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Budweiser, the King of Bohemian Beers

  During the same year that John Heinz started the Heinz 57 ketchup/sauce company Adolphus Busch of Germany developed what would become one of the most popular beer companies in the world.  An area now known as the Czech Republic … Continue reading

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Jackpot!

There are many words in the English language that are used everyday where the origins are a complete mystery.  Most of the time people never stop to wonder where a word came from and just accept its use.  “Jackpot” is … Continue reading

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Coca-Cola: The original energy drink

Originally, the formula for Coca-Cola was derived by John Pemberton in the late 1800’s and was primarily sold and marketed by Asa Candler.  The drink was initially invented as a cure-all type medicine but perhaps due to prohibition became a … Continue reading

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Cops: A police slang term explained

The thing about misinformation is that as long as no one bothers to actually look into the validity of something told to them, the erroneous information simply gets passed on to the next person.  Such is the case with the … Continue reading

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Ham radio: A pig pile of amateurs

As you drive down the road you may notice strange letters and numbers, in no particular sequence, plastered on the back of some car’s back windshields.  Those seemingly nonsensical codes are actually call signs of a ham radio operator.  The … Continue reading

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BMW: The Birth of a German Automaker

It is probably widely known that BMW actually started out in manufacturing as a producer of airplane engines.  The company did indeed begin by manufacturing airplane engines but under the name Rapp Motor Works.  In 1917 the company was restructured … Continue reading

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Dominos Pizza Delivers…a bit of trivia

The official beginning of Domino’s Pizza as it is known today was 1965. Originally, this pizza joint was known as Dominick’s and started out of Ypsilanti, Michigan in 1960. The restaurant was bought for under 1000 dollars by the Monaghan … Continue reading

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Soap operas: As the soap turns…

These ongoing dramas have been ongoing since the 1930’s when radio was the king of media. In those days the typical household was comprised of a husband who worked during the day, children at school and the wife at home. … Continue reading

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Rule of thumb…its about an inch

It is often incorrectly stated that the “rule of thumb” expression dates back to a time in history when a man was allowed by law to beat his wife with a stick no thicker than his thumb. As far as … Continue reading

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Pass the buck…and the responsibility

Oftentimes when one person is tasked with a job or responsibility and doesn’t wish to have this responsibility they would pass it on to someone else. This action of “passing the buck” originates back to the early days of the … Continue reading

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