Did you know?

... coin ridges, the Quagga, "Wife Beware"

by Florence Shea


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The Butterfinger candy bar was first produced by Chicago’s Curtiss Candy Co. in 1923. As an advertising ploy, candy bars were dropped from an airplane on cities in 40 states.

The first brand of Wrigley’s chewing gum was called “Vassar”, after the New England
woman’s college. Next were “Lotta” and “Sweet Sixteen”.

From 827 to 860 England was ruled by Egbert, Ethelwulf and Ethelbald.
Hernando De Soto was the first white man to see the Mississippi River and be buried in it.

Before the 18th century was out, the U.S. Mint began adding ridges to the coins’ edges, a process called “reeding,” in order to make it impossible to shave down without the result being obvious. As a side benefit, the reeded edges also made coin design more intricate and counterfeiting more difficult.

Castor oil is used as a lubricant in jet planes.

Club Direct, a travel insurance company in Britain, provides insurance plans for
protection from falling coconuts.

Coca-Cola’s “Super Pure’ Dasani bottled water is just filtered.

Only one Quagga was ever photographed alive. Related to the zebra, the quagga had
stripes extending down the head, neck and chest, but its back half was plain brown. The last quagga in the world died in an Amsterdam zoo on August 12, 1883. It was not realized at the time that she was the last of her species.

Pioneering American journalist Nellie Bly was a social reformer and human rights
advocate who once posed as an inmate at an insane asylum to expose inhumane conditions. She is best known for her 1889-90 tour around the world in 72 days, beating by eight days the time of Phileas Fogg, fictional hero of Jules Verne’s novel Around the World in Eighty Days.

The first known organized motor race happened in 1878 in Wisconsin.

“Wife Beware”, in 1933, was the first movie shown in a Drive-in theatre.

Sources: www.corsinet.com; www,triviaplaying.com; www.history.com;
www.funfunnyfacts.com; Encyclopedia of useless information by William Hartston;
www.historyplace.com; www.triviacointry.com;
picture: hellasmultimedia.com

May 5, 2017

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