ON THIS DAY
Imagine having beer all those years and no way to open the bottles.
Seems like civilization waited around a long time to finally figure out a way to open bottles.
Up until that time, most preferred their beer in cans.
You wonder how they got bottles open before then? And why it took the inventor so long?
In 1770, Joseph Priestley discovered that a piece of rubber could erase lead made from pencils. He coined the word "eraser" because "mistake un-doer" was a bit awkward. Some think the eraser was invented to correct mistakes made when writing with a pencil or changing your mind while filling out your tax forms.
On this date in 1878, Harley Procter developed Ivory Soap.
Finally, people could get their ivory clean.
I've always said, if they had just made the Titanic out of Ivory Soap, all those people could have been saved. Ivory Soap floats, you know.
Why elephants needed their own soap to wash their tusks is beyond me!
On this date in 1938, the Walt Disney cartoon characters Huey, Dewey and Louie first appeared in "Donald's Nephews." It was great for Donald -- finally, someone who could understand what he was saying!