During the sinking of the Titanic, a drunken baker helped load women and children into the lifeboats, refused a seat for himself, threw deck chairs overboard for passengers to use as flotation devices, and somehow survived hours swimming in the freezing water until he was rescued at dawn. nationalpost.com/news/can…
Although he was a fictional character, the actual address of 221b Baker Street, London England has been turned into the Sherlock Holmes museum sherlock-holmes.co.uk/
A "Baker's Dozen" is a result of a 13th century English law saying that selling a dozen units that failed to meet a certain average weight could result in a fine. Bakers got around the law by selling by the "13" instead. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doz…
Coretta Scott King asked performer Josephine Baker if she would take her husband's place as leader of the Civil Rights movement, but Baker declined. She was also a WWII spy and had a pet cheetah with a diamond collar that ran amok during her performances. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jos…
Today I learned about food scientist Robert Baker who invented the chicken nugget in a laboratory at Cornell University in the early 1960s. He successfully created a "chicken stick" that would retain form when freezing or frying. Instead of patenting the invention, he sent the recipe to hundreds of companies. carolinanewsandreporter.c…
Baker's yeast, used in making bread, is a single-cell microorganism found on and around the human body en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bak…
The Ciabatta was created in 1982 by a baker in Verona, Veneto, Italy, in response to the popularity of French baguettes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cia…
Paris holds an annual contest to find the city’s best baguette. Around 200 bakers each submit two baguettes (must be eligible) to be graded on quality, look, smell, taste, and crunch. The winner wins €4000 and a contract to supply the French president fresh baguettes every day for 1 year. bbc.com/travel/story/2019…
Famed dancer Josephine Baker was a spy during WW2 and had a pet cheetah. mentalfloss.com/article/2…
The chicken nugget was invented in the 1950s by Robert C. Baker, a food science professor at Cornell University, and published as unpatented academic work. Dr. Baker's innovations made it possible to form chicken nuggets in any shape. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi…
Vernon J Baker was awarded the Medal of Honor for extraordinary heroism in action near Viareggio, Italy, The federal government later acknowledged racism was the reason he wasn't awarded the medal until 50 years later. wikipedia.org/wiki/Vernon…
German chocolate cake has nothing to do with Germany. It was invented in 1852 by American baker Samual German and was originally called "German's" chocolate cake. After the recipe became widely popular in the 1950s, it quickly lost the possessive form and became known simply as "German." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ger…
YouTuber Bart Baker ran for president in 2016 and announced his campaign by putting up a billboard in Times Square of himself riding a hoverboard with a suit top and boxer shorts with the American flag on them. digitaljournal.com/a-and-…
A bakers dozen is comprised of 13 because in medieval England there were laws that related the price of bread to the price of the wheat used to make it. Bakers caught cheating customers by overpricing undersized loaves were punished. For fear of coming up short, they would throw in extra. mentalfloss.com/article/3…
R2D2 was controlled by a man inside its body; Kenneth George Baker was an English actor and musician. He portrayed the character R2-D2 in the Star Wars franchise and also appeared in The Elephant Man, Time Bandits, Willow, Flash Gordon, Amadeus and Labyrinth. syfy.com/syfywire/star-wa…
Today I learned of the tomb of Marcus Vergilius Eurysaces. Eurysaces, a baker, who lived in Rome during the 1st century BC built himself a 33-feet tall tomb, sporting intricate designs and extravagant engravings. Eurysaces, though having died a wealthy man had come to Rome as a slave. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom…
Today I learned about Stank Baker, a man who had been booked to fly on the 1931 Avro Ten Southern Cloud disappearance only to cancel his flight and travel by train instead which saved his life. Because of this, he gained a fear of flying which became justified when he was killed by another flight 19 years later en.wikipedia.org/wiki/193…
While a Danish is the name famously used to refer to the sweet pastry, they're actually called WienerbrΓΈd (Viennese bread) locally because of the Austrian bakers that introduced them to Denmark in the 19th century. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan…
