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Did you know?

... light bulb, O. Henry, piggy bank

by Florence Shea

                  
   


Zebras have their own ‘smile’ – a bared-teeth grimace that is a greeting and
helps prevent aggression.

Sound travels fifteen times faster through steel than through air.

20252 is Smokey the Bear’s own zip code.

The first street in the world to be lit by electric light bulbs was Mosley
Street in Newcastle, England, in 1879. The light bulbs were invented by Joseph
Wilson Swan. Unfortunately, Swan was rather slow in filing for a patent and
Edison got in first with a rather inferior version of the light bulb in
January 1880.

There are over 32,000 known species of spiders.

Orchesis is the art of dancing.

The Chesterfield coat and sofa are named for Phillip Dormer Stanhope, the
fourth Earl of Chesterfield.

In Saskatchewan it is illegal to watch Strippers or Exotic Dancers if drinking
booze.

William Sidney Porter, whom we Know as O. Henry, spent some time in Honduras. He was fleeing prosecution on embezzlement charges. When he returned to the U.S., he served time in jail --where he began writing the adventure stories that made him famous.


The Weihenstephan brewery was founded by Benedictine monks in A.D.1040
and is the oldest continually functioning brewery in the world.

Potato chips are America’s favorite snack food. They are devoured at a rate of
1.2 billion pounds a year.

Potato chips were invented in Saratoga Springs in 1853 by Chef George Crum.
They were a mocking response to a patron who complained that his French fries
were too thick.

March 25, 1911 -- A raging fire inside a garment factory in New York City killing 123 young women employed as low-paid seamstresses, along with 23 men. The fast spreading flames engulfed the 8th and 9th floors of the Triangle Shirtwaist Company in lower Manhattan in just a few minutes.

Pygg is an orange colored clay commonly used during the Middle Ages as a cheap material for pots to store money, called pygg pots or pygg jars. By the 18th century, the term “pygg jar” had evolved to “pig bank”. As earthenware as supplanted by other materials, the name gradually began to refer to the shape of the bank.


Sources: www.funfunnyfacts.com; Encyclopedia of Useless Information by William
Hartston; www.triviacountry.com; www.triviafool.com; National Geographic Feb. 2017 p. 32; www.corsinet.com; www.history place.com; www.en.wikipedia.org;
photo: en.wikipedia.org



March  3, 2017



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