Sausages have been commonly referred to as “dogs” since the 1800s due to a belief that sausage makers used dog meat in their sausages. Consumption of dog meat was common in Germany up to the early 1900s so these suspicion was “occasionally justified”.
During WWII, the US government recalled all paper currency circulating in Hawaii and replaced it with notes stamped with “HAWAII”. In the event of a Japanese invasion of Hawaii, all currency captured would be easily identifiable and would be rendered worthless.
In Ireland there is a popular tradition known as The 12 pubs of Christmas. You must go to 12 different pubs in one night, having one drink (most commonly a pint of beer) in each Pub. Participants usually have 12 rules to follow, e.g “No sitting in pub 3”, “No using the bathroom in pub 7” etc.
Due to error in communication, the state of Missouri assumed that a man Michael Anderson was in prison, serving his 13-year sentence for armed robbery. They only realised that they had forgotten to take him to jail when they were preparing for him to be released.
In the 1950s a scientist used a mirror to focus the enery from a nuclear explosion to light his cigarette.
At the end of high school, Donald Glover, aka Childish Gambino, was voted “Most Likely to Write for The Simpsons.” Then at the age of 23, Glover was hired by Tina Fey to write for 30 Rock after he submitted a spec script (a non-commissioned unsolicited screenplay) about The Simpsons.
A puppy of Soviet space dog Strelka, the first animal to safely return from orbit, was given to president Kennedy by Khrushchev. The puppy grew up and became the mate of JFK’s dog Charlie. The cold war couple went on to have 4 pups themselves, dubbed the “Pupniks”.
Claude Davis of Melbourne, Florida obtained a patent for this curious device in 2000.
The gadget attached to bathroom doors. Whenever someone turned the handle to open the door, the gadget would spray their hand with dye. This, reasoned Davis, would encourage people to wash their hands, to remove the dye. He imagined his invention might be useful in restaurants and hospitals that have “statutory type hygiene requirements to have their staff and employees clean their hands after using restroom facilities.”
When Tom Hanks was touring the White House, he learned that the press corps didn’t have a coffee pot so he donated one then, and again in ’10 and ’17. “Keep up the good fight for Truth, Justice, and the American Way. Especially for the truth part” is the message that accompanied the ’17 machine.
In 1859, a guy released 24 rabbits for hunting into the wild in Australia, a country which had no native rabbit population then. By 1920, their population increased to 10 billion. This is the fastest spread ever recorded of any mammal.
In 1923 Illinois officially passed legislation replacing English with ‘American’ as their official language, making it the only state in the Union where people legally ‘speak American’.
Isaac Newton described lockdown as one of the most productive times in his life, during which he developed theories on optics, calculus, the laws of motion and gravity.