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, author of the Sherlock Holmes novels, was a first-class cricketer. He played 10 games for the MCC between 1900 and 1907, achieving a high score of 43 and taking one wicket. Also, the address 221B Baker street, is just down the road from Cricket's heaven, The Lord's. indiatoday.in/sports/stor…
The song "Black Betty" (made popular by Ram Jam) was recorded for the first time in 1933 by two US musicologists in a texas prison, with the first recorded version preformed by a prisoner called James "iron head" Baker. Original recording in the comments. en.wikipedia.org/w/index.…
Croissant is actually from Austria and was created as a celebration of viennese bakers who screwed ottomans' siege in the 17th century, and that's why it's crescent moon-shaped smithsonianmag.com/arts-c…
Today I learned of Kathleen Mary Drew-Baker, a British phycologist, whose research on the lifecycle of an edible seaweed saved and revolutionized Japanese production of nori, the principal seaweed used in sushi si.edu/object/siris_arc_3…
Today I learned of Francis Noel Baker. the only man to win both an Olympic medal and a Nobel prize. he won a silver in the 1500m in the 1920 Olympics and the Nobel peace prize in 1959. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phi…
During one of the Graham Bond Organization concerts drummer Ginger Baker attacked his bandmate, bassist Jack Bruce, with a knife. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gin…
Ho Chi Minh, Communist Leader of Vietnam, claimed to have worked as a baker in Boston's Omni Parker House hotel in 1912 and that John Wilkes Booth stayed in that same hotel eight days before assassinating President Lincoln. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Omn…
Manufacturer Martin-Baker provides a tie, patch, certificate, and membership in the "Ejection Tie Club" after the successful use of their ejection seats. The club currently has over 6000 members. martin-baker.com/ejection…
The San Francisco 49ers' mascot is named Sourdough Sam, after the French bakers that brought the iconic sourdough bread to the Bay Area during the gold rush. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sou…
One of the most powerful unions in New York City in the 1960's was the Bagel Bakers Local 338. They made far more money than engineers, policemen, and teachers at the time. If they went on strike, bagels simply weren't available since the process hadn't been automated yet. getpocket.com/explore/ite…
The Chief Baker of the Titanic survived paddling for three hours in the frigid Atlantic waters after the sinking of the ship. This was due to a combination of two factors; he'd drunk a decent amount of alcohol, and he was a very good swimmer. He was the last man to leave the ship. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
The 1981 comedy film β€˜The Cannonball Run’ starring Burt Reynolds was actually a race event organized by Car & Driver editor Brock Yates to protest the 55 mph speed limit. It was the Cannonball Baker Sea-To-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash. There were 5 races run between 1971 & 1979. arnesantics.com/i-went-se…
Some Girl Scout Cookies have different names for the same cookie flavors because they are produced by 2 different bakers. girlscouts.org/en/cookies…
The father of Charles Dickens was sent to a debtors prison over owing a baker Β£40, Charles went to work off his father's debt at the age of 12 blackening shoes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
Dr. Shawn Baker, a California-based orthopedic surgeon, promotes the carnivore diet, where one eat animal products only. So, no vegetables, fruit, grains, legumes, nuts, seeds, or any starches self.com/story/im-a-regis…
The shortest opinion in Supreme Court history simply reads "The United States never pays costs." The case, United States v. Baker, upheld a common law tradition that private citizens may not demand costs from the federal government. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
The 1981 movie β€œCannonball Run” starring Burt Reynolds is based on a real event. Started in 1971 by Brock Yates to protest the 55mph speed limit the Cannonball Baker Sea to Shining Sea Memorial Trophy Dash was a race from NY City to LA. The current record is 2,825 miles in 27 hours 25 minutes. caranddriver.com/features…
Today I learned of the lynching of Postmaster Frazier B. Baker and his infant daughter. Frazier was appointed postmaster of Lake City, South Carolina in 1897. Local whites objected and had undertaken a campaign to force his removal. When efforts failed to dislodge Baker, a mob attacked him and his family. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lyn…
Rick Baker's practical effects for Wes Craven's werewolf film Cursed (2005) were scrapped and replaced with CGI. bloody-disgusting.com/int…
The name Baker's Chocolate isn't from baked goods: the wife of the founder sold the company to a Dr. Baker after her husband never returned from the West Indies (or just abandoned her) . Bonus: an employee named Samuel German invented German('s) Chocolate Cake, nothing to do with the country. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bak…
