In 1834, the Canadian city of York changed its name to Toronto. Shortly afterward, their baseball team also changed its name from the Peppermint Patties to the Blue Jays. We were this close to the York Raptors.
On this date in 1836, the Alamo fell in Texas. Where was a government bailout when you really needed one?
Oreo Cookies were first sold on this day in 1912. Do you know that we could take 12 trips to the moon if all the Oreos ever baked could be stacked.
Psychologists have discovered that the manner in which people eat Oreo cookies provides great insight into their personalities. Choose which method best describes your favorite method of eating Oreos:
- The whole thing all at once.
- One bite at a time.
- Slow and methodical nibbles examining the results of each bite afterward.
- In little feverous nibbles.
- Dunked in some liquid (milk, coffee, etc.).
- Twisted apart, the inside, then the cookie.
- Twisted apart, the inside, and toss the cookie.
- Just the cookie, not the inside.
- I just like to lick them, not eat them.
- I don't have a favorite way because I don't like Oreo.
On this date in 1930, Clarence Birdseye perfected his quick-freezing technique and frozen foods were invented. I remember hearing, at his funeral, everyone sang, 'Freeze a jolly good fellow, freeze a jolly good fellow... "
In 1950, Silly Putty was invented. It was a great moment.
Silly Putty was invented. At first, no one took it seriously. Then again, no one does now.
Back when it was popular, people would press it onto newspaper and copy the color comics. Now it's about as popular as newspapers.
The inventor said, "What do we do with this stuff?" and his assistant replied, "I don't know. Stick it in an egg!" And the rest is history.
So, where would we be today without Silly Putty? Pretty much right where we are.
It quickly became very popular and a replacement for mildly humorous putty.
On this date in 1965, the very first non-stop helicopter crossing of North America is made by J.R. Willford. His words as he ran off the helicopter -- "I'm never flying without a restroom again!"