Random Facts About The World of Art and Literature

  • A cottage in Queens near LaGuardia Airport in New York City’s oldest house. The Rikers family built in 1654. They were the same family that gave Rikers Island its name. It even has a family cemetery in the backyard.
  • The first American car race in 1895 for 7 mph is the top speed.
  • Ralph Bunche who won in 1950 for his meditation work in Israel is the first African-American to win the Nobel Peace Prize. He was also part of the formation of the United Nations.
  • In 1845, the year barbed wire was invented and was largely responsible for putting cowboys out of business. This invention resulted in providing low-priced and easy fencing.
  • Wabash, Indiana, in 1880 was the first U.S. town to be completely lit by electric streetlights. At the time, the town had a population of 320.
  • During the three largest ship sinkings in history: the Titanic, the Britannic, and the Olympic, an ocean liner stewardess Violet Jessop was on board.
  • In a letter to Winston Churchill in the year 1917, the first written occasion of “OMG” that we know of.
  • Back in the early 1990s, the country Great Britain momentarily had a Cones Hotline. If citizens saw traffic cones on the road for no reason at all, it was a special number they could call. Because almost no one ever called this hotline, it was disbanded after three years.
  • A man from New Jersey flunked out of law school. He eventually sued the school for having accepted him in the first place.
  • The inventor of the Segway — Dean Kamen owns an island off the coast of Connecticut called North Dumpling Island. A constitution, flag, currency, and even navy although the navy is made up of just one single boat, the island has its own. A replica of Stonehenge can also be found on the island. Although the island is not technically recognized as separate from the U.S., Kamen points out that he is Lord Dumpling himself.
  • So that its guests could clandestinely enter and exit New York City, the Waldorf Astoria hotel once had its own private railroad track at Grand Central. It operates only when the president is in town, in case the need arises for an emergency exit which is now largely neglected.
  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer written by Mark Twain was generally agreed as the first ever book that was written on a typewriter.

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