Some common facts and their back stories

Did you know?

Friday was Cinco de Mayo, the fifth of May. Most of you did know that it is NOT Mexican Independence Day, but it is the day the Mexican army defeated the Emperor Maximillian’s army at a small town called Puebla in Mexico.

Did you also know this?

Sea Otters hold hands when they sleep so they don’t drift apart.

Between the years 1900 and 1920, Tug of War was an Olympic event.

The Code of Hammurabi decreed that bartenders who watered down beer would be executed.

Google was originally named BackRub.

Elmo is the only non-human to testify before Congress.

George Washington insisted his continental army be permitted a quart of beer as part of their daily rations. Good move.

The most shoplifted food item in the U.S. is candy. In Europe, it is cheese.

Some cats are allergic to humans.

The Pledge of Allegiance was written as part of a plan to sell flags to schools.



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