In the 19th century, profit-maximizing recipe used by milk producers was a pint of lukewarm water for every quart of milkβ€”after the cream was skimmed; To whiten the bluish liquid they added chalk and to replace skimmed-off layer of cream, they might add a final flourish of pureed calf brains theatlantic.com/magazine/…
A Marking Harness, a sponge of chalk or crayon worn on a Ram's chest, is used to tell which sheep a ram has mounted. (Some sheep end up looking polka dotted.) sheepcanada.com/what-a-ma…
Today I learned about the first cartoon ever made. "Humorous Phases of Funny Faces" was released on April 6, 1906 by J. Stuart Blackton. The film features chalk drawings that move and change. loc.gov/item/00694006/
Binney, working with his wife, Alice Stead Binney, who coined the name Crayola by combining the French word for chalk, craie, with the first part of oleaginous, the oily paraffin wax used to make the crayon. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cra…
The term β€œmark” originated from the carnival. When dishonest game operators found someone they could entice to keep playing their rigged game, they would "mark" the player by patting their back with a hand that had chalk on it. Other carnies would then keep an eye out for rubes with chalk marks. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tra…
Hagoromo Bungu, a Japanese chalk and office supply company is famous among mathematicians for their product, Hagoromo Fulltouch Chalk, referred to as the Rolls-Royce of Chalk. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hag…
During WW2, a 360 ft long prehistoric chalk horse figure on a hill in Britain, was covered over with turf and hedge trimmings so that German pilots could not use it for navigation during bombing raids. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uff…
Applying chalk to a billiard cue increases the amount of friction between the ball and the cue, preventing the tip slipping from the ball during a strike. It is also not made of chalk, but a substance called corundum (aluminum oxide and silica). legacybilliards.com/blog/…
The Union Pacific "Big Boy" locomotive got that name because someone scribbled it in chalk in front of one of the locomotives as it was being built. The engine's original rumored name? "Wasatch" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
Vellum (Parchment) is an animal product produced through a process of cleaning, stretching, and scraping. The process is finalized by using pumice and chalk to create a finish that will accept ink. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vel…
Thomas Paine narrowly avoided the guillotine due to a severe fever. When a man came to chalk an X in the cell's door to mark the prisoner, the man marked the inside of the door since it was open to aid Paine's fever. When the door was later closed, no mark could be seen outside the cell. rebeccaromney.com/2012/11…
Common chalk is made from the micro skeletal remains of trillions of microscopic plankton which died approximately 145mn years ago. geology.com/rocks/chalk.s…
Henry Ford once balked at paying $10,000 to General Electric for work done troubleshooting a generator, and asked for an itemized bill. The engineer who performed the work, Charles Steinmetz, sent this: "Making chalk mark on generator, $1. Knowing where to make mark, $9,999." Ford paid the bill. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
During WWII, access to beauty products were in short supply, so the woman adopted the slogan "beauty is duty" and used more abundant ingredients such as beetroot, boot polish, chalk, and margarine. myhoustondaily.com/beauty…
In 2001, IBM paid street artists to tag various spots around San Francisco as part of an ad campaign. Artists were supposed to use a bio-degradable chalk that would wash off easily, but used spray-paint instead. IBM denied involvement at first, but later had to pay the city $100,000 articles.latimes.com/2001…
Benchmarking originated from Frederick Taylor at the start of the twentieth century. He identified excellent performers by putting a chalk mark on their benches. oreilly.com/library/view/…
After 9/11, a commuter train station in New Jersey made chalk marks on the tires of unclaimed cars in the station parking lot to help identify the missing en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sum…
Today I Learned Alain Robert is a French climber. Known as "the French Spider-Man" he is famous for his free solo climbing, scaling skyscrapers using no climbing equipment except for a small bag of chalk and a pair of climbing shoes. Www.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al…
Microfossils have convicted killers. Evidence which convicted Ian Huntley (2002) was the identification of the same microfossil species found in chalk on his boots and the trail where the victims were dumped. Pollen also matched the victims clothes to his garden. nhm.ac.uk/natureplus/blog…
In the late 1800s and early 1900s hobos used symbols written with coal or chalk to share messages with fellow travelers. homelessfriend.org/2015/0…
When the Cannel Tunnel was built the British used the excavated chalk to create a little bit of artificial land which is now a park. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam…
Sheep breeders put chalk on the male sheep, which leaves a chalk mark on the females it's mated with to monitor reproduction. critters360.com/index.php…
In 1830 students at Yale revolted over the introduction of chalk boards mentalfloss.com/article/6…
Crayola means 'oily chalk', from the words 'craie' (French for 'chalk') and 'ola' for 'oleaginous' or 'oily' en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cra…
In 1998 a 19 year old student at MIT jumped from a 15th story building and died. Before he did so he wrote Newton's equation for how an object accelerates as it falls on a chalk board, along with a sketch of a stick figure tossing a chair en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phi…
Picasso made over 400 portraits of his second wife, more than any of his other lovers. They met at a pottery when she was 26 years old and he was 72. He romanced her by drawing a dove on her house in chalk and bringing her one rose a day until she agreed to date him six months later en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jac…
Uffington White Horse was created 3,000 years ago by Bronze Age man using deep trenches filled with crushed chalk. It is now listed as a Scheduled Ancient Monument. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uff…
The word "candidate" comes from the Latin term "Toga Candida" - a ceremonial robe that had been rubbed with chalk until it reached a dazzling white hue and was worn by adult Roman men seeking public office. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tog…
There is a disorder named Pica, which is often caused by iron or other mineral deficiencies. The person suffering from it craves for things which have no nutritional value such as paper, clay, metal, chalk, soil, glass, or sand. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pic…
