Chicago’s Milwaukee Avenue, and other diagonal streets in Chicago were originally Native American trade routes, which gives them their askew paths.
When Steve Buscemi was 4-years-old he was hit by a bus and managed to survive with a fractured skull. He received a $6,000 settlement from the city that was to be collected from a trust fund when he turned 18. When Buscemi turned 18, he used part of the money to pay for full-time acting classes.
The founding father of modern Vietnam is Ho Chi Minh that led Vietnam’s communist revolution against French colonial rule and then took on the US has long had an admiration for the US and repeatedly sought the country’s help in the decades before the Vietnam War.
Louis Armstrong always wore a Star of David pendant, in gratitude to the Jewish family who raised him, treating him as though he were their own child. He was also fluent in Yiddish.
Melting ice cream inspired the invention of the outboard motor. It was a lovely August day and Ole Evinrude was rowing his boat to his favorite island picnic spot. As he rowed, he watched his ice cream melt and wished he had a faster way to get to the island. At that moment the idea was born.
Compulsive gamblers use adult diapers so that they don’t have to leave their seats when nature calls.
Anthony Rossi who founded Tropicana Products in 1945 was an Italian immigrant who arrived in the US with $25 and did not know English. He developed an orange juice pasteurization process to allow transport from the factory in Florida to as far away as New York starting in 1970.
Generations of Cornish and American miners believe in the Tommyknockers, small gnome-like men who live inside mines. Sometimes they favor the miners, and other times knocking on timbers to make them collapse. It was considered very bad luck not to leave cake for them at the end of the day.
Yaphank, NY, is a town where certain plots of land required the owners to be of German descent and hosted many German-American Bund rallies. The property rules existed into the 2000s, when they were finally sued under Fair Housing doctrine.
Tired of teaspoons being stolen from the breakroom, a medical institute conducted a study on the rate of disappearance of the spoons. They concluded that “an estimated 250 teaspoons would need to be purchased annually to maintain a practical institute-wide population of 70 teaspoons”.