HISTORY

In 1386, a pig in France was executed by public hanging for the murder of a child.

Horatio Nelson, one of England’s most illustrious admirals was throughout his life, never able to find a cure for his sea-sickness.

The six official languages of the United Nations are: English, French, Arabic, Chinese, Russian and Spanish.

The world’s oldest piece of chewing gum is 9000 years old!

Queen Elizabeth I regarded herself as a paragon of cleanliness. She declared that she bathed once every three months, whether she needed it or not.

The first known transfusion of blood was performed as early as 1667, when Jean-Baptiste, transfused two pints of blood from a sheep to a young man

Adolf Hitler was a vegetarian, and had only ONE testicle.

The world’s oldest piece of chewing gum is 9000 years old!

The percentage of people dreaming in black and white started decreasing after the spread of color TV

 The city of Portland in Oregon was named after a coin toss in 1844. Heads for Portland and tails for Boston 

 Before the turn of the century, prize fighters fought bare-fisted. Matches often went 100 or more rounds and were scored by knock outs. 

 Because metal was scarce during WW II, the Oscars given out during this period were made of wood. 

 In bowling, three strikes in a row is called a turkey. Historically, the first member of a team to accomplish this won a turkey. 

 The vibrator was originally used as a medicinal treatment for female “hysteria” during the 19th century 

 1872 edict: Teachers who marry or engage in unseemly conduct will be immediately dismissed. 

 Oldest country in the world is San Martino: 301 AD. France is second: 486 AD.

They have found out that there was a game board (sumtin like chess) in the pharoh Tutankhamuns TOMB!!

Anti-American demonstrators protesting in Bangladesh after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks carried posters of Osama bin Laden sitting alongside Bert, a beloved Sesame Street Muppet character.

 

The fist product to have a bar code was Wrigleys gum.

  

Henry Ford produced all the model-T only in black. Because black paint at the time was the fastest to dry.

In some areas, like New Guinea, the shells of sea snails were used as currency.

First chocolate factory in the US, called the Walter Baker Company, was established in 1765.

Created in 1990 by artist Jannot Derid, The Icehotel in the village of Jukkasjärvi (Sweden) was the world’s 1st ice hotel. It only exists from Dec. – April.

In 1915 William Wrigley Jr. Sent chewing gum to everyone in the phone book.

 Sälen in Sweden opened the first SKI-THROUGH McDonald’s in the world.

Kissing at the conclusion of a wedding ceremony can be traced to ancient Roman tradition where a kiss was used to sign contract.

Romans kissed each other on the eyes or the mouth as a greeting.

Leper-kissing became fashionable among medieval ascetics and religious nobility during the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. It was deemed proof of humility.

“X”s at the end of a correspondence letter represent the contact of the lips during a kiss.

Ancient Egyptians never kissed with their mouths. Instead they kissed with their noses.

US Kissing Laws: it’s illegal in Indiana for a mustached man to “habitually kiss human beings”.

In Hartford, Connecticut it’s illegal for a husband to kiss his wife on Sunday.

In Cedar Rapids, Iowa, it’s a crime to kiss a stranger.

In 2002, the most popular boat name in the U.S. was Liberty.

In 1865, the U.S. Secret Service was first established for the specific purpose to combat the counterfeiting of money.

In 1967, the IMAX film system was invented by Canadian Ivan Grame Ferguson to premier at Expo 67.

Approximately 40% of the U.S. paper currency in circulation was counterfeit by the end of the Civil War.

In 1873, Colgate made a toothpaste that was available in a jar.

In 1894 the first big Coke sign was found on the side of a building located in Cartersville, Georgia, and still exists today.

China has been under communist rule for 60 plus years.

New York City was briefly the U.S. capital from 1789 to 1790.

Thailand used to be called Siam.

The only married couple to fly together in space were Jan Davis and Mark Lee, who flew aboard the Endeavor space shuttle from Sept 12-20, 1992.

Persia changed its name to Iran in 1935.

Seven asteroids were especially named for the Challenger astronauts who were killed in the 1986 failed launch of the space shuttle.

St. Paul, Minnesota was originally called Pigs Eye after a man named Pierre “Pig’s Eye” Parrant who set up the first business there.

The Apollo 17 crew were the last men on the moon.

In ancient Rome, it was considered a sign of leadership to be born with a crooked nose.

Both Hitler and Napoleon were missing one testicle.

While at Harvard University, Edward Kennedy was suspended for cheating on a Spanish exam.

Leonardo De Vinci invented the scissors.

Adolf Hitler was Time’s Man of the Year for 1938.

Every photograph of the first American atomic bomb detonation was taken by Harold Edgerton.

Julie Nixon, daughter of Richard Nixon married David Eisenhower, grandson of Dwight Eisenhower.

Isaac Newton used to be a member of parliament.

A famous bullfighter, Lagarijo, killed 4,867 bulls in the 19th century.

Abraham Lincoln’s mother died when she drank the milk of a cow that grazed on poisonous snakeroot.

Cleopatra married two of her brothers.

Emilio Marco Palma was the first person born in Antarctica in 1978.

Hannibal, who was a soldier, had only one eye after getting a disease while attacking Rome.

In 1876, Maria Spelterina was the first woman to ever cross Niagara Falls on a high wire.
  
Victorian era Valentine cards were often insulting and usually handmade.

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In punishment for his murder of Iphitus, Hercules was given to Omphale as a slave. She made Hercules perform “women’s work” while dressed as a woman.

The children’s nursery rhyme, “Sing a Song of Sixpence,” was used by members of a pirate ship as a coded message.

The origins of the soldier term “G.I.” is an abbreviation for “Government Issue,” stamped on government kits supplied to recruits in the US Army during W.W. II.

The phrase “Often a bridesmaid, but never a bride,” actually originates from an advertisement for Listerine mouthwash from 1924.

The term “mayday” used to signal for help (after SOS) comes from the French “M’aidez”  pronounced “MAYDAY” and means, “Help Me.”

The word “maverick” came into use after Samuel Maverick, a Texan, refused to brand his cattle. Eventually an unbranded calf became known as a Maverick.

The word Karate means, “empty hand.”

There was no punctuation until the 15th century.

