Did you know?

... Deborah Sampson, Lyndon Johnson, Gulliver's Travels

by Florence Shea


     Three elves playing music while pulling home a Christmas tree

Henry D. Perky invented Shredded Wheat in 1893 in Denver Colorado.

Thomas Octave Murdoch Sopwith designed the WWI plane, the Camel and co-designed
the Hurricane.

Evangalisa Torichelli invented the first barometer in 1643.

In Michigan it is illegal to chain an alligator to a fire hydrant.

During the American Revolutionary War Deborah Sampson disguised herself as a man
and enlisted in the Continental Army under the name Robert Shurtleff. Although she
was wounded in battle, she was not discovered until a severe fever unmasked her
identity. She was dismissed from the army in 1783.

The very first instance of a newspaper was commissioned by Julius Caesar in 59
BC., and it was a daily list of announcements that was carved into metal or stone
and displayed publicly.

The first crossword puzzle was published in a British newspaper called the Sunday
Express in 1924.

The ice cream soda was invented in 1874 by Robert Green. He was serving a mixture
of syrup, sweet cream, and carbonated water at a celebration in Philadelphia. He
ran out of cream and substituted ice cream.

When Goofy first appeared in a Mickey Mouse cartoon, his name was Dippy Dawg. He
was renamed when he began costarring with Mickey in the mid-930’S.

President Lyndon Johnson gave engraved electronic toothbrushes to friends and
acquaintances to make sure they thought of him “first thing in the morning and the
last at night.”

In Idaho Falls, Idaho it’s not legal for anyone over 88 years of Age to ride a

The Roadrunner spoke for the first time in a 1951 Bugs Bunny cartoon.

During the late 14th century in Europe, small hand-held cannons were developed.

The waterproofing method that led to the creation of a raincoat was invented by
the Scottish chemist Charles Macintosh. Nobody knows why the garment named after
him, the mackintosh, has an extra letter “k” added to its name. Macintosh patented
his waterproofing system on June 17, 1823.

In Gulliver’s Travels, Jonathan Swift described the two moons of Mars, Phobos and
Deimos, giving their exact size and speeds of rotation. He did this more than a
hundred years before either moon was discovered.

Sources: triviacountry.com; histryplace.com; supriseride, com; corsinet.com;
triviafool.com; triviaplaying.com; encyclopedia of useless information by William
Hartston; photo: hellasmultimedia.com

December  2, 2016

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