20140417

Wardrobe Malfunction

In 1950, talk show host Faye Emerson became the first woman in history to have a "wardrobe malfunction" on national television.

To the dismay of censors everywhere, Ms. Emerson popped out of her dress.





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20140416

The Jaws of Life

The Jaws of Life were invented by George Hurst, who was a mechanical engineer and auto racing enthusiast. 

He conceived the idea after witnessing an accident at the Indy 500 where the driver died because he couldn't be extracted from his car in time.

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20140415

When in Russia...

If you finish a bottle of vodka, the empty bottle should always be placed on the ground.

Russians believe that placing an empty bottle back on the table causes bad luck.






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20140414

If you’re a nervous flier, book a morning flight

The heating of the ground later causes bumpier air, and it’s much more likely to thunderstorm in the afternoon.






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Code Talkers

During World War II, Navajo Indians were inducted into the Marine Corps to become "code talkers" on the front lines. Navajo Code Talkers proved to have the only code that was never cracked during World War II.





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20140412

Paper

When Union soldiers cut off supply deliveries to the Confederacy during the Civil War, the South was not able to get paper from Northern paper mills. So, Confederate papers were printed on the back of wallpaper peeled off of parlor walls.




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20140406

Braces

Braces go all the way back to ancient Egypt. In fact, archaeologists have found several mummies with crude metal bands wrapped around their teeth.




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20140404

Automobile Taillights

Not only are all automobile taillights in the U.S. red, they're a specific shade of red (with a specific color wavelength and intensity) mandated by the federal government.





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20140403

The first Ferris wheel

The first Ferris wheel was built by a man named George Ferris in 1893 for the Chicago World's Fair, also known as the Columbian Exposition. It was intended to upstage the Eiffel Tower (the main attraction from the 1889 Paris Exhibition). The original Ferris Wheel was 264 feet tall and carried 2,160 people in 36 cars.


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20140402

Captain Kirk

William Shatner (Captain Kirk from Stak Trek) could never spread his fingers for the Vulcan greeting unless the studio crew taped or tied fishing line around his fingers.





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