The word “Nazi” is actually an abbreviation for Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei, or National Socialist German Workers Party.

Hatsheput, an Egyptian female pharaoh at times wore a fake beard as a symbol of her authority.

Fortune cookies were actually invented in America, in 1918, by Charles Jung!

 

The electric chair was invented by a dentist.

 

There is no solid proof of who built the Taj Mahal.

 

Lighthouse keepers were nicknamed “wickies” because they tended the lamps wick.

 

In 1962, the first Wal-Mart opened up in Rogers, Arkansas.

 

The only woman that has appeared on a U.S. paper currency is Martha Washington.

 

In Greece, the climate is so warm that many of the cinemas do not even have roofs.

Coloured finger nail polishes were invented in the 1920s and the first nail polish was launched by Revlon.

Nail manicure is a very ancient activity. There is evidence that even 4,000 years ago it was known to our predecessors.

The Great Pyramids used to be as white as snow because they were encased in a bright limestone that has worn off over the years.

A monkey was once tried and convicted for smoking a cigarette in South Bend, Indiana.

The first TONKA truck was made in 1947.

For more than 3,000 years, Carpenter ants have been used to close wounds in India, Asia and South America.

The Planters Peanut Company mascot, Mr. Peanut, was created during a contest for schoolchildren in 1916.

A paddy wacker is wooden truncheon carried by Irish police since the 1800’s.

As recently as the 1920’s couples in Ireland could marry legally in Teltown, County Meath by walking towards one another.  If the marriage failed they could divorce by walking away from one another a year later.

The last witch in Ireland was Dame Alice Kytler, born in Kilkenny in 1280.  Four of her husbands died and she was accused of poisoning them.

Montgomery Street in Dublin was once the largest red light district in Europe with 1600 prostitutes plying their trade.

The Vikings founded Dublin in 988.

On the”11th Night” Protestant groups in northern Ireland build huge bonfires across the country to commemorate of William of Orange’s defeat of King James, a Catholic, in 1690.

The Newgrange passage tomb in County Meath was constructed around 3200 BC, making it more than 600 years older than the Giza Pyramids in Egypt, and 1,000 years older than Stonehenge.

Saint Brendan is said to have discovered America 1,000 years before Columbus.

Saint Brendan is said to have discovered America 1,000 years before Columbus.

Historians believe St. Patrick’s real name was “Maewyn Succat.”

Gulliver’s Travels” writer Jonathan Swift is buried in St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin.

Ireland’s first saint was not Saint Patrick. He was Saint Abban, who went to preach in England during the 2nd century.

St. Patrick introduced the Roman alphabet and Latin literature into Ireland. After his death, Irish monasteries became Europe’s leading intellectual centers.

St. Patrick had a very limited education, and is said to have been self-conscious about his weak writing skills.

In the days of sailing ships, Irish sea captains often carried pebbles from Scattery Island, the home of the Saint Cannera, the patron saint of sailors.

Kilkenny-born architect James Hoban designed the original White House in Washington after winning a competition sponsored by President George Washington and Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson in 1792.

Grace O’Malley, known as the “Queen of the Pirates,” commanded a ship with a crew of over 200 men off the west coast of Ireland the 1500′s. 

Medieval laws in Ireland allowed a man to divorce his wife if she damaged his honor through infidelity, thieving or “making a mess of everything.”

Killyleagh Castle, in County Down, Northern Ireland, is the oldest occupied castle in Ireland. Built in the 13th century, it is still in use as a private home.

Aran Island sweaters have a variety of “family weaves.” These were developed because when a fisherman drowned, his sweater would often be the only thing washed up on shore. The distinctive weave would tell a family their loved one had been lost.

The Irish tri-color flag, created in 1848, was designed to reflect the country’s political realities. Orange = Irish Protestants, green = Irish Catholics and the white stripe = hope that peace might eventually be reached.

It took eleven years to built the Taj Mahal, (1632-1643)

In 410 A.D. Alaric the Visigoth demanded that Rome give him three thousand pounds of pepper as ransom.

Ray Kroc opened the first McDonald’s restaurant in Des Plaines, IL April 15, 1955.

First flown in 1969, Concorde entered service in 1976 and continued for 27 years. Operations ceased on 24 October 2003.

Construction workers hard hats were first invented and used in the building of the Hoover Dam in 1933.

Orville Wright, a pilot, was involved in the first aircraft accident. His passenger, a Frenchman, was killed.

The first domain name ever registered was Symbolics.com on March 15, 1985.

The USSR launched the world’s first artificial satellite, Sputnik 1, in 1957.

Thomas Watson, who was the chairman of IBM in 1943 predicted that there would probably only be a world market for five computers.

A Chinese Scientist discovered that the Earth is round during the Han Dynasty by measuring the sun and moon’s path in the sky. He recorded this fact down in the imperial records but went unnoticed until it was unearthed recently but Chinese archaeologists.

The only commercial aircraft that is able to break the sound barrier is the Concorde.

The origin of apples traces back to the Middle East over 4,000 years ago.

German immigrant, Louis Prang was the first to bring Christmas cards to America.

The first American astronaut in space was Alan B. Shepard Jr.

The shortest war in history was between Zanzibar an England in 1896. Zanzibar surrendered after 38 minutes.

Cataloupes are named after the gardens of Cantaloupe, Italy where some belive this melon was first grown.

French soldiers during World War I had the nickname “poilu” which translates to “hairy one.”

The full name of the Titanic ship is R.M.S. Titanic, which stands for Royal Mail Steamship.

In 1685, New France used playing cards as currency because of the shortage of coins.

In the late 1960′s, Mountain Dew bottles featured a hillbilly on them. These are now collector items worth five to ten dollars.

Microsoft made $16,005 in revenue in its first year of operation.

In 1945, a seven ounce bathroom cup was the first item Tupperware marketed.

The first product that Sony came out with was the rice cooker.

Sony’s walkman had a variety of different names in different countries. It was called “Soundabout” in the U.S., “Stowaway” in the U.K., and “Freestyle” in Australia.

The name “Adidas” was invented from the creator of the brand named Adolf ‘Adi’ Dassler.

Coca-cola used to use the slogan “Good to the last drop,” in 1908. This slogan was later used by Maxwell House.

