Did you Know...?
million pounds of pesticides and about 3 million tons of fertiliser
are used annually on lawns in the US.
single share of Coca-Cola stock, purchased in 1919, when the
company went public, would have been worth $92,500 in 1997.
consume 42 tons of aspirin per day.
was advertising cough medicine containing heroin in 1898.
first escalator was installed in Harrods in 1878.
proof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers and laser printers
were all invented by women.
soda water was invented in 1767 by Joseph Priestley, the discoverer
gum was patented in 1869 by William Semple.
was so named back in 1885 for its two 'medicinal' ingredients:
extract of coca leaves and kola nuts. As for how much cocaine
was originally in the formulation, it's hard to know.
was sold to cure sore throat, neuralgia, nervousness, headache,
colds and sleeplessness in the 1880s.
eyelashes were invented by film director D.W. Griffith while
he was making the 1916 epic, "Intolerance." He wanted
actress Seena Owen to have lashes that brushed her cheeks.
Kisses are called that because the machine that makes them looks
like it's kissing the conveyor belt.
brothers George and L"szlo Biro invented the ball point
pen in 1938.
motto is 'Think.'
you put a raisin in a glass of champagne, it will keep floating
to the top and sinking to the bottom.
1889, the 1st coin-operated telephone, patented by Hartford,
Connecticut inventor William Gray, was installed in the Hartford
Bank. Local calls using a coin-operated phone in the U.S. cost
only 5 cents everywhere until 1951.
1965, LBJ enacted a law requiring cigarette manufacturers to
put health warnings on their packages.
1984, a Canadian farmer began renting advertising space on his
1991 Procter & Gamble won a $75,000 lawsuit against James
& Linda Newton who were found responsible for spreading
rumours that the company supported the Church of Satan. The
two were distributors of Amway Products, a competitor of Proctor
4000 BC Egypt, men and women wore glitter eye shadow made from
the crushed shells of beetles.
M&M candies, the letters stand for Mars and Murrie, the
developers of the candy in 1941.
the 1700s, European women achieved a pale complexion by eating
"Arsenic Complexion Wafers" actually made with the
was discovered in 1922 by Sir Frederick Banting and Dr. Charles
soy sauce was originated in 1630 in Japan.
stands for "light amplification by stimulated emission
of radiation." Developed 1950s - 1960s.
Strauss blue jeans with copper rivets were priced at $13.50
per dozen in 1874.
isn't made out of paper, it's made out of linen.
lipstick contains fish scales.
was first produced synthetically in a laboratory in 1946.
contains ethyl alcohol and 25% fragrant oils. Cologne is cheaper
to produce and to purchase because the oil content in cologne
is only 3%. Cologne was named for the German city in which it
was first produced. The original formula combined alcohol, lemon
spirits, orange bitters and mint oil.
1st personal computer, the Apple II, went on sale in 1977.
Brownie box camera, introduced by Eastman Kodak, sold for $1.00
in 1900. The camera's 6-exposure film sold for 15 cents.
condom - made originally of linen - was invented in the early
electric chair was invented by Dr. Alphonse Rockwell and was
first used on William Kemmler on August 6, 1890.
first brand of Wrigley's chewing gum was called "Vassar",
after the New England woman's college. Next were "Lotta"
and "Sweet Sixteen Orange."
first Corvette rolled off the Chevrolet assembly line in Flint,
MI. in 1953. That early 'Vette sold for $3,250.
first credit card, issued in 1950, was Diner's Club. Frank X.
McNamara started the company with 200 card holders.
first product to have a UPC bar code on its packaging was Wrigley's
first safety feature for an automobile was invented in 1908
by John O'Leary. He patented a large net, to be installed on
the front fender, to scoop pedestrians out of the way before
they could be run over.
first seeing-eye dog was presented to a blind person on April
first toothbrush with bristles was developed in China in 1498.
Bristles were taken from hogs at first, later from horses. The
nylon bristles were developed in 1938 by DuPont.
first US consumer product sold in the Soviet Union was Pepsi-Cola.
glue on Israeli postage stamps is certified kosher.
revolving door was invented August 7, 1888, by Theophilus Van
Kannel, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
safety pin was patented in 1849 by Walter Hunt. He sold the
patent rights for $400.
sewing machine was patented on August 12, 1851, by Isaac Singer
of Pittstown, New York.
soldiers of World War I were the first people to use the modern
flushing toilet. The inventor: Thomas Crapper. This sounds feasible,
but isn't true! Crapper actually invented the automatic shut-off
mechanism used in the
toilet."Flushable" toilets were in use in ancient Rome.
The United States minted a 1787
copper coin with the motto 'Mind Your Business.'
The world's first adhesive postage
stamp went on sale in England in 1840.
The yo-yo was introduced in
1929 by Donald F. Duncan. The toy was based on a weapon used
by 16th-century Filipino hunters.
There are about 30 milligrams
of caffeine in the average chocolate bar, while a cup of coffee
contains around 100 to 150 milligrams.
VHS stands for Video Home System.
