Why are ice cream and fruit mixtures called “sundaes?”
In the late 19th century, many local laws did not allow the sale of ice cream sodas on the Sabbath, due to the “fact” sodas were sinfully delicious. To attract the Sunday crowd, ice cream parlors started serving ice cream topped with various kinds of fruit, advertising them as soda-less sodas. They were a huge success, and soon people began calling them “Sundays.”
Later, the ice cream parlors changed the spelling of them to “Sundaes,” in the hope this would change this concoction’s image from a Sunday-only dessert to an everyday treat.
Looks like it worked.
Six people can eat on one scrambled ostrich egg.
The dot over the letter “i” is called a tittle.
Maine is the only state in the US which has one syllable.
Lake Michigan is the only Great Lake entirely in the USA.
Nepal is the only country in the world which does not have a rectangular flag – it has two triangular pennants, one on top of the other.
What car had the first automatic transmission?
Oldsmobile offered the first fully-automatic transmission, called the Hydra-Matic, in 1937. The transmission used four speeds and added fifty-seven dollars to the price tag of the car.
By the late forties and fifties, the Hydra-Matic was also used by Cadillac and Pontiac, as well as by independent automakers such as Nash, Hudson, and Kaiser-Frazier.
In the US, the error rate for doctors prescribing the wrong medicine for their patient’s ailment is 12%.
Percentage of American women who say they would marry the same man: 50%
According to a major hotel chain, approximately the same numbers of men and women are locked out of their rooms — 32 percent are less than fully dressed.
The mother of all mothers? The largest number of children born to one woman is recorded at 69. From 1725-1765 a Russian peasant woman gave birth to 16 sets of twins, 7 sets of triplets and 4 sets of quadruplets.
Hoover Dam’s structural volume surpasses the largest pyramid in Egypt, which took 20 years and 100,000 men to complete. How long, and how many men did it take to complete Hoover Dam?
A. 4 years and 5,000 workers
John Wayne played the leading role in 142 of his 153 movies.
The Ark of the Covenant was last seen in 586 BC.
The first leap year was 46 BC.
Bird guano is 11 to 16 percent nitrogen, 8 to 12 percent phosphoric acid, and 2 to 3 percent potash.
A baseball weighs between 5 and 5.25 ounces.
An airplane’s black box is actually orange.
Chinese astronomers made the first recorded observation of Halley’s Comet in 240 B.C.
Diamonds burn if you heat them somewhere between 1,400 to 1,600 degrees Fahrenheit.
Baseball’s first All-Star game was played July 6, 1933, in Chicago’s Comiskey Park. The AL won, 4-2.
Herbert Hoover was the first US president born west of the Mississippi. He was born 8/10/1874 in West Branch, Iowa.
Ketchup was sold in the 1830s as medicine.
Leonardo da Vinci could write with one hand and draw with the other at the same time.
The gorge of the Grand Canyon is 217 miles long. 56 of those miles are in the Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona. The canyon varies in width from 4 to 18 miles.
It takes 17 muscles in your face to smile, 43 to frown.
The skin on the foot or palm of your hand wrinkles when it is exposed at length to water because it expands.