The Chief Baker on the Titanic "fortified" himself using alcohol and survived the freezing for two hours until he was rescued from the sinking ocean liner. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
German Chocolate Cake isn’t German. It’s actually the baker’s last name. southernliving.com/news/g…
Leslie David Baker, who played Stanley Hudson on the Office, was a teacher for special needs children before he was an actor. theoffice.fandom.com/wiki…
The word 'Biscuit' means β€˜cooked twice’ in French. Around 1690 in Reims (France), a baker wanted to make the most of the oven between two batches, so he had the idea of creating a special dough and cooking it twice. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bis…
Drummer Ginger Baker claims that he got addicted and came off heroin 29 times during his life. theguardian.com/music/201…
Electric cars have been around since the 1800s and used to be common in the US and Europe, with (for example) a 1901 Baker Electric being capable of going over 200 miles on one charge. lowtechmagazine.com/overv…
- a baker's dozen became 13, because bakers feared flogging or fines by overcharging their customers. britannica.com/story/why-…
The House of Amberg, of which the present King of the Netherlands Willem-Alexander is a member, became nobility when a pastor began calling himself "von Amsberg" and no one objected. His father had been a baker and his grandfather a blacksmith. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ams…
Sherlock Holmes' address, 221B Baker Street, was originally fictional, as Baker Street's numbering didn't go that high. However, street numbers were reallocated in the 1930s, and the building that got Holmes' address had to get a "secretary to Sherlock Holmes" to deal with it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/221…
From the early 1900s to the 1960s almost every bagel sold in New York City was made by hand by the union workers of Bagel Bakers Local 338. One strike in 1951 caused a city-wide "bagel famine" and they also spelled bagel as "beigel" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bag…
British explorer Sir Samuel White Baker owned a gun he named the "Baby," a 2 bore rifle so absurdly powerful that it was almost unusable. As the largest caliber ever built for a shoulder gun, it fired a half pound shell that would outclass even a .50 BMG in terms of sheer force. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2_b…
In 1995, convicted killer Daniel Luther Heiss discovered that the key pictured on his prisoners' information handbook was the masterkey for the whole prison. Fellow inmate Shane Baker, a trained jeweller, replicated it and both escaped. news.com.au/national/kill…
'The Great British Bake Off' is credited with the revival of the Women's Institute, which saw its highest number of new members since the 1970s shortly after the show began airing. It also resulted in an increase in the number of independent bakers and the number of people baking at home doubled en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The Twinkie was invented by James Dewar who worked as a baker for Continental Baking Company. He repurposed several machines used to make cream-filled strawberry shortcake that were sitting idle while strawberries were out of season. The original recipe used a banana cream. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
Today I learned about Laurence Baker, a life sentence inmate who was nevertheless electrocuted to death by a pair of homemade earphones deseretnews.com/article/5…
Charles Joughin, Chief Baker on Titanic, helped passengers board life boats (forcibly boarding those who thought it safer to stay on the ship), drank a 1/2 bottle of liqueur, then threw chairs overboard for use as flotation devices, rode the side of the ship down while it sunk, and survived en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
Ejection seat manufacturer Martin-Baker run the Ejection Tie Club, that is confined solely to those who have emergency ejected from an aircraft using a Martin-Baker ejection seat, which has thereby saved their life. martin-baker.com/ejection…
Taft was the first president to own and drive cars during his presidency. He owned a green Baker Electric, a vehicle was especially popular with women in the era, as it did not require any cranking and was virtually maintenance-free cars.com/articles/preside…
Markers were invented in 1947 when a baker named Elnathan Ryan wanted to be able to easily write on top of loaves of bread so customers would know exactly when the bread was baked. bbc.co.uk/programmes/p07b…
German Chocolate Cake is named after an American baker by the name of Samuel German, and has no affiliation with the country of Germany. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ger…
