Life in the 1500’s – They cooked in the kitchen in a big kettle that always hung over the fire. Every day they lit the fire and added things to the pot. They mostly ate vegetables and didn’t get much meat. They would eat the stew for dinner leaving leftovers in the pot to get cold overnight and then start over the next day. Sometimes the stew had food in it that had been in there for a month. Hence the rhyme, “Peas porridge hot, peas porridge cold, peas porridge in the pot nine days old”.
The first pick (by Eagles) in the first NFL draft in 1935, was Jay Berwanger from the University of Chicago. He never played in the league
Watermelon is grown in over 96 countries worldwide. Over 1,200 varieties of watermelon are grown worldwide. There are about 200 varieties of watermelon throughout the US.
Mincemeat was originally a medieval food made of a sweet, spicy mixture of chopped lean meat, (usually beef, or beef tongue), suet and fruit. Over time, the meat content was reduced, and today the mixture contains nuts, dried fruit, beef suet, spices and brandy or rum, but usually no beef.
For decades after Emperor Nero’s death, people all over the Roman empire claimed to have spotted him. Several men even claimed to be him, and started popular movements to be reinstated as emperor. Because of his notoriety and the questionable circumstances under which he died (he purportedly stabbed himself to death in hiding outside of Rome), Nero was the Elvis Presley of ancient Rome.
The largest hummus dish was prepared in Lebanon. It weighed 10,452 Kg.
When Scott Paper Co. first started manufacturing toilet paper they did not put their name on the product because of embarrassment.
The name LEGO came from the Danish, “LEg GOdt,” which means “play well”.
The record for the most major league baseball career innings is held by Cy Young, with 7,356 innings.
Knitted socks discovered in Ancient Egyptian tombs have been dated back as far as the 3rd century AD.
Billboard magazine has recently launched a top 20 chart of cell phone ringtones.
Dogs have two sets of teeth, just like humans. They first have 30 “puppy” teeth, then 42 adult teeth.
The Red Baron, Snoopy’s nemesis from the comic strip “Peanuts,” represents Manfred von Richtofen, Germany’s air ace in World War I. He was nicknamed by Allied pilots for his plane, a red Albatross fighter (the other pilots in his squadron also flew colorful aircraft, earning the name “Flying Circus” for their group). Von Richtofen’s had 60 confirmed kills but his luck ran out over France on April 21, 1918 when bullets from ground gunners and Canadian pilot Roy Brown (no known relation to Charlie) ended his career and his life.
Absinthe seemed to cause brain lesions, convulsions, hallucinations and severe mental problems. Thujone was the culprit, along with the fact that Absinthe was manufactured with an alcohol content of 68% or 132 proof.
From 1942 until the end of World War II, Oscars were made out of plaster to conserve metal. After the war, the winners received “real” replacement statues.
All 50 states are listed across the top of the Lincoln Memorial on the back of the $5 bill.
Truffles, or mushrooms that grow below the ground, are one of the world’s most expensive foods. One variety, Tuber melanosporum, can cost between $800 and $1,500 a pound.
To be found attractive, women should sway their hips and men their shoulders (although researchers call this a “shoulder swagger”).
Followers of the Zoroastrian religion leave their dead atop a local tower, where vultures handle the nasty business of disposing the spiritually impure flesh.
If you plug your nose you can’t hum (keep your mouth close too).
Mockingbirds can imitate any sound from a squeaking door to a cat meowing.
The name of the first airplane flown at Kitty Hawk by the Wright Brothers, on December 17, 1903, was Bird of Prey.
The melting point of cocoa butter is just below the human body temperature — which is why it literally melts in your mouth.
The Weddell seal can travel underwater for seven miles without surfacing for air.
The blue portion is flown on top in time of peace and the red portion is flown in war time.
There are approximately fifty Bibles sold each minute across the world.
In World War II Army slang for an ARMY DONKEY was G.I. MOE.
Taste buds are functional at or before birth in dogs.
The word mayday comes from the French word “M’aidez”, which means “Help me”.
It was taboo to eat woodpeckers in the Roman Empire.
Quito in Ecuador, South America, is said to have the most pleasant climate in the world. It is called the “Land of Eternal Spring”. The temperature rarely drops below 46 degrees Fahrenheit during the night, or exceeds 72 degrees Fahrenheit during the day.
Every year the sun loses 360 million tons.
In the 1983 film “JAWS 3D” the shark blows up. Some of the shark guts were the stuffed ET dolls being sold at the time.
Pele has always hated his nickname, which he says sounds like “baby-talk in Portuguese”.
The first US President to be a target of an attempted assassination was also the only president to kill a man outside of wartime. On January 30, 1835, Andrew Jackson was attending a Congressman’s funeral in the Capitol rotunda when a deranged man fired at him from six feet away with two pistols. Only the man’s misfire saved the 7th President.
McGuffins are diversionary props in stories, such as the briefcase in “Pulp Fiction” or the falcon in the “Maltese Falcon”.
Bananas are America’s #1 fruit.
Harry S Truman’s middle name was S. Just S, without the period.
The world’s first dry martini was created at a hotel bar in San Francisco in 1860, with gin, vermouth, and bitters, shaken AND stirred with ice.