Adjusting for inflation, Cleopatra,
1963, is the most expensive movie ever made to date (mid-1999).
Its budget of $44 million is equivalent to 270 million 1999
As of 1996, Hee Haw holds the
record for the longest running weekly first-run syndicated show
in the history of television. It spanned over 4 decades, from
the late '60s to the early '90s, airing every Saturday night
Bette Midler, Barry Manilow
and many other famous vocalists got their start in a New York
City club called The Continental Baths.
Between 1931 and 1969 Walt Disney
collected thirty-five Oscars.
C3P0 is the first character
to speak in Star Wars.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard's fish
was named Livingston.
Captain Kirk never said "Beam
me up, Scotty," but he did say, "Beam me up, Mr. Scott."
Carnegie Hall in New York City
opened in 1891 with Tchaikovsky as guest conductor.
Chocolate syrup was used for
blood in the famous 45 second shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock's
movie, Psycho, which actually took 7 days to shoot.
Disneyland opened in 1955.
Donald Duck lives at 1313 Webfoot
Walk, Duckburg, Calisota and his middle name is Fauntleroy.
Elvis Presley made his first
appearance on national television in 1956. He sang Blue Suede
Shoes and Heartbreak Hotel on "The Dorsey Brothers Show."
Even though they broke up 25
years ago, the Beatles continue to sell more records each year
than the Rolling Stones.
George Harrison, with "My
Sweet Lord," was the first Beatle to have a Number 1 hit
single following the group's breakup.
In Casablanca, Humphrey Bogart
never said "Play it again, Sam."
In Disney's Fantasia, the Sorcerer's
name is Yensid, which is Disney spelled backward.
In October 1959 Elizabeth Taylor
became the first Hollywood star to receive $1 million for a
single picture. (for Cleopatra)
Jethro Tull is not the name
of the rock singer responsible for such songs as "Aqualung"
and "Thick as a Brick." Jethro Tull is the name of
the band. The singer is Ian Anderson. The original Jethro Tull
was an English horticulturalist who invented the seed drill.
Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin,
and Jim Morrison were all 27 years old when they died.
Mickey Mouse is known as 'Topolino'
MTV (Music Television) made
its debut at 12:01 a.m. on August 1, 1981 The first music-video
shown on the rock-video cable channel was, appropriately, "Video
Killed the Radio Star" by the Buggles. MTV's original five
veejays were Martha Quinn, Nina Blackwood, Mark Goodman, J.J.
Jackson and Alan Hunter.
Napoleon Bonaparte is the historical
figure most often portrayed in movies. He has been featured
in 194 movies, Jesus Christ in 152, and Abraham Lincoln in 137.
Penny Marshall was the first
woman film director to have a film take in more than $100 million
at the box office - she accomplished this with the 1988 flick
Pierce Brosnan's first appearance
as James Bond was in 1995 Golden Eye.
Santa's reindeer are: Dasher,
Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, and Blitzen.
The "Twelve Days of Christmas"
gifts: A partridge in a pear tree, two turtledoves, three French
hens, four calling birds, five gold rings, six geese laying,
seven swans swimming, eight maids milking, nine ladies dancing,
ten lords leaping, eleven pipers piping, and twelve drummers
drumming. (There are 364 gifts altogether)
The 1st Academy Awards ceremony
to be telecast was the 25th, in 1953. The 1st Academy Awards
were presented in 1927.
The 1st live televised murder
was in 1963, when Jack Ruby killed JFK's assassin, Lee Harvey
Oswald while millions of viewers watched.
The 1st winner of the Academy
Award for best picture, and the only silent film to achieve
that honour, was the 1927 film, "Wings."
The Beatles' 1st song to hit
the UK charts was "From Me to You" in June, 1963.
The Beatles were George Harrison,
John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and Ringo Starr. But there were
also two lesser known, previous members of the band: Pete Best
and Stu Sutcliffe.
The characters Bert and Ernie
on Sesame Street were named after Bert the cop and Ernie the
taxi driver in Frank Capra's "Its A Wonderful Life."
The characters of Homer, Marge,
Lisa, and Maggie were given the same first names as Simpsons
creator Matt Groening's real-life father, mother, and two sisters.
The first CD pressed in the
US - for commercial release - was Bruce Springsteen's 'Born
in the USA'.
The first film granted permission
by the Chinese government to be filmed in the Forbidden City
was The Last Emperor, 1987.
The rock music video channel
MTV made its debut in 1981.
The Russian Imperial Necklace
has been loaned out by Joseff jewelers of Hollywood for 1,215
different feature films.
The song "Happy Birthday
to You" was originally written by sisters Mildred and Patty
Hill as "Good Morning to You." The words were changed
and it was published in 1935.
The term karaoke means "empty
orchestra" in Japanese, and the karaoke machine was designed
originally to provide backing tracks for solo cabaret performers.
Time magazine's "Man of
the Year" for 1938 was Adolf Hitler.
When Bugs Bunny first appeared
in 1935, he was called Happy Rabbit.