An estimated 15 – 21% of bakers have Baker’s asthma, which they develop following sensitization to cereal grains like wheat, rye and yeast. Guidelines have been set to limit the amount of flour dust per cubic metre and bakers employ strategies to minimize their exposure to flour dust. theconversation.com/how-b…
Today I learned of the Baker Electric, an early 20th century electric car that was marketed for women and whose interior was appointed like a parlor or sitting room. jalopnik.com/line-up-ladi…
Benito Mussolini’s son Romano Mussolini was a respected Jazz musician who toured internationally with artists including Dizzy Gillespie, Duke Ellington, Helen Merrill and Chet Baker. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rom…
Serial killer Robert Hansen AKA 'The Butcher Baker' took his victims to the wilderness in Alaska and hunted them like wild game. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
In 1928 when Josephine Baker came to town, Vienna churches rang their bells to warn good churchgoers to stay off the streets and steer clear of this "demon of immorality". jerryjazzmusician.com/201…
In 1825 London Prize Fighter Jonathan Bissel ("Young Gas") refused to take a Β£200 bribe from a muffin-baker's accomplices. Upon questioning a week later, the accomplices claimed they did not know the muffin man. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Charles baker, AKA "Skinny Pete" from Breaking Bad is a pianist and singer who got into acting to try to help his musical career. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
Thomas Baker was wounded and didn't want to get help. Instead, he was given a pistol with 8 bullets. Later, around his dead body were 8 dead enemies and an empty pistol. He received a Medal of Honor posthumously. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tho…
During filming of The Office episode Beach day, Rainn Wilson (Dwight) accidentally kicked sand into Leslie David Baker's (Stanley) eye. Baker had to be rushed to the hospital while he had his eye cleaned out, after being diagnosed with a scratched cornea. theoffice.fandom.com/wiki…
Edward Dickinson Baker was serving as a U.S. Senator when the U.S. Civil War broke out and re-joined the Army as a colonel. He was killed in battle and remains the only sitting U.S. senator ever to be killed in a military engagement. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edw…
Today I learned about Kosmos 954, a Soviet satellite powered by a nuclear reactor. In 1978, it re-entered Earth's atmosphere and scattered radioactive debris along a 600 km path from the Great Slave Lake to Baker Lake en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kos…
Leslie David Baker, aka Stanley Hudson from The Office, released an EDM song and accompanying music video in 2014 featuring Leslie sporting a bath robe dancing with bikini-clad ladies. His refrigerator also gives him a hand job at one point. youtu.be/DCT2IvjnYP0
Today I learned of a squirrel monkey named Miss Baker, who was one of the first animals to be launched into space by the United States and recovered alive. She lived to the age of 27, becoming the longest living squirrel monkey, and her tombstone often has a banana or two on top of it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mis…
The Martin-Baker company is the World's largest ejection seat manufacturer, supplying seats for 93 air forces, World wide. They claim to have saved 7567 lives martin-baker.com/
Today I learned of Baker's Math: flour weight is always expressed as 100%, and sets the foundation for every other ingredient- 66% water, 2% salt, etc. thefreshloaf.com/handbook…
Today I learned about Baker v. Nelson, a Minnesota Supreme Court case in 1971. The plaintiffs in it argued that the US Constitution provides a right to same-sex marriage through the 1st, 8th, 9th, and 14th Amendments. They lost their case by a unanimous margin but this ruling was overturned by SCOTUS in 2015. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bak…
The first confirmed "high five" was between LA Dodger teammates Dusty Baker and Glenn Burke on Oct 2, 1977. After Baker hit his 30th homerun of season, Burke met him at home plate with his hand held high over his head and Baker smacked it, later saying "It seemed like the thing to do." espn.com/espn/story/_/id/…
Lalla Ward who played Romana in Doctor Who has been married to Tom Baker and Richard Dawkins. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lal…
Ciabatta Bread was only invented in 1982, It was created by a Baker in Verona as the Italian response to French baguettes en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cia…
The Yeast on the Bakers Body Plays an Important Role in How Their Sourdough Tastes. gastropod.com/secrets-sou…
Bakers can develop wheat allergies and respiratory problems due to flour dust in the air created by "activities like sieving, weighing, and mixing". Some countries have introduced regulation to reduce the amount of loose flour. journals.co.za/content/ca…
