Where is the origin of the Panama hat?
Panama hats do not, in fact, come from Panama. Shocking, I know. They are, and always have been, woven in Ecuador. However, they only gained worldwide popularity when they were exported to Panama. Gold Rush travelers on their way to the mines in California picked up the delicately woven hats as they passed through Panama, and the misleading name was born.
Have you ever crashed a wedding or had your wedding crashed, if so what happened?
When I was little, my cousins were all going to be in a wedding for someone on the other side of the family. My mom and I were not technically invited, but she wanted to see everybody all dressed up, so she put me in a velvet dress with a matching scrunchie and we snuck in. I didn't really know what was going on, but I was just happy to be along for the ride. I didn't realize we weren't invited to that wedding until about 15 years later.
How many times did Joe Biden run for president?
Joe Biden is currently on his third presidential run. His first attempt to make it to the White House started in 1987, but he dropped out after a few months. He decided to try again 20 years later, but of course, he ended up Barack Obama's running mate in 2008 and subsequently served two terms as Vice President. That takes us to this year, 2020, where he's the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee.
Although Biden considered running in 1980, 1984, and 2004, he did not actually launch a campaign in any of those years.
What is the world’s oldest soft drink?
First, it's interesting to note that soft drinks don't necessarily have to be carbonated—technically, they're any flavored non-alcoholic beverage. An alcoholic beverage is hard, whereas a non-alcoholic beverage is soft.
Although the makers of Schweppes tonic water, which was invented in 1783, claim their product is the world's first soft drink, soft drink history actually goes back even further. In the 1600s, a type of lemonade (water flavored with lemon and honey) became popular in Paris, and carbonated beverages followed soon after. Europeans of that time period thought drinking spring water was beneficial to one's health, and they were trying to make fizzy drinks to mimic it.
How many novels did Charles Dickens write?
Charles Dickens, prolific Victorian author, wrote 14 complete novels in his lifetime and left behind one unfinished one. He was more than a novelist, though—he also wrote novellas (A Christmas Carol is one of them), short stories, poetry, and nonfiction.
Dickens published all of these novels serially, meaning a few chapters at a time would come out regularly, typically once a week or once a month. He was paid per installment, but not per word, as some erroneously believe.
What do the colors on America's flag mean?
Red represents hardiness and valor. White represents purity and innocence. Blue represents vigilance, perseverance, and justice
How did Harry Houdini come up with his stage name?
Harry Houdini was born Erik Weisz, but that name wasn't going to cut it for his magical ambitions. The origin of "Harry" was simple—he'd gone by "Ehrie" as a kid, so he just Americanized the old nickname. "Houdini" was an homage to one of the pioneers of modern magic, Jean Eugene Robert-Houdin. Robert-Houdin was a clockmaker who opened his own magic theatre in 1845. He's widely credited with being the first to perform in evening attire instead of fantastical robes, thus making magic a little more mainstream.
Oddly enough, Houdini turned on his magical namesake later in life, writing a book called The Unmasking of Robert-Houdin in which he criticized Robert-Houdin for stealing other magicians' tricks.
What is modal fabric?
Soft, breathable, and stretchy, modal is a popular fabric choice for activewear, underwear, and pajamas. Modal is a type of rayon made from beech trees. It's a somewhat high-end fabric, as it’s smoother and more durable than regular rayon with limited wrinkling.
Plus, it's fairly eco-friendly. Since beech trees need far less water than cotton to grow, modal is pretty sustainable to make, and on top of that, it's even biodegradable.
What were George Washington's false teeth made from?
Washington wore many partial and full dentures over the course of his life, but contrary to popular belief, none were made out of wood. Instead, they were made from ivory, lead-tin alloy, copper alloy, silver alloy, real human teeth, and probably cow and horse teeth, too.
Dentures made of wood weren't common in his time, and although his false teeth were very uncomfortable, they were also fairly advanced for the late 18th century. The wooden teeth myth probably stems from the fact that as the ivory dentures were used and stained, they developed a grainy look, possibly being mistaken for wood.
Unfortunately, the real human teeth he used were likely purchased from slaves, and they didn’t really have the option to refuse the purchase.
Who was Yale University named after?
Yale University was originally called the Collegiate School when it was founded in 1701. It was renamed in honor of Elihu Yale in 1718. Yale had made a fortune with the East India Company and later the diamond trade, and he made some sizable donations to the school—books, a portrait of King George I, and some expensive textiles—and the school returned the favor by adopting his name, becoming Yale College. Yale was born in Massachusetts, but he left for England when he was three years old and never came back, so he never even visited the school that ended up bearing his name.
What determines whether you are left or right handed?
Scientists aren't entirely sure, although they're pretty positive it's genetic. For a long time, a prevailing theory was that handedness is determined by gene expression in the left or right hemisphere of the brain. However, newer research suggests that even before the motor cortex is developed, an early asymmetry in the spinal cord is actually what determines right or left handedness.
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What is the longest plate appearance in MLB history?
That honor goes to Brandon Belt’s first-inning at-bat against the Los Angeles Angels on April 22, 2018. The Giants’ first baseman saw 10 pitches by the time the count ran full, fouling off six and whiffing on another...then fouled off 10 more before finally flying out to right. In total, Jaime Barria (the unfortunate starting pitcher that day) threw Belt 21 pitches.
