Adapted from Eureka Herald Weekly newspaper, Eureka, Kansas
Q. What occurs more often in December than any other month?
Q. Half of all Americans live within 50 miles of what?
A. Their birthplace
Q. Most boat owners name their boats. What is the most popular boat name requested?
Q. If you were to spell out numbers, how far must you go before finding the letter “A”?
Q. What do fire escapes, Kevlar, windshield wipers, dishwashers and coffee filters all have in common?
A. Invented by women
In 1784, Daniel Maseres of England invented a machine called a fire escape that was fastened to the window and would enable anyone to descend to the street without injury. The first credited person in the U.S. to patent a fire escape was Anna Connelly of Philadelphia in 1887
Stephanie Louise Kwolek was an American chemist who is known for inventing Kevlar. She was of Polish heritage and her career at the DuPont company spanned more than 40 years. She discovered the first of a family of synthetic fibers of exceptional strength and stiffness: poly-paraphenylene terephthalamide.
Alabama Woman Stuck in NYC Traffic In 1902 Invented the Windshield Wiper
Mary Anderson, Greene County, Alabama
Josephine Cochrane, Shelbyville, Illinois
December 28, 1886 invented the Dishwasher to prevent breakage and get them cleaned quicker than her maids could accomplish
Amalie Auguste Melitta Bentz, born Amalie Auguste Melitta Liebscher, was a German entrepreneur who invented the paper coffee filter brewing system in 1908. She founded the namesake company Melitta, which still operates under family control. Melitta Bentz
Q. What is the only food that won’t spoil?
Q. There are more collect calls on this day than any other day of the year. What is that day?
A. Fathers’ Day
Q. What trivia fact about Mel Blanc (voice of Bugs Bunny) is the most ironic?
A. He was allergic to carrots
Q. What is an activity performed by 40% of all people at a party?
A. Snoop in you medicine cabinet
In Shakespeare’s time, mattresses were secured on bed frames by ropes. When you pulled on the ropes the mattress tightened, making the bed firmer to sleep on. Hence the phrase, “goodnight, sleep tight.”
It was the accepted practice in Babylon 4000 years ago that for a month after the wedding, the bride’s father would supply his son-in-law with all the mead he could drink. Mead is a honey beer and because their calendar was lunar based, this period was called the honey month we know today as the honeymoon.
In English pubs, ale is ordered by pints and quarts. So in old England, when customers got unruly, the bartender would yell at them…mind your own pints and quarts and settle down. It’s where we get the “mind your P’s and Q’s.”