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... Nephite Julep, Love, Daintree rainforest

by Florence Shea

                



In Japanese the verb tsujigiri means “trying out a new sword on a chance
passerby.”

Lost property on public transport in Tokyo in 1979 included seventeen
goldfish bowls, complete with fish.

Townsend Speakman of Philadelphia mixed fruit flavor with soda water in
1807, creating the first fruit flavored soda pop, he called it Nephite
Julep.

The Smith & Wesson Model 3 was used by Wyatt Earp.

In the late 15th century the Ottoman empire used firearms as part of its
infantry.

The Gatling gun was introduced during the American Civil War in the
1860’s.

Millard Fillmore became 13th president of the United States upon the
sudden death of Zachary Taylor from cholera. He is best remembered for
signing five bills concerning slavery known as the Compromise of 1850
which temporarily prevented civil war in the U.S.

The origin of the use of "love" for zero, in tennis is that it derives
from the French expression for "the egg" (l'œuf) because an egg looks like
the number zero.

Evangalisa Torichelli invented the first barometer 1643.

Disposable diapers were invented in 1951.

The slide rule was invented in 1662 by William Oughtred.

Bartommelo Christofori invented the piano.

Lexico was a game that was invented in 1932. Its name was later changed to
Scrabble.

The Daintree rainforest in Australia is an estimated 180 million years
old. That is tens of millions of years older than the Amazon rainforest in
South America. The Daintree is a living museum that catalogues the
evolution of plant life on Earth.



January  6, 2017


Sources:  The encyclopedia of useless information by William Hartston;
www.corsinet.com; www.triviaplaying.com;  www.historyplace.com;
www.enwikipedia.org; www.triviaplaying.com; www.theaustralian.com.au;
photo – www.hellasmultimeda.com


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