The myths that David Bowie invented the board game Connect 4 and that Blockbusters host Bob Holnes played saxophone on Gerry Rafferty's Baker St were both invented by Stuart Maconie en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stu…
Today I learned of Edward Stuart Baker, a man who survived a panther attack by shoving his left arm down its throat. Despite losing his arm, he remained a formidable tennis player and even won a local tournament several years later. onlinelibrary.wiley.com/d…
Kathleen Mary Drew-Baker, a British Phycologist, led research supporting commercial seaweed cultivation which earned her the nickname "Mother of the Sea" in Japan where her work is also celebrated each year on April 14. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kat…
There is a tomb in the center of Rome constructed by a baker named Eurysaces. Likely born as a slave, Eurysaces later became a freedman and entered a contract with the Roman government and became a public servant. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom…
Raphael Ravenscroft was only paid Β£27.50 for laying down the most famous and well-recognized saxophone line in rock: Gerry Rafferty's "Baker Street" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rap…
Sean Baker, a Military Policeman at Guantanamo Bay, was ordered to impersonate a prisoner in a secret training mission for US Soldiers to practice extracting uncooperative inmates from their cells. He was beaten so hard he suffered from major seizures caused by traumatic brain injury. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea…
The battleship USS Arkansas at 560ft and 26,000 tons was photographed oriented completely vertically, having just suffered a nuclear blast during Baker Test of Operation Crossroads en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
Medal of Honor recipient Thomas Baker was gravely wounded and had his comrades leave him behind, propped up against a tree with a pistol that had 8 bullets remaining. Later they found his body next to the tree, surrounded by 8 dead Japanese soldiers cmohs.org/recipient-detai…
A lot of phrases we use every day have pretty dark origins. "Blockbusters" originally referred to bombs that could blow up streets. A "baker's dozen" started so bakers wouldn't be accused of ripping off customers and losing their hands. businessinsider.com/grues…
In Denmark, Danishes are called WienerbrΓΈd, literally translates to 'Vienna Bread', and are one of the few countries to actually recognize the real creator, Austrian bakers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan…
Able Baker Charlie, the mouse baker from Richard Scarry books, was named after WW2-era military spelling alphabets en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All…
In 1824, John Dickens was imprisoned for his unpaid debt of Β£40 (Β£4,520 today) owed to a baker. To help pay off the debt, his 12-year old son Charles worked 10 hours a day, 6 days a week in a boot-blacking factory, gluing labels onto cans for 6 shillings/week (Β£12.50 today). historyinanhour.com/2012/…
There is no comprehensive "less vs. fewer" rule according to Webster's. In fact the first known distinction was just the personal preference of linguist Robert Baker in 1770. eliteediting.com/resource…
Until 2015 a French law prohibited bakers in Paris from taking vacations at the same time, to avoid a bread shortage like the one that helped cause the French Revolution. Bakers met to decide who would be open in July and who would be open in August. npr.org/sections/thesalt/…
The Feigenson brothers, who developed Faygo, were originally bakers from Russia. The soda first became available in 1907 and came in three flavors: grape, strawberry, and fruit punch which were based on the brother's original cake frosting recipes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fay…
When a building society took residence at 221B Baker Street, London in the 1930's, they had to appoint a permanent "secretary to Sherlock Holmes" to answer the high volumes of fan mail they received. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/221…
A baker's dozen wasn't strictly 13. Baker's gave extra bread to avoid being penalised for selling short weight. So a dozen could be 13, 14 or even 15. phrases.org.uk/meanings/B…
The high five is believed by some to have originated from LA Dodgers players Dusty Baker and Glenn Burke during a game on October 2, 1977. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hig…
Today I learned of the Ejection Tie Club who’s members have all avoided certain death by being saved by Martin-Baker aircraft ejection seats martin-baker.com/ejection…
The iconic baker known as Betty Crocker never actually existed, and was merely a marketing tool created by General Mills. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bet…

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