Useless Trivia

Discussion in 'Life After Brown' started by tieguy, Nov 15, 2009.

  1. tieguy

    tieguy Banned

    I thought I'd start a new thread strictly for useless trivia. Trivia only . No thread Jacking.:wink2:

    The origin of M&M's

    Forrest Mars, Sr., founder of the Mars Company, got the idea for the confection in the 1930s during the Spanish Civil War when he saw soldiers eating chocolate pellets with a hard shell of tempered chocolate surrounding the inside, preventing the candies from melting. Mars received a patent for his own process on March 3, 1941. Production began in 1941 in a factory located at 285 Badger Avenue in Clinton Hill, Newark, New Jersey. One M was for Forrest E. Mars Sr., and the other M was for Bruce Murrie, son of long-term Hershey president William F.R. Murrie.[2] Murrie had 20 percent interest in the product. The arrangement allowed the candies to be made with Hershey chocolate which had control of the rationed chocolate.[3] When operations were started, the hard-coated chocolates were made in five different colors: brown, yellow, red, green and violet. They were served in a cardboard tube (similar to Smarties).[4][5]
    The practicality of the candies during World War II caused an increase in production and its factory moved to bigger quarters at 200 North 12th Street in Newark, New Jersey where they remained until 1958 when it moved to a bigger factory at Hackettstown, New Jersey. During the War the candies were exclusively sold to the military.[4]
    In 1948 the cardboard packaging was replaced by the black cellophane packaging. In the same year Mars bought out Murrie's 20 percent stake.
    In 1949, tan replaced violet as one of the six shell colors.[5]

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M&M's
     
  2. Monkey Butt

    Monkey Butt You can call me Chappy Staff Member

    No such thing as useless trivia. :wink2:
     
  3. cino321

    cino321 Active Member


    Can you tell me why I'm constantly being dispatched over 9.5? And what's up with the recent push for production?
     
  4. cachsux

    cachsux Wah

    More than 5,000 years ago, the Chinese discovered how to make silk from silkworm cocoons. For about 3,000 years, the Chinese kept this discovery a secret. Because poor people could not afford real silk, they tried to make other cloth look silky. Women would beat on cotton with sticks to soften the fibers. Then they rubbed it against a big stone to make it shiny. The shiny cotton was called "chintz." Because chintz was a cheaper copy of silk, calling something "chintzy" means it is cheap and not of good quality.

    Upon hearing of this,UPS made them their exclusive provider of uniforms.
     
  5. dilligaf

    dilligaf IN VINO VERITAS

    Things you never knew about the penny:

    Since they were introduced in 1787, more than 300 billion pennies have been produced. Today, there are about 150 billion pennies in circulation, enough to circle the earth 137 times.

    Since 1909, Abraham Lincoln has been the star of the penny, but it wasn't always that way. There have been 11 different designs, including the Indian Head penny introduced in 1859.

    The princess on the Indian Head penny was neither an American Indian nor a princess. She was, in fact, the sculptor's daughter, Sarah Longacre.

    On the 200th anniversary of Lincoln's birth, the U.S, Mint will introduce 4 different representations of his life. These will replace the Lincoln Memorial on the penny.

    Examine the faces on a penny, an original Jefferson nickel, a dime and a quarter. All the presidents except Lincoln are facing left. People have long imagined a secret meaning behind this, but Victor David Brenner, the sculptor of the Lincoln penny, explained that he had worked from a photo of Lincoln facing to the right. Simple as that.

    If you have a strong magnifying glass you can see the initials of the scultors who designed the pennies. Since 1959, the initials of Frank Gasparro have been near the shrubbery to the right of the Lincoln Memorial. Pennies dated 1918 to 1959 have the initials VDB (Victor David Brenner) under Lincoln's shoulder.

    Pennies haven't been made of pure copper since 1864. During World War II, the U.S. Mint helped the war effort by recycling: It melted shell casings to make pennies.To conserve further, it considered creating plastic pennies but settled on zinc-covered steel.After the war,the Mint returned to a zinc and copper combination.
     
  6. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

  7. dannyboy

    dannyboy From the promised LAND

    :thumbup1: But only since the 80's. Before that, you could not wear them out.

    On the trivia side, Al, one of the members of our church died last week. He was a chemist by trade.

    One of the patents that was awarded to his company because of his hard work was the scratch and sniff process. You ladies enjoy his invention everytime you get samples of perfume in the mail. Guys enjoy it.......ah.....well you know.

    I only knew him for the last few years. A real inspiration to all around him with his can do spirit, even though there were a lot of things he could no longer really do.

    d
     
  8. dilligaf

    dilligaf IN VINO VERITAS

  9. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    We have long red lights here in Plattsburgh.:wink2:
     
  10. dilligaf

    dilligaf IN VINO VERITAS

    I guess so! LOL:surprised:
     
  11. cachsux

    cachsux Wah

    Lawn darts are illegal in Canada.
     
  12. Funfact

    Funfact Well-Known Member

    John Hancock was the only one of fifty signers of the Declaration of Independence who actually signed it on July 4.

    TYPEWRITER is the longest word that can be made using the letters only on one row of the keyboard

    If Barbie were life-size, her measurements would be 39-23-33. She would stand seven feet, two inches tall.

    There are 336 dimples on a regulation golf ball
     
  13. cachsux

    cachsux Wah

    If Barbie were life-size, her measurements would be 39-23-33. She would stand seven feet, two inches tall.

    The shortest amount of measured time would be for how long for Klein to hit on her.
     
  14. Covemastah

    Covemastah Suspension Ovah !!! Tom is free FU Goodell !!

    If you have cattle,you can still graze them on Boston Common.They never took law off the books.
     
  15. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    Your foot is as long as the distance from your elbow to your wrist.
     
  16. cachsux

    cachsux Wah

    Clans Of Long Ago That Wanted To Get Rid Of Their Unwanted People Without Killing Them Use To Burn Their Houses Down - Hence The Expression "To Get Fired"
     
  17. Your stomach has to produce a new layer of mucus every two weeks, otherwise it will digest itself.

    The dot over the letter 'i' is called a tittle.

    American Airlines saved $40,000 in 1987 by eliminating one olive from each salad served in first class.
     
  18. BLACKBOX

    BLACKBOX Life is a Highway...

    The mask used by Michael Myers in the original movie "Halloween" was actually a Captain Kirk mask painted white.
     
  19. MobileBA

    MobileBA Member

    Carl Ichan was a real genius! Him and his ilk are why America has exported every possible job out of country!
     
  20. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    ...and this pertains to this thread in what way?