That said, pitches per plate appearance only started getting counted in 1988. Major League Baseball has been around for over a century, and it’s possible that another plucky batter hung in for more than 21 pitches before ‘88. The late Luke Appling, for instance, claimed to have had at least a 28 pitch plate appearance in 1940, but the Washington Post looked into it, and it looks like that’s a tall tale. Belt’s at-bat is the most verifiable marathon we’ve got.
Oh, and if you have 12 minutes and 45 seconds, here’s Belt’s at-bat. It’s wild.
What is the official name of the Statue of Liberty?
The statue's official name is "Liberty Enlightening the World." She was modeled after the Roman goddess of liberty, hence the "liberty" part, and her torch represents the act of enlightening the world.
The statue was a joint project between the U.S. and the French—America handled the pedestal, and France designed the statue. It was supposed to be a gift for the centennial anniversary of America's independence in 1876, but it wasn't dedicated until October 28, 1886, due to numerous fundraising delays on both sides of the Atlantic.
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How are people chosen to be featured on U.S. currency?
Paper currency is largely left up to the Secretary of the Treasury. When the bills were standardized in 1929, the Treasury appointed a committee to decide on the portraits. The committee chose U.S. presidents and statesmen because they were more recognizable to the public, and they've been pretty much left alone ever since.
In 2016, the Treasury announced several design changes, including replacing Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill with Harriet Tubman. Other changes included portraying Martin Luther King Jr. and women's rights activists Sojourner Truth and Susan B. Anthony, among others. Recently, however, current Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said those changes wouldn't come to fruition until 2030, if at all.
Are empaths real?
Except for people with certain personality disorders, everyone can feel empathy. Those who claim to be empaths, however, take it to another level entirely. They say they can literally feel what is going on in someone else's body in their own.
It's a pretty extraordinary claim, and as such, it hasn't been conclusively proven, though there are studies that show some people are naturally more empathetic than others. For example, there's a phenomenon called mirror-touch synaesthesia in which someone who sees a person being touched feels that touch on their own skin.
On the whole, though, the levels of empathy empaths purport to possess aren't fully proven.
What are the signs of a toxic relationship?
First, know that a toxic relationship can be any kind of relationship, not just one between romantic partners. And the "toxic" label can be applied to a wide variety of bad relationships—emotionally or physically abusive relationships are just one extreme.
The biggest sign that you're in a toxic relationship is that you're unhappy. If you don't enjoy spending time with this person and instead feel anxious, sad, or just generally bad when you're with them, it's time to take a hard look at the relationship and figure out what's wrong. Sometimes you can work through what's making it toxic, and other times, you just have to walk away.
Some specific behaviors that might indicate the person is toxic for you:
- Excessive negativity
- Control (subtle or overt)
- Passive aggression
- Not taking ownership
- Constantly undermining you
- Making you feel like you can't voice concerns
Why doesn't the summer solstice have the earliest sunrise or latest sunset of the year?
It's due to the complicated discrepancy between our silly human clocks and the actual length of days. When measured from one solar noon—the time that the sun reaches its highest point in the sky—to the next, days around the solstices are actually about 15 seconds longer than 24 hours. But that means solar noon rarely lines up with noon on your watch, which in turn pushes the sunrise and sunset times around on the clock.
So, even though there is more daylight on the summer solstice than any other day of the year, the earliest sunrise comes before the summer solstice, and the latest sunset comes after.
What is Juneteenth?
Juneteenth is a special day in history. President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863, but it did not reach the slaves in states that were part of the Confederacy until much later. The Emancipation Proclamation finally reached Texas on June 19, 1865. Because of this, we celebrate Juneteenth. Juneteenth is mostly celebrated in Texas and surrounding states.
How long will food last in the refrigerator without power?
The food will stay cold for about four hours if you don't open the door, according to U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Freezers can keep their contents frozen a little longer—full freezers will be okay for about 48 hours, and half-full freezers are good for 24 hours.
If the power is going to be out longer than that, dry or block ice can keep your food cold until the electricity comes back on. You can make your own ice during winter power outages by filling containers with water and leaving them outside, but don't put your food out in the snow to keep it cold—that's asking for trouble from your local wildlife.
Is heavy cream the same as whipping cream?
No; heavy cream has a higher fat content. Granted, it is a pretty subtle difference (at least 36 percent fat in heavy cream and at least 30 percent in whipping cream), but it's important if you're making something that's going to keep its shape—the higher fat content in heavy cream makes it more suitable for those jobs. That extra fat also makes it more resistant to curdling in sauces.
And if you're wondering where heavy whipping cream fits into all this, don't worry, it's just the same as heavy cream.
Is it better to wash your hands in warm or cold water?
Heat is known to kill bacteria, but the temperature and duration of exposure required would seriously damage human skin, so that argument for warm water is a bust. Additionally, some advocate for washing in cool water because it uses less energy and is therefore more environmentally friendly.
Anyway, no matter the temperature, washing your hands thoroughly with soap for 20 seconds is good practice.