Los Angeles was founded in 1781 as El Pueblo Nuestra Senora la Reina de los Angeles de Porciuncula, meaning the Town of Our Lady Queen of the Angels of Porciuncula, with Porciuncula being a river whose name means Little Portion. Olvera Street is considered this city's birthplace, and today it remains a colorful Mexican marketplace, albeit ...Read more
A ten-gallon hat holds 3/4 gallon or 3 quarts.
At no time in Coca-Cola's history has that beverage been green. The original formula called for caramel to give Coca-Cola its rich brown color, and although the recipe has undergone some changes through the years, none of them affected the ultimate color of the product.
Leaves, collected in the fall and spring, are the easiest material to compost, and they are the most common materials handled at yard waste facilities.
In late 1998, Hasbro announced a campaign to add an all-new token to U.S. standard edition sets of Monopoly. Voters were allowed to select from a biplane, a piggy bank, and a sack of money, with votes being tallied through a special website. In March 1999, Hasbro announced that the winner was the sack of money (with 51% of the vote, compared to ...Read more
This used to be one of my favorite trivia questions: The Queen Mary doesn't sail and the Spruce Goose doesn't fly. Where are they? They were in Long Beach. And you wouldn't think they'd move much, but in 1992, a truck took the Spruce Goose to Portland, Oregon. As for the RMS Queen Mary, she sailed to Long Beach in 1967 and was turned into a ...Read more
The Kentucky Supreme Court has ruled that the prosecution must throw its files wide open to the defense if the accused is suffering from amnesia.
The Chinese, during the reign of Kublai Khan, used lions on hunting expeditions. They trained the big cats to pursue and drag down massive animals - from wild bulls to bears - and to stay with the kill until the hunter arrived.
The first footprints at Grauman's Chinese Theater (now Mann's Chinese Theater), were made by Norma Talmadge in 1927. Legend has it that she accidentally stepped in wet concrete outside the building. Since then, over 180 stars have been immortalized, along with their hands and feet and even noses (Jimmy Durante).
Ba is a genus of snail. Well, you have to have fun with that. A specific snail in the genus is Ba humbugi. It's from Mba Island in Fiji and it is named for Ebenezer Scrooge's catchphrase. Sadly, the snail is on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
Until it closed in 2010, the Liberace Museum was found at 1775 East ...Read more
Mary Anne Nichols, Martha Turner, Annie Chapman, Elizabeth Stride, and Catherine Eddowes were London prostitutes who were murdered and dismembered by the notorious "Jack the Ripper" in the autumn of 1888. The perpetrator of these chilling atrocities was never found, although many theories as to his/her identity persist to this day.
Wind barriers such as hedges give protection downwind for a distance of up to ten times the height of the barrier.
You know kilograms and centimeters. They use the SI system, so kilo- means 1000 and centi- means 1/100th. Yotta (10^24) is the largest unit so far, and yocto (10^-24) is the smallest. But why not think big? That's what Austin Sendak. In 2010 he started a Facebook campaign to make hella- the unit for 10 to the 27th power. As in, "Dude ... the sun...Read more
James Ramsey invented a steam-driven motorboat in 1784. He ran it on the Potomac River, and the event was witnessed by George Washington.
An elephant may consume 500 pounds of hay and 60 gallons of water in a single day.
It was illegal for women to wear buttons in fifteenth-century Florence.
According to a 1999 survey conducted by the National Sleep Foundation, of those people who snore, 19 percent snore so loudly that they can be heard through a closed door.
The puzzles of those early days were quite a challenge. Most had pieces cut exactly on the color lines. There were no transition pieces with two colors to signal, for example, that the brown area (roof) fit next to the blues (sky). A sneeze or a careless move could undo an evening's work because the pieces did not interlock. And, unlike children...Read more
On TV, all cops are masterminds who outwit the bad guys with a fully stocked bar of science that would make Spock blush. This is becoming a problem, because the real world of crime solving is a lot messier. In the real world, science takes much longer, is more expensive and is less certain. Juries weaned on cop shows have come to expect vast ...Read more
Rugby, North Dakota is the geographical center of North America, not the geographical center of the United States. That is located in Butte County, South Dakota, on the state's western border. If only the 48 contiguous states are included, the point is in Smith County, Kansas.