Elvis Presley didn’t believe in encores. A few moments after Elvis walked offstage, a voice on the PA would announce to the cheering fans, “Elvis has left the building,” and that was that.
Thirty-six dollars an ounce? No, don’t call the vice squad, call the spice squad. Pickers pluck the stamens of nearly 5,000 blossoms to get just one ounce of Saffron, making it the most expensive spice on your grocer’s shelf.
The Food and Drug Administration allows up to 210 insect fragments and seven rodent hairs in a regular 700-gram jar of peanut butter before considering the product to unsanitary for public consumption.
The very first entrepreneur to be worth a billion dollars? Car mogul Henry Ford.
The flavor we call “bubblegum” is a mix of vanilla, wintergreen, and cassia (a form of cinnamon).
Douglas Engelbart invented the “X-Y” Position indicator for a Display System” in the late 1960s. “XYPIDS” didn’t catch on as a name – early users first called it a “turtle,’ then a “rodent,” then the cuter-sounding “mouse,” the name that finally stuck to the computer thing that rolls, points, and clicks.
When watching TV, you burn 1-2 calories per minute.
In 1932, Ole Kirk Christiansen needed a name for his new toy company. He took inspiration from leg godt, the Danish words for “play well,” and called his company LEGO.
Henry Fords first car was named “Quadricycle Runabout.”
Shoeless Joe Jackson still hasn’t made it into baseball’s Hall of Fame. However, his shoes are on display there.
In a poll, about half of all American Oreo consumers twist the cookies apart before eating them. Three times as many women as men engage in this twisted practice.
How many O’s in a can of Spaghetti O’s? About 1,750.
Wedding cake was originally provided at weddings as something to throw at the new bride and groom – unfrosted, of course.
Why are they called “sardines?” Because the process of canning small herrings was invented on the Italian island of Sardinia.
Orchids got their name from orkhis, the Greek word for “testicles,” which is what its root system looks like.
The word testimony comes from the old Roman practice of cupping the genitals when swearing an oath.
Christmas, plum pudding, and mince pie were made illegal in England and its American colonies in 1647. Blame Oliver Cromwell and the Puritans.
Even though they may happen to have an orangy glow, the name orangutan actually comes from the Malay language and means “person of the forest.”
July, for some reason, is the most dangerous month for fatal auto accidents. February’s next.
Most barns in the 1800s really were painted red. Why was that? Red paint hid dirt well and was easy to make without having to resort to expensive store-bought paint. — Mix skim milk with some linseed oil and lime. Add Rust.
Because of “Blue Laws” forbidding such things on the Sabbath, pro baseball didn’t start playing Sunday games until 1933. Not that the laws changed – the baseball Leagues just decided to ignore them.
Ant queens never leave the ground except to mate. The do so after shooting straight up in the air. When they come back down, their minions pull off their wings and they never fly again.
Dr. Pearl Zane Grey was only a moderately successful dentist. He did much better as “Zane Grey,” writing Western novels between patients.
Mexican jumping beans jump because there’s a caterpillar inside. The “bean” is from a shrub that grows south of the border, and the caterpillar eats out the inside, jerking now and again to scare away birds and other seed-eaters. Eventually the caterpillar grows up and emerges from the seed as a butterfly.
How many ridges are there around the edge of a United States dime? 118 ridges.
After snoozing through a screening of Gone With the Wind at the White House, President Franklin D. Roosevelt complained, “No movie has a right to be that long!”
One of Walt Disney’s favorite hobbies was planning train wrecks on his half-mile of miniature train tracks.
Which song had the highest sheet music sales in history? It was “Yes, We Have No Bananas” by Frank Silver and Irving Cohn. It sold over a half million copies in its first few weeks of sale in 1923.
In the 1930s, when Pepsi first came on the market, it cost a nickel for a 12-ounce bottle. That sounds really cheap, but its about the same as today’s price if adjusted for inflation.
If life hands you peanuts, make peanut butter. You can make 30,000 peanut butter sandwiches from just one acre.
Manhole covers aren’t round because someone at city planning liked the shape. Nope, they’re round because they’re the only common shape that won’t fall through holes if they get tilted sideways.
Although the stalk of the rhubarb is delicious, beware, its leaves are toxic and can kill you.
Thank Thomas Jefferson for French fries. he brought back samples of fried potato sticks from France and dubbed them “Potatoes fried in the French manner.” Americans shortened the name to “French fries.”
Ian Fleming was an avid birdwatcher. When he was casting around for “an ordinary-sounding name” for his new spy hero, his eyes landed on his favorite bird identification book: Birds of the West Indies by ornithologist James Bond.
Cats have 32 muscles surrounding their ears, allowing them to turn each ear independently.