The Xerox company was initially called the Haloid Company.
  
David McConnell started the California Perfume Company (CPC) in 1886. Today the company is known as Avon after Shakespeare’s Stratford on Avon.
The world’s first cell phone was made in 1973 by Dr. Martin Cooper of Motorola.

  

Chili Powder was invented in the 19th century in the American Southwest.

The first Olympic games only had one event – a foot race.

 

Lake Ontario was originally named Lake St. Louis.

 

In 1938, Cliquot Club ginger ale was the first soft drink to be canned.

 

A B-25 bomber airplane crashed into the 79th floor of the Empire State Building on July 28, 1945.

 

A Russian man who wore a beard during the time of Peter the Great had to pay a special tax.

The first television newscaster to broadcast farm and weather reports was Kolin Hager in 1928.

The first ever “World Summit on Toilets” was held in Singapore in November 2001.

The most popular vacation destinations for Americans in 1956 was Niagara Falls.

In 1967, the first successful heart transplant was performed in Cape Town, South Africa.

The first African-American to receive a Nobel Peace Prize was Ralph J. Bunche in 1950.

Termites have been around for over 250 million years.

 

Egyptian pyramid builders used to eat a lot of garlic because they thought it would increase their strength.

 

The Phillips-head screwdriver was invented in Oregon.

 

The first telephone call from the White House was from Rutherford Hayes to Alexander Graham Bell.

 

Charles Darwin spent 39 years studying earthworms.

 

In 1819, the USA purchased Florida from Spain for the cancellation of a $5 million debt.

 

Pluto was discovered on February 10, 1930 by Clyde Tombaugh.

 

Mr. Butts invented the game SCRABBLE. The game was originally called “Criss Cross Words.”

 

 A flute made of bone is the oldest playable musical instrument in the world. It’s a flute carved from a bird’s wing 9,000 years ago.

Glue dates back to prehistoric times. Artists once mixed colorings with raw eggs, dried blood, and plant juices to make sticky paints for cave murals.

Alexander the Great was an epileptic.

The first person to die in the electric chair was William Kemmler, an ax murderer from New York on August 6, 1890.

In the Victoria era, red tulips were a declaration of love.

The First Google Storage Was Made From LEGO – Google it!

The First Apple Logo Featured Isaac Newton.

Anne Boleyn, Queen Elizabeth I’s mother, had six fingers on one hand.

Chop-suey is not a native Chinese dish, it was created in California by Chinese immigrants.

In ancient Greece “idiot” meant a private citizen or layman.

The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City.

In 1946 Danon Yogurt were the first to add fruit to commercially produced yogurt in U.S.

In October 1986, Pepsi paid close to $840 million to Nabisco for the Kentucky Fried Chicken empire.

In the late 1650′s the first known check was written in Europe.

When Kleenex was first introduced to the market in 1924 it was marketed as a make-up and cold cream remover.

Every year, Dunkin’ Donuts serves an estimated 650 million cups of coffee.

In 1970, micro-chip maker Intel purchased a pear orchard to build their corporate headquarters on.

In 1625 in London alone, an outbreak of the Bubonic Plague (also known as the Black Death / transmitted by fleas carried by rats) resulted in 35,000 deaths. And again in 1665 – another 20,000 died!

In 1949 UNICEF produced the first charity Christmas card. The picture shown on the card was painted by a seven year old girl.

In a study that was done by the University of Chicago in 1907, it was concluded that the easiest color to spot is yellow. This is why John Hertz, who is the founder of the Yellow Cab Company picked cabs to be yellow.
  

Benjamin Franklin was the fifth in a series of the youngest son of the youngest son.

 

Saturday mail delivery in Canada was eliminated by Canada Post on February 1, 1969!

 

In the great fire of London in 1666 half of London was burnt down but only 6 people were injured.

 

The Automated Teller Machine (ATM) was introduced in England in 1965.

 

The first Ford cars had Dodge engines.

 

 Chess was invented in India.

Algebra, Trigonometry and Calculus are studies which originated in India.

The’ place value system’ and the ‘decimal system’ were developed in 100 BC in India.

The first six Mogul Emperor’s of India ruled in an unbroken succession from father to son for two hundred years, from 1526 to 1707.

India is the Largest democracy in the world.

The game of snakes & ladders was created by the 13th century poet saint Gyandev.

The World’s first university was established in Takshila, India in 700 BC. More than 10,500 students from all over the world studied more than 60 subjects. 

The value of “pi” was first calculated by the Indian Mathematician Budhayana, and he explained the concept of what is known as the Pythagorean Theorem.

Sushruta is regarded as the father of surgery. Over  2600 years ago Sushrata & his team  conducted complicated surgeries like  cataract, artificial limbs, cesareans, fractures, urinary stones and also plastic surgery and brain surgeries.

Throughout the South, peanuts were known as “Monkey Nuts,” and “Goober peas,” before the civil war.

In 1810, Peter Durand invented the tin can for preserving food.

The cross bow was invented by the Chinese and records of its usage goes back to as far as the Three Kingdom Period (220 a.d.-280 a.d.).

The abbreviation Xmas for the word Christmas is of Greek origin. Since the word for Christ in the Greek language is Xristos, which starts with the letter “X,” they started putting the X in place of Christ and came up with the short form for the word Christmas.

The Ancient Greek women made a type of cheek blush by painting their cheeks with herbal pastes which was made out of crushed berries and seeds.

Herbert Hoover, the 31st president of the United Stated, turned over all Federal salary checks he received to charity for 47 years he was in government.

Before 1928, yo-yos used to be called bandalores in the United States.

The only South East Asian country that has never been colonized by a Western Power is Thailand.

In 1631, two London bible printers accidentally left the word “not” out of the seventh commandment, which then read, “Thou shalt commit adultery.” This legendary book is now known as the “Wicked Bible.”

When Queen Elizabeth I of England died she owned over 3,000 gowns.

The famous Casanova (Giacomo Casanova) was a librarian for many years before he died.

Toronto was the first city in the world with a computerized traffic signal system.

Former U.S. President William Taft converted the White House stable into a four car garage in 1909.

Soldiers disease is a term for morphine addiction. The Civil War produced over 400,000 morphine addicts.

