Friday, April 29, 2011
Thursday, April 28, 2011
The open floor plan/collaborative work space was designed by executives at Toyota in the 1960's. They believed that it really allowed for maximum creativity and collaboration while offering an airy aesthetic. It should also be noted that every executive who thought a "collaborative workspace" was a good idea had their own office.
Teacup pigs are made when you breed a pig with a Guinea Pig. They were the brainchild of Aberforth Johnson in 1973. At first they were bred to allow for city based pork farming (for food). Once people realized how cute a tiny pig was, they decided to continue breeding the Teacup pig for domestication.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
The stapler was originally called the Fastenomatron and was invented by Jim Staple; the head product designer at swingline in the 1920's. When the product failed to sell initially, a grass roots campaign was started by Jim's friends to change the name of the Fastenomatron to the Stapler.
Monday, April 25, 2011
Rosie is the nickname for Roosevelt, a perfectly acceptable boy's name. Also, similar to naming your son Sue, one can assume that boys named Rosie would be forced to develop a certain toughness that most other boys never gain. Also, Rosie Greer sang it's alright to cry on Free to be you and me...
Saturday, April 23, 2011
Thursday, April 21, 2011
The model for Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi's Statue of Liberty was his German maid, Olga Spatz.
The inspiration for Lady Liberty's torch
The inspiration for Lady Liberty's torch
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
While airplanes are the safest mode of transportation, hot air balloons are by far the most dangerous. Overall casualties in hot air balloon accidents are worst during duck season in Missouri...something about the buckshot damaging the balloons.
Butterscotch was originally used as a lubricant for carriage axles in Sweden in the 1740's. Shlimengong, as it was known at the time, fell out of favor during the summers when flies would begin to congragate under carriages. One day, when it was particularly hot out, a local confectioner got some of the shlimengong on his hand while working under his carriage. Upon accidentally licking his hand, he decided that shlimengong could be put to far better use if he added some butter to the sticky sweet conconction. Butterscotch was born...To this day, axles are squeeky in Sweden.
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Martini glasses are intentionally shallow to ensure that the complicated mix of ingredients does not seperate. Using a rocks glass would cause the vodka/gin to settle on the top and vermouth/olive juice settling on the bottom of your drink...gross.
Monday, April 18, 2011
Friday, April 15, 2011
In the Spring of 1917, confection company, LG Slugworth Co. had a real problem on its hands. They had made far too much raw marshmallow. Fortunately, James Peeporato suggested that Slugworth use the extra marshmallow to make some kind of candy for the Easter holiday. Larry Slugworth loved the idea. After the following shapes were all rejected:
- Ice Cream Cone
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Until the early 20th century little boys wore dresses just as often as little girls because there was no means of mass production for children's clothing. At the time, parents had many children, and had to reuse clothing. As pants aren't ladylike, dresses became the default. Franklin Roosevelt
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Thursday, April 7, 2011
As champagne must come from the Champagne region of France, so must cashmere have a very distinct pedigree to be considered cashmere. For soft wool to be called cashmere, it must come from the Shagadene sheep's belly in the Kashmir region of India. The Shagadene's bellies are sheered yearly at the Kashmir sheep festival. Such a distinct lineage really increases the price of true cashmere.
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
I never understood the big deal about time travel. I am pretty happy with the time we live in currently. Traveling into the future would really just ruin the surprise...Oh wait, I guess I would like to go back in time and bet on sporting events where I already knew the outcome.
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
- I forgot to pay the homeowner's insurance and the gas on the stove won't turn off
- Do you have plans tomorrow night? I think I'm going to have to work until at least 11PM
- Let's talk about our finances
- I think I need to go out of town for work right around the due date
- Bunny, you're fat, but you are really pretty
Monday, April 4, 2011
The Garden Gnome was developed as people started to move from rural areas to the suburbs. While people still needed to keep the crows away from their produce, scarecrows look rather creepy in someone's vegetable garden. Garden gnomes are much smaller but equally effective at scaring away garden pests.