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... Benjamin Franklin; The Wizard of Oz' 'X'

by Florence Shea


                          August is Get Ready for Kindergarten Month

Dr. Buddy Lapidus invented and marketed Odor Eaters in 1975.

Roller skates were invented in 1760.

Percy LeBaron Spencer invented the microwave in 1945.

Disc brakes were invented by Dr. F. Lanchester in 1902.

The best-selling book of the year in America in 1794 was Benjamin Franklin’s
Autobiography, which had been published in England the year before --- three
years after his death.

Before we had modern newspapers, “written notices” were published in Venice
circa 1556. They cost a “gazette” (a Venetian coin), which is why many
newspapers have Gazette in their titles.

The coconut is the largest seed in the world.

At just four years old Mozart was able to learn a piece of music in half an hour.

A rat’s performance in a maze can be improved by playing music by Mozart.

The Wizard of Oz was a Broadway musical 37 years before the MGM movie version was made.

Walter Hunt patented a bullet with its own explosive charge on August 10. 1848.

When using the first pay telephone, a caller did not deposit coins in the machine.
He or she gave them to an attendant who stood next to the telephone. Coin
telephones did not appear until 1899.

King Phillip’s War ended with the assassination of Metacom, leader of the
Pokanokets, a tribe within the Wampanoag Indian Federation. Nicknamed
‘King Phillip’ by colonists, he led a native American uprising against white
settlers which resulted in a war that raged for nearly two years, now known as
King Phillip’s War.

Beaver teeth are so sharp that Native Americans once used them as knife blades.

The Kiwi, national bird of New Zealand, can’t fly. It lives in a hole in the
ground, is almost blind, and lays only one egg each year. Despite this, it
has survived for more than 70 million years.

The custom of placing “X” at the end of a written letter dates back to the
Middle Ages, when a Christian cross was drawn on documents or letters to mean
sincerity, faith and honesty. Since most of the common people could not read
or write, the ‘X’ was placed on documents, and a kiss was placed over it as a
show of their sincerity.

Sources: www.triviaplaying.com; www.triviafool.com; www.surpriseride.com;
www.alltrivia.net;www.coolquiz.net; www.historyplace.com; www.corsinet.com;
www.en.wikipedia.org; photo:www.klar.co.uk

August 5, 2016

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