During the First World War, cigarettes were handed out to soldiers along with their rations.

Franklin Pierce was the first U.S. President to have a Christmas tree in the White House.

The USA bought Alaska from Russia for 2 cents an acre.

Ramses II, a pharaoh of Egypt died in 1225 B.C. At the time of his death, he had fathered 96 sons and 60 daughters.

Woodward Avenue in Detroit, Michigan carries the designation M-1, named so because it was the first paved road anywhere.

In 1900 the average age at death in the US was 47.

Winston Churchill was born in a ladies room during a dance.

Gerald Ford pardoned Robert E. Lee posthumously of all crimes of treason.

Sugar was first added to chewing gum in 1869 by a dentist, William Semple.

 In 1941 Henry Ford built a car with a plastic made from hemp and wheat straw.

The Olympic was the sister ship of the Titanic, and she provided twenty-five years of service.

Atari had to bury millions of unsold “E.T.” game cartridges in a New Mexico desert landfill in 1982.

The watch was invented by Peter Henlein of Nuremberg in 1510.

The concept of Boxing Day, which is on December 26th, was to give boxes of food and clothing to the poor. It now a time to get merchandise from stores at reduced prices.

Isaac Newton used to be a member of parliament.

Kites were used to deliver letters and newspapers during the American Civil War.

Kites were banned in Japan in 1760 because too many people preferred kite-flying to working.

It’s believed that the first kites were flown more than 3,000 years ago and were made of leaves.

The national flag of Italy was designed by Napoleon Bonaparte.

Yo-yos were used as weapons by warriors in the Philippines in the 16th century.

The first subway system in America was built in Boston, Massachusetts in 1897.

Before the fur trade had started in Canada, it was estimated that there were over 6 million beavers.

The world’s first underground was the London Underground in1863. It has 275 stations and 253 miles of track.

The first American president to deliver a speech over the radio was Warren G. Harding.

In 1832, in Paisley, Scotland the first municipal water filtration works was opened.

Silvio Berlusconi has been Italy’s longest serving post-war prime minister.  He is worth 12 billion dollars.

Avian flu first detected in Italy in 1878.  First human death was in 1997.

In 1893, the first mosque in the United States was built.

Thomas Edison designed a helicopter that would work with gunpowder. It ended up blowing up and also blew up his factory.

In the late 1800′s, washing machines and butter churners were sometimes powered by dogs walking on treadmills.

Leonardo Da Vinci invented the scissors.

Clarence Crane the inventor of “Crane’s Peppermint Life Savers” sold his rights to the popular candy for less than three thousand dollars.

The Nobel Peace prize was first awarded in 1901 to Jean Henry Dunant, who was the founder of the Swiss Red Cross.

The wheelbarrow was invented by the Chinese.

Clans of long ago that wanted to get rid of their unwanted people without killing them used to burn their houses down – hence the expression “to get fired.”

Bourbon was first made by a Baptist minsister from Bourbon County in Kentucky in 1789. That is where it got its name.

The Pentagon, in Arlington, Virginia, has twice as many bathrooms as is necessary. Itt was built in the 1940s, during segregation laws requiring separate toilet facilities for blacks and whites.

During the era of Louis XIV, women used lemons to redden their lips.

During World War II, condoms were used to cover rifle barrels from being damaged by salt water as the soldiers swam to shore.

The Roman emperor Domitian took great pleasure in being secluded in his room for hours and catching flies and stabbing them with pens.

There was once a country called Prussia. After World War II, it was divided among Poland, Germany, and the USSR.

In 1936, the first practical helicopter was invented. It was the German Focke-Wulf Fw 61.

The name of the first menthol cigarette in the United States was “Spud.”

The first tattoo machine was invented by Samuel O’Reilly. He did this by using equipment that Thomas Edison used to engrave hard surfaces.

Braces were first invented by Pierre Fauchard in 1728. The braces were made by a flat strip of metal, which was connected to the teeth by thread.

The highest toll paid by a ship to cross the Panama Canal was by the Crown Princess on May 2, 1993 in the amount of $141,349.97 U.S. funds.

The name Jeep came from the abbreviation used in the army for the”General Purpose” vehicle, G.P.

To be born on Sunday was considered a sign of great sin during the Puritan times.

The citrus soda “7 UP” was created in 1929. The original name of the popular drink was “Bib-Label Lithiated Lemon-Lime Soda”, but it got changed to “7 UP.”

Blood is such a good stain that Native Americans used it for paint.

In 1876, the first microphone was invented by Emile Berliner.

Coupons were introduced in 1894 when Asa Candler bought the Coca-Cola formula for $2,300 and gave people coupons that he had written out to receive a free glass of coke.

The first theatre to show motion pictures was the Nickelodeon on June 19, 1905 in Pittsburgh. It was opened by Harry Davis on Smithfield Street.

About two hundred years before the birth of Christ, the Druids used mistletoe to celebrate that winter was approaching.

Hannibal had only one eye after getting a disease while attacking Rome.

At the height of its power in 400 BC, the Greek city of Sparta had 25,000 citizens and 500,000 slaves.

Alexander the Great was an epileptic.

Every US president has worn glasses (just not always in public).

Jacques Cousteau invented scuba gear while in the French resistance during World War II.

Denver, Colorado lays claim to the invention of the cheeseburger.

The USSR launched the world’s first artificial satellite, Sputnik 1, in 1957.

Queen Elizabeth I always wore a necklace with a little perfume bottle attached everywhere she went.

In the year 1900, for a women to be a telephone operator she had to be between the ages of 17 and 26 and not be married.

The first spacecraft to visit the planet Venus was Mariner 2 in 1962.

In 1949, forecasting the relentless march of science, Popular Mechanics said “Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons.”

It was believed by Ancient Hindus that the world was a sphere and rested on the back of four elephants, which stood on a turtle.

On April 6, 1925, the first in-flight movie was shown. It was a silent film and appeared on a Deutsche Luft Hansa flight.

When Burger King introduced the Whopper Sandwich in 1957, it cost only thirty-seven cents.

Chopsticks originated from China approximately 4,000 years ago.

The 1960 Summer Olympics were the first Olympics to be aired on television by CBS.

