keep up with demand.

The Bikini

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Two male designers both compete for the title of the creator of the modern bikini— and they are both French.

Jacques Heim and Louis Réard purportedly came up with the design at the same time in 1946.

The Thighmaster

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The Thigmaster was popularized by 70s sitcom star Suzanne Somers.

But the mastermind behind the clunky and bizarre exercise device was a gent by the name of Joshua Reynolds. Incidentally, he’s also the same guy who marketed the world mood rings.

Hair Dye

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The synthetic hair dye that’s opened up such a wide arena of natural and unnatural coloring (for women and men) was also designed by a man.

French chemist Eugène Schueller developed the first recipe, and used it as the start up example for his new company—a little thing you might have heard of called L’Oreal.

Liquid Foundation

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Most make-up only used to come in white (seriously, everyone in Queen Elizabeth’s court looked like terrifying white-faced mimes).

The first foundations were not just white, they were made up of a terrifying concoction of chemicals that burned out the skin of the lords, ladies, and performers that applied it regularly. Enter German actor Carl Baudin. He’s the guy behind flesh-toned grease-paint—the precursor to modern liquid foundation.

Face Powder

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Likewise, face powder also used to only come in one color: bright white. It wasn’t really useful for anyone but the palest of showgirls and geishas.

Early Hollywood cosmetician Max Factor grew frustrated with the lack of variability and created face powder in different skin tones. And then went on to found one of the world’s greatest cosmetics companies.


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Two other make-up magnates both technically invented mascara: one each on either side of the Atlantic.

At the same time perfumer-maker Eugene Rimmel was making mascara for his clients in Paris, American T. L. Williams created a recipe for his sister Maybel. Eugene went on to found Rimmel. And Williams and his sister created Maybelline.

11 People You Wouldn’t Believe Used To Be In The KKK 0 3

The KKK is one of few groups that is so associated with fear and hate-mongering, its own members don’t want to reveal their faces. Today, we lift that shroud of mystery to take a look at some surprising people who were members of the KKK.

Ashley Wilkes

Granted, Ashley Wilkes is a character from “Gone With the Wind” and not an actual person, but it’s still rather jarring to know that the formation of the KKK is portrayed in the famous movie. The KKK was born in the aftermath of the Civil War, in 1866. The earliest inception of the group was to protect women and other citizens from the shanty towns that sprang up all over the south once the war ended. From these lofty ideals, the group quickly devolved into an organization bent on oppression and terror. Ashley Wilkes is like a great many real white southerners who joined the organization with good intentions in mind. But that was way back in 1866.

Nathan Bedford Forrest

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To be specific, the KKK began in Tennessee. The white hoods and sheets were meant to represent the ghosts of the Confederate soldiers who died in the Civil War. But soon, the group was more about terrorizing blacks than it was about protecting whites. The KKK rode at night, perpetrating raids on areas where blacks lived. Nathan Bedford Forrest, former Confederate general, was in command of the KKK until 1868. He formally disbanded the group at this point, appalled by the violence of it. The KKK lived on, however.

Hugo L. Black

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Congress created a committee in 1871 to investigate the Klan, and passed the civil rights act of 1871 to help curtail the group’s activities. But years later, the KKK would infiltrate the highest levels of government. We’re referring, of course, to Supreme Court Justice Hugo L. Black, a trial attorney from Alabama who joined the group in 1923. He was appointed to the Court in 1937, and there is no clear evidence that he ever left the KKK. Black is to the far left in this photo, standing with two other justices.

William McKinley

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President William McKinley, from Ohio, was a member of the KKK. He served in office from 1897 to 1901. McKinley is to the left here, next to his Vice President Theodore Roosevelt.

Woodrow Wilson


The KKK had fallen out of fashion, but it became extremely popular right after World War I. President Woodrow Wilson was in office from 1913 to 1921, for the whole of the war and its immediate aftermath. He was also a member of the KKK.

Warren G. Harding


In the 1920s, the group reached its highest numbers in history with close to 4 million members. The KKK was highly influential in politics at this time. Warren G. Harding was President from 1921 to 1923, and died in office. Harding was purportedly sworn into the KKK while in the White House.

Gutzon Borglum


The artist who created Mount Rushmore, Gutzon Borglum, was an active member of the KKK. He reportedly served on one of their councils. When his involvement with the group came to light later, he publicly denounced the KKK.

Calvin Coolidge


Calvin Coolidge, President of the United States, served in office from 1923 to 1929 and was an active KKK member. The KKK became much less popular in the late 1920s, as more about its violent actions became widely known. Membership went down to 40,000 by 1929, and states began passing anti-mask laws to curb KKK activity.

Harry S. Truman

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The KKK continued to operate throughout the 1930s, 40s, and 50s, and times were volatile for many African-Americans. Harry S. Truman was President from 1945 to 1953. Truman was a KKK member for about two years, but fell out with the group because he believed Roman Catholics should be allowed to be in politics.

Robert Byrd

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West Virginia Senator Robert Byrd joined the KKK in the 1940s at the age of 24. He served in the Senate for nearly six decades. The KKK experienced a brief resurgence in the 1960s, and violently opposed the Civil Rights movement. The KKK was directly responsible for the murder of several civil rights workers and attacks on activists at this time. But the glory days were over. The KKK would get weaker and weaker after this.



The KKK fractured into small splinter groups and had a membership of less than 10,000 by the 1990s. The KKK has weathered several lawsuits and arrests, not to mention laws and ordinances that prevent them from engaging in their various activities.

In a bizarre re-branding, one KKK chapter announced recently that it is accepting homosexuals, African-Americans, and Jewish people into the group. The Klan currently has between 5,000 and 8,000 members nationwide.

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