"The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don't want, drink what you don't like, and do what you'd rather not."
--American humorist Mark Twain
This week in 1822, Charles M. Graham of New York was issued the first U.S. patent for artificial teeth. The record and its details were lost in an 1836 Patent Office fire, as was an earlier related patent by William R. Eagleson for setting natural and artificial teeth. False teeth had, in fact, been around for decades. George Washington had at least four sets of false teeth, though none were wooden despite mythology. Washington's first dentures were comprised of human teeth set into carved hippopotamus ivory, with a hole precisely placed to accommodate Washington's single remaining natural molar.
Q: What is the purlicue?
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A: Rarely used, it refers to the space between the forefinger and thumb. The word is thought to derive from the Scots term "pirlie," meaning curly or twisted.
"I can't sleep."
--Scottish author and dramatist James Barrie (1860-1937), best known as the creator of Peter Pan
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