Brain's Junk Box

An ode to generalists: A celebration of the adage "learn something new every day."

Permalink Scottish engineer James Watt coined the term horsepower to describe the efficacy of his engines.
Permalink In 1901, Annie Taylor became the first person to “conquer” Niagara Falls in a barrel. 
Permalink The first U.S. city to mandate recycling was Woodbury, N.J.
Permalink The ICEE was born when a Kansas Dairy Queen owner left his sodas in the freezer too long.
Permalink A hungover Wall Street worker invented Eggs Benedict.
Permalink Former Kansas Territory Governor James Denver is the namesake of Denver, Colo.
Permalink The Book of the Month Club was founded in 1926.
Permalink The horse has one of the largest eyes of all land mammals. 
Permalink The U.S. Central Intelligence Agency printed a Russian-language edition of Doctor Zhivago in 1959 in effort to “undermine the Soviet Union.”
Permalink Upton Sinclair is often credited with coining the term “white collar,” which became associated with office clerks and other “professionals.”