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... Pass the buck, Lucretia Borgia, Library of Congress

by Florence Shea


       "Happy Easter" from two bunnies painting an Easter egg

A person who studies mushrooms and fungi is a mycologist. If you eat them you
are a mycophagist; if you like them you are a microphile.     

A real estate agents rule of thumb: To estimate what a house will sell for,
ask the owner what it’s worth and subtract 10%.

According to U.S. laws; a beer commercial can never show a person actually
drinking beer.

An albatross can sleep while it flies.

The expression “To pass the buck” is said to have originated from poker, in
which a marker (such as a knife with a buckhorn handle during the American
Frontier era) was used to indicate the person whose turn it was to deal. If the
player did not wish to deal he could pass the responsibility by passing the
“buck”, as the marker came to be called, to the next player.

The first ring donuts were produced in 1847 by a 15-year-old baker’s
apprentice, Hanson Gregory, who knocked the soggy center out of a fried donut.     

When Swiss cheese ferments, a bacterial action generates gas. As the gas is
liberated, it bubbles through the cheese leaving holes. Cheese-makers call
them “eyes”.  

Al Capone once said “Public service is my motto”.

Buffalo Bill nicknamed his gun “Lucretia Borgia” because it killed everything.

Hewlett Packard’s first product was the audio oscillator.

The first manufactured item to be sold on hire purchase was the Singer sewing
machine in the 1850’s.

Woolworth’s originated in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 1879.            

April 24, 1880 --- The Library of Congress was established and is America’s
oldest federal institution and the world’s largest library. Among the 145
million items in its collections are more than 33 million books, 3 million
recordings, 12.5 million photographs, 5.3 million maps, 6 million pieces of
sheet music and 6.1 million manuscripts.                                
April 7, 2017                                                                                            

Sources: Encyclopedia of Useless Information by William Hartston;
en.wikipedia.org; www.corsinet.com; www.triviacountrt.com;

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