Chalk sticks are not made with actual chalk, but with gypsum todayifoundout.com/index.…
Women in the 19th century used lead as a makeup foundation to whiten their skin-tone and would eat chalk and drink iodine to achieve a lighter tone. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fou…
There are 15km of tunnels dug into chalk, under CheΕ‚m, Poland. These tunnels were dug right from the cellers of peoples homes, they eventually met up with other tunnels creating a vast network. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Che…
Burglars in some areas draw chalk symbols on potential target houses to represent information such as 'has an alarm' and 'nothing worth stealing' mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news…
Canada had it's own Nuclear accidents at Chalk River, Ontario in 1952 and 58. Jimmy Carter helped clean up after the first disaster. nuclear-energy.net/nuclea…
Kevin G (Rajiv Surendra) from Mean Girls is a respected chalk artist architecturaldigest.com/s…
There are almost 100,000 people in Utah who celebrate the Hare Krishna movement every spring by having a giant colored chalk fight. tabulaa.com/p/rM363rG4Sy9
Crayola means "oily chalk" crayola.com/faq/your-hist…
Chalk outlines were drawn by police for press photographs and not for investigative purposes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
Ordinary Chalk Repels Ants homeguides.sfgate.com/kin…
Police don't actually use chalk outlines to mark the position of a body as it would contaminate the crime scene. Some police officers, though, have been brainwashed by TV shows into thinking they are actually supposed to outline bodies. woot.com/blog/post/the-de…
:Edwin Binney, working with his wife, Alice Stead Binney, came up with their famous Crayola brand of crayons. Alice came up with the name Crayola by combining the French word for chalk, craie, with the first part of oleaginous, the oily paraffin wax used to make the crayon. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cra…
Near the end of Miami Vice's first episode in 1984, the villain escapes from Crocket & Tubbs on a seaplane. 21 years later, that same seaplane (as Chalk's Ocean Airways Flight 101) plummeted into the ocean by Miami Beach after its wing fell off, killing all 20 passengers and crew. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
Contouring started with stage actors in 16th century Elizabethan England who would apply chalk and soot to their faces to help audience members read their facial expressions. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Con…
Cops chalk your tires to see how long you've parked in a space, and it can be a class B felony if you remove it. freekeene.com/2013/02/08/…
The first chalkboard gag from The Simpsons was on the second episode and it stated "I will not waste chalk." simpsons.wikia.com/wiki/L…
The word "candidate" means "brilliant white" in Latin. Roman politicians seeking office would stand out from the crowd by covering their togas in chalk. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tog…
Today I learned of Pica disorder where humans take to eating dirt,chalk,feces,pens,pencils etc and is named after the magpie bird which had a reputation of eating almost anything en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pic…
We hate the 'fingernail on chalkboard, squeaky styrofoam and chalk against slate' sounds because the amplification is so great to the point that it becomes painful. geekosystem.com/nails-cha…
Today I learned of a roadside "newspaper" in the heart of the Liberian capital, Monrovia, that was created as a way to give the people who could not afford television or newspaper a means for being informed. Every day's edition is only produced once and each day's biggest stories are written in chalk. aljazeera.com/programmes/…
Agatha Christie disappeared for 10 days. Her car was left abandoned near a chalk quarry and she was eventually found under a different name at the Swan Hydropathic Hotel. She never mentioned what happened during that time and most suspect she was suffering from a fugue state. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aga…
Hobo's had a code of symbols that they used to chalk on places to pass on information to other hobos about the area. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hob…
Before toothbrushes, people used rough cloth and water to clean their teeth. They would also rub things like salt and chalk across their teeth to try to get rid of the grime. washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn…
There's a type of graffiti called Yarn Bombing that employs colorful displays of knitted or crocheted yarn instead of paint or chalk en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yar…
The candy Smarties (Rockets in Canada) actually come in six different flavors, depending on their color. They all taste like sweet chalk to me. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sma…
Crime scene investigators do not use chalk outlines on a crime scene to mark a dead body as it might contaminate any evidence. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
.Crayola means "oily chalk." The name is derived from the French words craie, or "chalk," and ola, an abbreviation for "oleaginous," or "oily." blurtit.com/q512782.html
Chalk sticks aren't actually made out of chalk. They're made out of gypsum en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bla…
There is a disorder in which people crave dirt or chalk due to an iron deficiency en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/P…
Blackboard Chalk, or calcium carbonate, is also the active ingredient in antacids ima-na.org/calcium-carbon…
Before Kurt Wenner did his famous 3D pavement chalk art, he worked for NASA as an advanced scientific illustrator, creating conceptual paintings of future space projects and extraterrestrial landscapes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kur…
Bile duct obstructions can lead to chalk white stool. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uro…
Picking "chalk" in your NCAA tournament brackets is a reference to horse-racing bookies writing their odds on a chalkboard vocabulary.com/articles/w…
You can keep ants away with a line of chalk youtube.com/watch?v=u5f-I…
Japan Makes the World's Best Chalk boston.com/bostonglobe/id…
Advent calendars date back to Lutheran Germany at the beginning of the nineteenth century, when religious families began to physically count the days until Christmas by drawing lines in chalk on their doors, lighting a candle or hanging religious images on the walls on their homes historytoday.com/blog/new…
Al-Qaeda has its own magazine called "Inspire" that is chalk full of all your Jihad needs and accessories. npr.org/templates/story/s…

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