Floor cleaning products in Venezuela have ten times the pine fragrance of U.S. floor cleaners. Venezuelan women won't buy a weaker fragrance. These fastidious homemakers may wet-mop their tile floors twice a day, leaving windows and doors open so the scent can waft out to the street to send the message that their houses are clean.
There are 18 different animal shapes in the Animal Crackers cookie zoo.
Because of its use as a staple of U.S. Navy messes since the mid-nineteenth century, the humble white bean was christened "navy bean."
Since the 1980s, Birkenstock footwear has become popular among medical professionals (e.g. dentists, nurses) and others who work on their feet. In Germany, the sandals are most often used as houseslippers, but in the United States they have become a part of everyday clothing from professionals to blue collar workers, even to the entertainment ...Read more
We're impressed that Kelsey Grammer played Frasier for ... what ... 30 years or something? Feh. Helen Wagner spent 54 years playing Nancy Hughes on "As the World Turns." She was there was the show debuted in April 1956, and she stuck with it until the summer of 2010, when both the show, and she herself, were canceled. She was even on screen when...Read more
The Studebaker auto company produced a car called the "Dictator" from 1927–1936.
For many years, the fig has been used as a coffee substitute. The fruit contains a proteolytic enzyme that is considered an aid to digestion and is used by the pharmaceutical industry.
According to the National Wild Turkey Federation, the number of wild turkeys in the U.S. has increased from an all time low of 30,000 to more than 4 million today. One state park in Iowa now boasts more than 100 turkeys per square mile.
Rory: King of PetlaJennifer Zartman
Rory Anderson, an epic-nerd on an ordinary science field trip, is pulled through a portal into Zed, a place outside of time. His perception of reality shifts, and the King of the Fountain of Life commissions him as an ambassador to Petla, a place in another galaxy. He arrives wearing the ...
The little-used adjective "tabescent" means to waste or wither away.
In 1982, archrivals Stanford and the University of California were playing the 85th Big Game. Stanford looked to be winning, but at the last moment, a series of controversial laterals led Kevin Moen to the touchdown line, which he scored by running through the Stanford marching band, which thought the game was over and was already on the field, ...Read more
The first English settlement in what became New England was founded thirteen years before the arrival of the Pilgrims. In 1607, a settlement was established at Popham Beach, Maine. After a year, its inhabitants found the climate too harsh, and departed.
Frumenty was a spiced porridge, enjoyed by both rich and poor. It is thought to be the forerunner of modern Christmas puddings. It has its origins in a Celtic legend of the harvest god Dagda, who stirred a porridge made up of all the good things of the Earth.
In 1843, mathematician Ada Byron published the first computer programs. She based them on Jacquard's punch-card idea. Her programs were for the first general-purpose mechanical digital computer that had just been invented by Charles Babbage.
The world's first electric traffic light signal was installed 75 years ago in Cleveland, Ohio, at the intersection of Euclid Avenue and East 105th Street.
For five months in 2005, Paris Hilton was engaged to Paris Latsis. So, if you ever wondered whether Paris was a boy's name or a girl's name, it's both! There is also Michael Jackson's daughter Paris. Right about now, you may be wondering to yourself, "Self, wouldn't it be cool if there was a Hilton in Paris, France?" Well, Self, there are ...Read more
U.S. Army doctor D.W. Bliss had the unique role of attending to two U.S. presidents after they were shot by assassins. In 1865, he was one of 16 doctors who tried to save Abraham Lincoln; in 1881, Bliss supervised the care of James Garfield.
Mary Shelley always maintained that she derived the name "Frankenstein" from a dream-vision, yet the name and what it means has been a source of many speculations. Literally, in German, the name Frankenstein means stone of the Franks. Frankenstein is the former name of Zbkowice Slaskie, a city in Silesia. There is a town called Frankenstein in ...Read more
Until the Middle Ages, passports were given only to the privileged well-to-do. In 1215, the Magna Carta established that "All merchants are to be safe and secure in leaving and entering England." One of the earliest U.S. passports on record was issued in France in 1778. It was signed by Benjamin Franklin, Arthur Lee, and John Adams.
In ancient Germany "Heidenwerfen" was the popular sport bowling. Heidenwerfen means "strike down the heathens."
Archaeological evidence suggests boxing existed in North Africa as early as 4000 BC and had also developed in the Mediterranean by 1500 BC. Around 900 BC a mythical Greek ruler named Theseus allegedly invented a form of boxing in which two men, seated face to face, would beat each other with their fists until one of them was killed. In time, the...Read more