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Why the Toilet is Commonly Known as “The Crapper”

Why the Toilet is Commonly Known as “The Crapper”

Daven Hiskey May 15, 2011 4

Today I found out why the toilet is also often called “The Crapper”. It all started with U.S. soldiers stationed in England during WWI.  The toilets in England at the time were predominately made

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‘Uncle Sam’ was a Real Person

‘Uncle Sam’ was a Real Person

Daven Hiskey April 11, 2011 8

Today I found out that ‘Uncle Sam’ was a real person- Samuel Wilson, born September 13th, 1766 and died on July 31st, 1854. In 1789, Wilson and his brother Ebeneezer moved to Troy New

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Chef Boyardee Was a Real Person

Chef Boyardee Was a Real Person

Daven Hiskey March 11, 2011 9

Today I found out Chef Boyardee was a real person. Ettore Boiardi was an Italian-American immigrant born in 1897.  He worked as a cook at his first restaurant at the tender age of 10

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Where the Word “Lego” Comes From

Where the Word “Lego” Comes From

Daven Hiskey October 13, 2010 1

Today I found out where the word “lego” comes from. In 1934, Danish carpenter Ol Kirk Kristiansen, the founder of what we now know of as Lego®, asked his staff to come up with

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UPS Was Founded By Two Teenagers With One Bicycle and $100 Borrowed from a Friend

UPS Was Founded By Two Teenagers With One Bicycle and $100 Borrowed from a Friend

Daven Hiskey June 29, 2010 32

Today I found out UPS was started by two teenagers with one bicycle and $100 borrowed from a friend. The date was August 28, 1907 and the two kids were 18 year old Claude

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Where the Dollar Sign Comes From

Where the Dollar Sign Comes From

Daven Hiskey June 9, 2010 29

Today I found out where the dollar sign ($) comes from. This symbol first showed up in the 1770s, appearing in documents of English-Americans who had business dealings with Spanish-Americans.  However, it wasn’t until

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Why Zippers Have YKK On Them

Why Zippers Have YKK On Them

Daven Hiskey January 5, 2010 74

Today I found out why zippers have a YKK on them. The YKK stands for Yoshida Kogyo Kabushikikaisha (say that five times fast).  In 1934 Tadao Yoshida founded Yoshida Kogyo Kabushikikaisha (translated Yoshida Industries

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