Did You Know « 02/22/2011


That Lemon wood is carved into chess pieces. « Over a century ago Chess pieces, traditionally were made of boxwood. When carved and polished the product was rich and close-grained, a delight to the eye and sensuous to the hand. The Queen in Tenniel’s illustration of Lewis Carroll’s “Alice” is a Staunton piece.
Orange or lemon wood is substituted for boxwood and soon the truth of the old saying is proved once more: “Nobody has yet made anything that some one else cannot make cheaper and poorer.”
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The first country to use postcards was Austria Source

Pearls dissolve in vinegar.« A pearl is mostly calcium carbonate, which is susceptible to even a weak acid solution. The crystals of calcium carbonate are converted by acetic acid (vinegar) into calcium, which dissolves in the residual water, and carbonate that effervesces as bubbles of carbon dioxide, the formula for which is CaCO3 + CH3COOH –> Ca + H2O + CO2.
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A queen bee can lay 800 – 1500 eggs per day « Source


The first jukebox was located in San Francisco in 1899 « On November 23 1899 the world’s first jukebox went public at the Palais Royal Hotel in San Francisco.
In it’s first 6 month it earned about $1000.00. That’s a lot of nickels. Source

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