The Canadian holiday Boxing Day got its name from the custom of giving. Servants were given boxes which had money hidden inside them from their employers. The servants would have to break the box into pieces to get the money.

In 1391, China began producing toilet paper for use by its Emperors.

Rice flour was used to strengthen some of the bricks that make up the Great Wall of China.

Johnny Appleseed planted apples so that people could use apple cider to make alcohol.

In 1900 the average age at death in the US was 47.

Until 1796, there was a state in the United States called Franklin. Today it’s known as Tennessee!

There is no solid proof of who built the Taj Mahal.

Alberta, Canada, was named after Princess Louise Caroline Alberta, fourth daughter of Queen Victoria.

Joseph Gayetty is credited for inventing toilet paper in 1857. Unfortunately, his invention failed and did not catch on until ten years later.

The Olympic Flame was introduced in 1928 in Amsterdam.

Abdul Kassam Ismael, Grand Vizier of Persia in the 10th century, carried his library with him wherever he went. Four hundred camels carried the 117,000 volumes.

In 1783, the hot air balloon was invented in France.

The Canadian province of New Brunswick had a bloodless war with the US state of Maine in 1839.

Americans did not commonly use forks until after the Civil War.

The toothbrush was invented in China in 1498.

Ancient Egyptians slept on pillows made of stone!

Paper was invented early in the second century by Chinese eunuch.

Alabama was the first state to recognize Christmas as an official holiday.

Until the nineteenth century, solid blocks of tea were used as money in Siberia.

Lizzie Borden was acquitted.

The Hundred Years War lasted for 116 years.

Queen Lydia Liliuokalani was the last reigning monarch of the Hawaiian Islands. She was the only Queen the United States ever had.

Quality standards for pasta were set in the 13th century by the Pope.

As part of the original design, the names of 72 French scientists and other famous people is imprinted on the sides of the Eiffel tower.

A seven year old boy was the first person to survive the Horeshoe Falls (Niagara Falls) in just a life jacket.

In 1908, the first machine to make lollipops opened for business in New Haven, Connecticut.

John Van Wormer invented paper milk cartons after dropping a bottle of milk one morning. The bottle broke spilling the milk everywhere.

The cigarette lighter was invented before the match.

A flush toilet exists that dates back to 2000 BC.

If a surgeon in Ancient Egypt lost a patient while performing an operation, his hands were cut off.

In 1886, Coca-cola was first served at a pharmacy in Atlanta, Georgia for only five cents a glass. A pharmacist named John Pemberton created the formula for Coca-cola.

The first Tupperware item marketed was the seven-ounce bathroom cup in 1945.

Manicuring the nails has been done by people for more than 4,000 years.

April  27th, 1933, Canada and the U.S. dropped the gold standard.

Diamonds were first discovered in the riverbeds of the Golconda region of India over 4,000 years ago.

The seventeenth president of the United States, Andrew Johnson did not know how to read until he was 17 years old.

Only two people signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, John Hancock and Charles Thomson. Most of the rest signed on August 2, but the last signature wasn’t added until 5 years later.

In 1685, New France used playing cards as currency because of the shortage of coins.

In 1657, the first chocolate house was opened in London, England. Chocolate cost 13 shillings per pound and was a drink only the elite enjoyed.

In 1917, Margaret Sanger was jailed for one month for establishing the first birth control clinic.

Half of the 42 U.S. Presidents are of Irish descent.

In 1958, the Crayola crayon color “Prussian Blue” was changed to “Midnight Blue” by the request of teachers as kids could not relate to Prussian history.

Harley Proctor got the idea to name the soap “Ivory” while he was listening to a bible reading at a church in 1879.

Since the United Nations was founded in 1945, there have been 140 wars.

Before the 17th century, carrots used to be the colour purple.

William Taft who was the U.S. president between 1909-1913 once got stuck in the White House bathtub.

The first penny candy to be wrapped in America was the Tootsie Roll in 1896.

The name “Grey Poupon” used for mustard comes from two people: Maurice Grey and Auguste Poupon. Grey was the inventor of a machine that mass produced fine textured mustard, and Poupon was an already established maker of mustard. In 1886 the Grey-Poupon firm was formed.

Pilgrims did not eat with forks. They only used spoons, knives and their fingers.

The first drug to be sold in the form of a tablet is Aspirin.

In 1871, horse cars were introduced. It was simply a car that was pulled over a track by a horse.

Warner Brothers Corset Company created the bra cup sizing system, which is now used universally used by manufacturers.

The earliest known example of an organized market for equities dates from Rome, second century B.C

During the era of Louis XIV, women used lemons to redden their lips.

In 1967, the IMAX film system was invented by Canadian Ivan Grame Ferguson to premier at Expo 67.

The first Valentine candy box was invented by Richard Cadbury in the 1800′s.

The city of Nottingham in England was the first city to have Braille signs (signs for the blind) in its shopping malls for the blind.

Adolf Hitler was one of the people that was responsible in the creation of the Volkswagen Beetle. He wanted a car the average German working man to afford.

Early Romans used to use porcupine quills as toothpicks.

In the United States, the first cookbook was published in 1796 and it contained a recipes for watermelon rind pickles.

The Bank of America was originally called the Bank of Italy until the founder, Amedeo Giannini, changed the name in 1930.

Celtic warriors sometimes fought their battles naked, their bodies dyed blue from head to toe.

During the Roman times, people used urine, called lotium in Latin, as a hair product.

Heinz first started making ketchup in 1876 and the recipe has remained the same ever since.

There have been 191 coops in Bolivia since it became a sovereign country in 1825.

Walter Hunt patented the safety pin in 1849. He later sold the patent rights for only $400.

The coliseum in Rome was used regularly for about 400 years.

In 1905, Chapman and Skinner in San Francisco invented the first portable electric vacuum.

Minimum wage was 0.25 per hour when it was first enacted in 1938.

In 1785, the city of Paris removed bones from cemeteries to ease the overflow of dead people. They took these bones and stacked them in tunnels now known as the Catacombs. You can visit these tunnel attractions and work your way along long corridors, which are stacked with skulls and bones.

It is estimated that over fifty-four million people died in World War II, which was the bloodiest war in history.

