Quicksand doesn’t work by pulling you down. Quicksand is nearly always found above a spring, which creates a supersaturated condition that makes the sand frictionless and unable to support weight. In addition, quicksand is airless, which creates suction as you struggle to get free. The most effective way to escape quicksand is to position yourself […]
As of 1990, 53 percent of Americans drink fluoridated water. Of these, 121 million drink artificially fluoridated water; 9 million drink water from naturally fluoridated sources.
It was the 1927 movie It, directed by Clarence Badger and Josef von Sternberg. Clara Bow’s character was named Betty Lou.
Peggy Noonan created the phrase “a thousand points of light”, in a speech she wrote for presidential nominee George Bush at the 1988 Republican Convention.
The opening words of the Declaration of Independence are as follows: When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature […]
In November 1908, the Superior Hotel in Iron Mountain, Montana, became the first hotel to have Bibles placed in all its rooms by the Gideons. The Gideons were an organization for Christian business travelers founded in 1899 by Samuel Eugene Hill. By 1975, the Gideons had placed more than 10 million Bibles in hotels, hospitals, […]
Sweatshops were referred to as such not because the workers sweat a lot. In the 1840s in England, the word sweating meant the exaction of tedious work at low wages. The term sweatshop, a place where workers were “sweated”, was coined in the United States in 1867. Originally referring only to the garment industry, it […]
Marilyn Monroe was working on Something’s Got to Give (1962) when she died.
Yarn was produced at the first American factory. It was produced at Samuel Slater’s Mill, founded in Providence, Rhode Island, in 1790. Workers at the spinning machines lived in company housing and worked for wages paid in credit at the company store. Cloth itself was not produced at the mill: The yarn was woven into […]
The name of director Howard Hawks’s musical remake of his own film Ball of Fire (1941) was A Song Is Born (1948). Who played the leads in each film? Ball of Fire, Gary Cooper and Barbara Stanwyck; A Song Is Born, Danny Kaye and Virginia Mayo.