Friday, March 20, 2020


The GUILLOTINE was a popular children's toy in France...

Novelty guillotines also made its way on some of the dinner tables of the upper class who used them as bread and vegetable slicers.


Friday, May 10, 2019

CANADIAN FACTS #9 - The Only Town in the World with Two Exclamation Marks in its Name...

The town of Saint-Louis-du-Ha!-Ha!, located on the south shore of the St. Lawrence River, about 250 kilometres northeast of Quebec City, has the unique distinction of being the only community in the world with two exclamation marks in its name.


Saturday, October 13, 2018

CANADIAN FACTS #8 - The City of KITCHENER, Originally Called BERLIN, Changed its Name in 1916 due to...

The city of Kitchener, Ontario voted in May 1916 to change the name of the city from its original name, Berlin. Through the latter half of the 19th century and into the first decade of the 20th, the city of Berlin, Ontario, Canada, was a bustling industrial centre celebrating its German heritage. However, when World War I started, that heritage became the focus of considerable enmity from non-German residents within the city and throughout Waterloo County. The First World War created conflict among the citizens of Waterloo County. Not only were residents divided by ethnicity – German and British – but longstanding civic rivalries between Berlin (now Kitchener) and Galt (now Cambridge) increased the tension. The vote passed by only a slim margin.

By late June, the final shortlist of new names were: Adanac, Brock, Benton, Corona, Keowana and Kitchener. Kitchener was a late addition to the shortlist of possible names, as it was added shortly after the death of Horatio Herbert Kitchener, a prominent figure in the British Empire's war effort, who had died June 5, 1916.

While more than 15,000 people lived in the city at the time, 346 people voted for the name "Kitchener" on June 28, 1916, from approximately 5,000 eligible voters. The city was officially renamed "Kitchener" on September 1, 1916.

Source(s): wikipedia

Wednesday, February 21, 2018


Around 200 cats roam the grounds of Disneyland...



J.K. Rowling became the first author to make it to the Forbes' billionaire list...


Thursday, January 25, 2018


Cows are deadlier than sharks...


Monday, November 13, 2017


Around 1560, an Italian couple named Simonio and Lyndiana Bernacotti made what are likely the first blueprints for the modern, wood-encased carpentry pencil. Their version was a flat, oval, more compact type of pencil. Their concept involved the hollowing out of a stick of juniper wood. Shortly thereafter, a superior technique was discovered: two wooden halves were carved, a graphite stick inserted, and the halves then glued together—essentially the same method in use to this day.

Here are a few more interesting things about PENCILS!...

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Opening paragraph source: wikipedia

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