Arabic numerals were not invented by Arabs, but were invented in India by the Hindus.

MS-DOS was originally called QDOS and was bought off the author by Microsoft for a small fee. The rest is history.

The Roman emperor Commodus was at one time going to change the name of Rome to Colonia Commodiana.

In 1902, the coat hanger was invented by Albert Parkhouse who was frustrated at the lack of hooks available to hang up his coat at work. His company thought it was a good idea and patented the invention and unfortunately, Parkhouse never received any money for his idea.

In WWII, when allied armies reached the Rhine River the first thing men did was pee in it. This was pretty universal from the lowest private to Winston Churchill (who made a big show of it). Gen. Patton had himself photographed in the act.

The first Valentine candy box was invented by Richard Cadbury in the 1800′s.

Pilgrims did not eat potatoes for Thanksgiving as they thought they were poisonous.

During his lifetime, artist Vincent Van Gogh only sold one of his paintings (The Red Vineyard).

The story of Mulan had been told in China for almost 1,500 years before Disney decided to make it into an animated movie.

The name Santa Claus came from Saint Nicholas who was a bishop in the town of Myra, and was known to be very nice to children.

Olives, which grow on trees, were first cultivated 5,000 years ago in Syria.

When explorers first arrived in Venezuela, they were reminded of Venice. They named the country “Little Venice”, which translated into Spanish is Venezuela.

The postage rate for a letter in 1693 was determined through how much light could pass through the letter. The process was called candling.

It took eleven years to built the Taj Mahal, (1632-1643)

The Danish company Lego, which began in 1932, first manufactured ironing boards, and stepladders.

Ancient Egyptians used to think having facial hair was an indication of personal neglect.

Ukrainian monk, Dionysius Exiguus, created the modern day Christian calendar.

Ancient Egyptian women used to wear perfume cones made of wax that would melt in the heat letting out a nice fragrance.

Sir John Harington, the godson of Queen Elizabeth I, was the inventor of the toilet.

The origin of apples traces back to the Middle East over 4,000 years ago.

On Sunday, December 7, 1941 at 7:55 AM, the attack on Pearl Harbour commenced.

When the Pez mint dispenser was first introduced it was meant to replace the activity of smoking.

A B-25 bomber airplane crashed into the 79th floor of the Empire State Building on July 28, 1945.

Great Britain was the first country to issue postage stamps in 1840.

During World War II, there was not enough sugar in the U.S. to make candy as it was sent to the troops overseas. At this time, popcorn was consumed three times more than its usual amount.

The only married couple to fly together in space were Jan Davis and Mark Lee, who flew aboard the Endeavor space shuttle from Sept 12-20, 1992.

Valentina Tereshkova was the first woman to enter space. She spent three days in space and completed forty-eight orbits of Earth.

The ancient Greeks had a fascination with the planet Mars. They attributed the planet to Ares, their god of war, because of its red colour.

In 1848, the first American pasta factory opened in Brooklyn, New York. The name of the man that opened it was Antoine Zerega.

The first translation of the Bible into English was in 1382 A.D., by John Wycliff.

The material to build the Taj Mahal was brought in from various parts of India by a fleet of 1000 elephants.

In 1958 the United States sent three mice into space named, Mia, Laska and Benji.

In 1903 Mary Anderson invented the windshield wipers.

A Hungarian named Ladislo Biro invented the first ballpoint pen in 1938.

Adolf Hitler loved chocolate cake.

In 1980, Saddam Hussein received a key to the city of Detroit.

In 1952, the first TV toy commercial aired. It was for Mr. Potato Head.

After the Eiffel Tower was built, one person was killed during the installation of the lifts. No one was killed during the actual construction of the tower.

The first Life Saver flavour, which was peppermint, was invented in 1912 and it was called Pep-O-Mint.

The average life span of a peasant during the medieval ages was 25 years.

On February 10, 1964 the first self-adhesive stamps were issued.

The American Automobile association was formed in 1905 for the sole purpose of warning motorists of police speed traps.

In 1980, there was only one country in the world with no telephones – Bhutan

Moscow was founded in 1147 by Yury Dolgoruky.

In 1976, fourteen banks merged to form a bank credit card called “Mastercharge.” This was later renamed to what is now known as “Mastercard.”

Albert Einstein was cremated and his ashes were spread over a river located in New Jersey.

David Rice Atchinson was President of the United States for exactly one day. This happened due to a glitch in American law at the time.

In February 1878, the first telephone book was published in New Haven, Connecticut. The book was one page long and had fifty names in it.

Only President to win a Pulitzer: John F. Kennedy for “Profiles in Courage”

Roman emperors ate flamingo tongues which were considered a delicacy. Also parrotfish livers, and pheasant brains were feasted on.

George Washington had to borrow money to go to his own inauguration.

The mother of famous astronomer Johannes Kepler was accused of being a witch.

In 1876, the first microphone was invented by Emile Berliner.

Ketchup originated in China as a pickled fish sauce called ke-tsiap.

Construction on the White House began in October of 1792.

On 1 Sep. 1969, a group of military officers led by then 27-year-old army officer Gaddafi staged a coup d’état against King Idris in Libya.

The first open heart surgery was performed by Dr. Daniel Hall Williams in 1893.

The Golden Gate Bridge was first opened in 1937.

The oldest major soft drink in America is Dr. Pepper, which originated in Waco, Texas in 1885.

Hockey pucks were originally made from frozen cow dung.

The word “America” comes from the European explorer “Amerigo Vespucci.

It took eleven years to built the Taj Mahal, (1632-1643)

The first drug to be sold in the form of a tablet is Aspirin.

Former U.S. President Franklin Pierce was arrested during his term as President for running over an old lady with his horse, but the charges were later dropped.

Pineapples were first introduced into Europe by Christopher Columbus.

In the 13th century, quality standards for paste were assigned by the Pope.

The first email was sent out by Ray Tomlinson in 1971.

In 1968, Abbie Hoffman played with a yo-yo while testifying before a congressional committee. He was found in contempt.

In 1657, the first chocolate house was opened in London, England.

The Xerox company was initially called the Haloid Company.

The Pentagon cost $49,600,000 to build in 1941.

The revolving door was invented in 1888, by Theophilus Van Kannel.

