History for the Rest of Us

Interesting Facts about the Model T

Interesting Facts about the Model T

Oct 1, 2012

Facts about the Model T: Introduced on Oct 1, 1908 Top speed: 45 miles per hour Gas mileage: 13 – 21 miles per gallon Over 15,000,000 Model T’s were sold Model T production formally ended May 26, 1927 Original Price Tag: $850 Subsequent versions sold for as little as $260 Nine different body styles were used on the same chassis In 1914 Ford produced...

Pepsi-Cola Invented

Pepsi-Cola Invented

Aug 28, 2012

On August 28, 1898, Caleb Davis Bradham (a drug store owner in New Bern, North Carolina) invented a recipe which he initially called ‘Brad’s Drink’. The drink was a blend of carbonated water, sugar, kola nut extract, vanilla, and ‘rare oils’. Bradham believed his beverage aided digestion like pepsin enzyme does, and so he...

SNAP!™, CRACKLE!™, AND POP!™

SNAP!™, CRACKLE!™,  AND POP!™

Aug 22, 2012

In 1932, the words Snap, Crackle and Pop began appearing on Kellogg’s Rice Krispies cereal boxes for the first time. The words came from a radio ad that included the lines, “Listen to the fairy song of health, the merry chorus sung by Kellogg’s Rice Krispies as they merrily snap, crackle, and pop in a bowl of milk. If you’ve never heard...

Top 25 Toys in History

Top 25 Toys in History

Aug 7, 2012

The earliest examples of a Yo-yo date back to approximately 500 B.C. The image below shows an example of a young boy playing with a Yo-yo from a Greek vase painting dated approximately 440 B.C. The idea for a Yo-yo was patented in the United States in 1866. In 1932, the name ‘Yo-yo’ was first trademarked, and Donald Duncan purchased the Flores Yo-yo...

SPAM

SPAM

Jul 5, 2012

On July 5, 1937 SPAM was first introduced. It’s name is derived from the words Spiced Ham, the idea of Ken Daigneau who won a contest (and $100) for coming up with the winning name. Since its introduction in 1937, SPAM has sold over SEVEN BILLION cans. During World War II, over 100 million pounds of SPAM were shipped to allied troops. Pop Culture Icon Ten...

Sony Walkman

Sony Walkman

Jul 2, 2012

In February 1972, Andreas Pavel would test a device he invented, which he called stereobelt. It was on a snowy day in the mountains of Switzerland where he pushed ‘play’ and his portable audio device began to play the cassette ‘Push Push’. He realized that he ‘now had the means to multiply the aesthetic of any situation’....