Here are some one liners...
Eating the Poor and Eating the Rich -- A satirical essay from Jonathan Swift suggests the poor should be eaten. I talk about the "Eat the Rich" movement.
Benjamin Franklin Does NOT Discover Electricity -- I discuss the idea that somehow Franklin could not possibly have discovered electricity.
Science and Math -- Short and long scales of the definition of billion and the Brightest Comet ever seen.
Eating the Poor and Eating the RichThere is an on-going problem with the Irish poor that screams to be solved. Jonathan Swift (an Irishman) steps forward with a modest proposal to buy Irish children and slice them up "as we do roasting pigs." Yes. It is the duty of every Irishman to eat the poor... at least the children of the poor. This is satire as much as Gulliver's Travels is. Jonathan Swift uses false argument such as an appeal to authority, "A very knowing American," and he offers his real proposal as if he were Br'er Rabbit begging Br'er Fox not to throw him into the brier patch. Here is a paraphrase (modified so as to make it immediately comprehensible):   
- Therefore let no man talk to me of other proposals: Of taxing absentee landlords at five shillings a pound: Of buying only clothes and furniture of our country's manufacture: Of utterly rejecting foreign luxury items: Of preaching against pride, vanity, idleness, and gambling: Of promoting savings, wisdom and sobriety: Of learning to love our country and teaching love for the foreigner... even the Swedish: Of letting go of our animosities and factions, [...] Lastly, of putting a spirit of honesty, industry, and skill into our shop-keepers (the grasping, cynical opportunists). Therefore I repeat, let no man talk to me of these proposals, until he has at least some sign of hope, that there will ever be a sincere attempt to put them into practice. -- Paraphrased from A Modest Proposal.  
Benjamin Franklin Does NOT Discover ElectricityAt this time Benjamin Franklin is busy buying an existing newspaper and renaming it, "The Pennsylvania Gazette." He and his business partner will turn it into the most influential newspaper in New England. His experiments in science will come along soon enough. For now, the English scientist, Stephen Gray, is methodically testing various materials for the conductivity of electricity and finding a number of good insulators.    
Science and Math
- A Billion is a Thousand Million: A Harvard professor introduces the short scale for numbers in use in the modern day where a billion is a thousand million rather than the long scale where a billion is a million million.  
- The Largest Comet Every Seen: In terms of brightness, the largest comet ever seen from Earth is Comet Sarabat in 1729, but other comets would have seemed brighter if Earth had been closer when the comets approached the Sun.  
This Year in Wikipedia
Year 1729, Wikipedia.