The idea of Christmas cards was invented by Englishman Henry Cole in 1843.

The origins of the soldier term “G.I.” is an abbreviation for “Government Issue,” which was stamped on all government kits supplied to recruits in the US Army during World War II.

One of the reasons marijuana is illegal today because cotton growers in the 30s lobbied against hemp farmers — they saw it as competition.

In 1825, the first toilet was installed in the White House.

In 1845, inventor Thomas Adams started the world’s first chewing gum factory.

Before 1883, the three-cent U.S. stamp was also used for advertising. The advertisment was located on the back of the stamp for various products.

The first commercial microwave oven was called the “1161 Radarange” and was the size of a refrigerator.

The first hot air balloon flight traveled for 5.5 miles over Paris and lasted for 23 minutes.

Pepper was sold as individual grains during the Elizabethan times. The guards at the London docks had to sew up their pockets so they would not steal any of the pepper.

The first American astronaut in space was Alan B. Shepard Jr.

Edwin Armstrong invented FM radio in 1933. The first to use FM radio to communicate the moon’s surface were named Edwin Aldrin and Neil Armstrong.

Hundreds of years ago, only the wealthy people used to wear underwear.

The Bible was written by over 40 authors over a period of 1500 years.

American President John Tyler had 15 children.

A ear trumpet was used before the hearing aid was invented by people who had difficulty hearing.

In 1923, the first neon sign was introduced in the U.S. Two neon signs were sold to a Packard car dealership for $24,000 which read, “Packard.”

Silk was developed in China were it was kept a secret. Anyone found trying to smuggling silkworm eggs or cocoons out of the country meant death.

The Popsicle was invented by 11 year-old Frank Epperson in 1905. He left his drink outside with a stir stick in it and he noticed that it had frozen. He applied for a patent in 1923 and named it “Epsicle.” The name was later changed to Popsicle.

The first jigsaw puzzle was created by map maker John Splisbury who mounted one of his maps on a sheet of hardwood. He proceeded to cut around the borders of each country use a fine saw.

The Ice Cream cone was invented in the summer of 1904 by Charles Menches. It made its debut one year later at the St. Louis World Fair.

George Washington had to borrow money to go to his own inauguration.

In Ancient Egypt, cats were often buried with their masters, or in a special cemetery for cats.

Ancient Egyptians used the spice Thyme to help preserve mummies.

In ancient Rome, lead poisoning was a prevalent disease amongst the wealthy because of their extensive use of lead.

Many Roman women died because of lead poisoning caused by the use of make-up that contained lead.

The famous jewellery store Tiffany & Co. was established on September 18, 1837 in New York City. Sales the first day were $4.98.

February 17th, 1930, was the first flight by a cow in an airplane. The milk that was produced by the cow during the flight was put into containers and parachuted over the city of St. Louis.

Tacoma Narrows Bridge which was located in Washington was nicknamed “Galloping Gertie” because of the unusual way it twisted and swayed with even with the slightest winds when people would drive on it. The Tacoma Narrows Bridge collapsed on November 7, 1940, fortunately no humans died, except for a dog.

Ancient Romans at one time used human urine as an ingredient in their toothpaste.

During the Gold Rush in 1849, some people paid as much as $100 for a simple glass of water.

The first hair dryer was a vacuum cleaner that was used for drying hair.

The first lighthouse built in the USA was in Boston, MA in 1716.

The Snickers chocolate bar was invented in 1930.

In 1888, an Egyptian peasant discovered an estimated three hundred thousand mummified cats in Beni Hassan, Egypt.

The first commercial chewing gum was sold in 1848 by John B. Curtis, who also made the gum. He called the gum “State of Maine Pure Spruce Gum.”

Romans, in the third century, believed that the lemon was an antidote for all poisons.

In the Great Fire of London in 1666, only six people were killed.

During World War II, the 2nd Polish Corps had a brown bear named Wojtek, who helped move boxes of ammunition during the battle of Monte Cassino.

Adolf Hitler wanted to be an architect, but he failed the entrance exam at the architectural school in Vienna.

In the first century, people used to drink goats milk to sweeten their breath.

Celtic warriors sometimes fought their battles naked, their bodies dyed blue from head to toe.

To make butter more attractive in colour, carrot juice was used by people in the Middle Ages.

The first lighthouse was in Alexandria in 290 B.C.

In 1477, the first diamond engagement ring was given to Mary of Burgundy by Archduke Maximillian of Austria.

TWIX Caramel Cookie Bars were first introduced in 1979.

The oldest working Post Office is located in the village of Sanquer, located in the Scottish Lowlands. It has been operating since 1712.

Parts of the Dead Sea Scrolls appeared for sale in the June 1, 1954 issue of the Wall Street Journal.

The earliest known example of an organized market for equities dates from Rome, second century B.C.

Ten percent of the Russian government’s income comes from the sale of vodka.

Bananas were discovered by Alexander the Great in 327 B.C. when he conquered India.

Former U.S. President Abraham Lincoln suffered a nervous breakdown in 1836.

Alexander the Great made his troops eat onions as he believed it would prove their vitality.

In 1945, a seven ounce bathroom cup was the first item Tupperware marketed.

Coffee beans were chewed for more than 400 years before the first cup of coffee was brewed.

The first British ship to use the SOS distress signal was the Titanic.

The first state to give the right to women to vote was Wyoming.

In 1949 UNICEF produced the first charity Christmas card. The picture shown on the card was painted by a seven year old girl.

Archeologists report that cannabis was most likely the first plant cultivated by humans. Cannabis was used for linen, paper, and garments.

The banana was officially introduced in 1876 in the U.S. at the Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition. The bananas were wrapped in tinfoil and were sold for 10 cents each.

In 1894, the carnival made its debut in North America.

In 1281, the Mongol army of Kublai Khan tried to invade Japan but were ravaged by a hurricane that destroyed their fleet .

In 1755, the first Canadian post office opened in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The fist Deputy Postmaster General was American inventor Benjamin Franklin.

The first fashion house to be set up was in 1858 by Charles Worth. He opened his store in Paris with the idea of having pre-made gowns presented on models to his customers.

St. Patrick explained the Holy Trinity to King Laoghaire, using the shamrock to illustrate the trinity.

Construction on the White House began in October of 1792.

James Buchanan was the only unmarried president of the United States.

The first person to die in the electric chair was William Kemmler, an axe murderer from New York on August 6, 1890.

On May 9, 1999 approximately 600,000 gallons of whiskey flowed into the Kentucky River during a fire at Wild Turkey Distillery in Lawrenceburg.

In 1796, Napoleon was only 26 years old when he took command of the French Army of Italy.

A bomb dropped by the Allies on Berlin during World War II killed every animal in the Berlin Zoo except the elephant, which escaped and roamed the city.

The expression “Tying the Knot” comes from an old Roman custom where the brides clothes were tied up all in knots and the groom was supposed to untie the knots.

Construction on the Leaning Tower of Pisa began on August 9th, 1173.

Early sewing machines were destroyed by mobs or workers who felt their jobs were threatened by automation.

In the 1920′s, Q-Tips were invented by Leo Gerstenzang who got the idea after watching his wife clean their baby’s ears with cotton stuck to a toothpick.

Acorns were used as a coffee substitute during the American Civil War.

The first television newscaster was Kolin Hager, who used to broadcast farm and weather reports in 1928.

The first president to have a picture taken was John Quincy Adams.

It was during World War II that clothes with elastic waists were introduced. This is because the metal used in zippers was badly needed for the war.

The first museum in Moscow that was set up in 1791 was the Natural History Laboratory at Moscow University. This later was changed to the Zoological Museum.

In the 18th century, potatoes were given out as a dessert. They were served in a napkin, salted and hot.

The first modern toothbrush was invented in China. Its bristles came from hogs hair or the mane of a horse that were then put into ivory handles.

General William Booth is the founder of the Salvation Army.

The chocolate chip cookie was invented in 1933.

The Liberty Bell was the first mechanical slot machine, which was invented by Charles Fey, a car mechanic in 1895.

A Russian man who wore a beard during the time of Peter the Great had to pay a special tax.

In 1965, the price for an issue of TV Guide was 15 cents.

In 1565 In St. Augustine, Florida the first orange trees were planted.

Dentyne gum was invented in 1899 by a druggist from New York named Franklin V. Canning.

When former Texas Governor James Hogg was on his deathbed he made a special request that a pecan tree be planted at the head of his grave instead of a tombstone. The governor passed away on March 2, 1906, which is Texas Independence Day. The pecan tree is now the state tree of Texas.

The U.S. paid Russia $7.2 million for Alaska in 1867.

Consuming chocolate was once considered a sin during the 16th and 17th century. During that time it was provided in the form of a drink and since drinking wine during lent was a sin, so was drinking chocolate.

The Romans used to clean themselves with olive oil since they did not have any soap. They would use a strigil to scrape off any dirt along with the oil.

In ancient Egypt, Priests plucked EVERY hair from their bodies including their eyebrows and eyelashes.

In 1971, the postal code was introduced in Ottawa, Ontario.

The first recipe for a lasagna type dish was found to be from a British cookbook in the 14th century. Therefore, Italians were not the first ones to come up with the popular dish as believed.

Albert Einstein was offered the presidency of Israel in 1952, but he declined.

Urine from men’s public urinals was sold as a commodity in Ancient Rome. It was used as a dye and for making clothes hard.

In 1890, Scott Paper produced the first toilet paper to be available on a roll.

The first Labour Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City.

The Nobel prize was first awarded in 1901.

In ancient Egypt, the only person who was allowed to wear cotton was the High Priest.

One billion pounds of pasta would need approximately 2,021,452,000 gallons of water to cook it. This is equivalent to 75,000 Olympic-size swimming pools.

The total number of steps in the Eiffel Tower are 1665.

Fourteen people die each day from asthma in the United States.

The average amount of time spent kissing for a person in a lifetime is 20,160 minutes.

The human body has approximately 37,000 miles of capillaries.

The chewing gum Juicy Fruit has 10 calories. This is approximately the same as a bite of whole wheat bread.

One bushel of wheat can make enough sandwiches that you could eat three sandwiches a day for over six months.

The leading cause of deaths for children between the ages of 1 and 4 are motor vehicle crashes.

The human brain has about 100,000,000,000 (100 billion) neurons.

One acre of wheat can produce enough bread to feed a family of four people for about ten years.

Approximately 10.5 gallons of water is used in a dishwasher. Washing the dishes by hand can use up to 20 gallons of water.

Since 1950, over 230 million eggs of Silly Putty have been sold.

A blink lasts approximately 0.3 seconds.

The oldest documented footwear found was a 8,000 year-old sandal found in a cave located in Missouri, USA.

Broccoli was first introduced into France during the royal marriage of Catherine de Medici to Henry II of France.

The oldest inhabited house in Scotland is the Traquair Castle. The castle has had 27 kings as visitors.

From 1526 to 1707, the first six Mogul emperors of India ruled in unbroken succession from father to son.

Pretzel snacks have been around for over 1300 years. A European monk invented the snack using used leftover bread dough.

The destruction of the Berlin Wall began when private citizens began to demolish entire sections of the Wall without interference from government officials on November 9, 1989.

Botanically a rhubarb is a vegetable. It was changed to a fruit in 1947 by a U.S. Custom Court.

The mother of famous astronomer Johannes Kepler was accused of being a witch.

In 1955, only 330 Volkswagen Beetle’s were sold at a price of $1800 each in the United States.

Orville Wright, a pilot, was involved in the first aircraft accident. His passenger, a Frenchman, was killed.

Milk chocolate was invented in Switzerland by David Peter in 1876.

There have been close to 200 coups and counter-coups in the country of Bolivia.

During World War II, Russians used dogs strapped with explosives to blow up German tanks. They trained the dogs to associate the tanks with food and ended up destroying about 25 German tanks using this method.

A dog by the name of Laika was launched into space aboard the Russian spacecraft Sputnik 2 in 1957.

In 410 A.D. Alaric the Visigoth demanded that Rome give him three thousand pounds of pepper as ransom.

The study of twins is known as gemellology.

During one seven year period, Thomas Edison obtained approximately three hundred patents. In is whole life he obtained over one thousand patents.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

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